I see our new labour MP, John Healey is busy with spinning stories and distorting the truth.
He claims he opposed the Governments latest welfare reforms. What a whopper.
The fact is he did not. He abstained with most of his colleagues and the other local MPs. Which helped the tories to get it through.
He sided with Harriet Harman and Yvette Cooper Balls instead of the poor and his constituents.
The fact is only 48 Labour MPs opposed the Government together with all the SNP, green and other parties.
The fact is if they had opposed the welfare attacks then it would in fact have been defeated.
They wanted to be seen as tough on welfare but they rightly got a backlash from own activists.
Healey was heavily criticised for abstaining by many who disowned his actions. He was pilloried in meetings and on social media.
He now seems to be re writing history and taking local people for fools – as if they incapable of checking on his voting.
Pity he failed to make the points he is claiming and then opposed the Tory measures instead of sitting on his hands.
Oh what a web we spin?
Labour opposed destructive benefit cuts
“Nearly two thirds of Rotherham and Barnsley children live in families who could be hit hard by the government’s new welfare cuts which target tax credits. The changes will increase child poverty and reduce incentives for people to work. At the same time the government are gifting an inheritance tax cut to the country’s wealthiest households. Labour tried to stop the Welfare Reform Bill with an amendment, and I voted against it like all Labour MPs. The government defeated us as Labour does not have a majority in the House of Commons, even combined with other parties.”
I am grateful to the author of this piece but they ticked the ‘no publicity’ box.
I am left with the simple question, who holds the MPs to account? All other elected offices have appropriate mechanisms whereby their standards of conduct can be challenged, but not in the case of MPs, it would appear? Rik.