John Healey upsets a constituent

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.

15 thoughts on “John Healey upsets a constituent

  1. The comments are spot on.

    When I read Johns latest newsletter i was astounded by his claims.

    So much for child poverty or famlies in Rotherham and Barnsley eh.

    Perhaps mr healy will change the newsletter with an apolpgy for attempting to hoodwink people and an apology for failing to oppose.?

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  2. The comments are spot on.

    When I read Johns latest newsletter i was astounded by his claims.

    So much for child poverty or famlies in Rotherham and Barnsley eh.

    Perhaps mr healy will change the newsletter with an apolpgy for attempting to hoodwink people and an apology for failing to oppose.?

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  3. Is it any wonder why Labour and union members are supporting jeremy corbyn in their droves.

    He stands by his beliefs and defends real labour values

    New Labour is thankfully a spent force

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  4. Rik
    Will you name the 48 principled MPs who voted against the government welfare attacks,

    Which of the leaders and deputy leader candidates voted against?

    And a list of the white feathers who abstained

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  5. Enlightening.

    So healey abstained and did NOT oppose.

    I see only denis skinner, louise haigh from sheffield heeley and burgon at leeds were the only ones from near to us that opposed it. Well done to them and the 48.

    Yes I would rather crawl through vomit than not vote against.

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  6. He will face re-selection in a couple of years time. so he may wish not to be so distant from the views of his clp activists mon welfare and other policies.

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  7. Many of my family and friends have had to rely on welfare several times in our lives.

    We will not be supporting him after this disgrace. Beter to sit on the fence or vote against

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  8. Shameful that he and many labour MPs abstained.Not a very bright thing to do jon and then mislead people. A follower not a leader.

    Shows its not just percy turner who do porkie pies eh?

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  9. His words in full
    Working for you
    HOMENEWSABOUT JOHNWENTWORTH & DEARNELATEST POLLGET IN TOUCHHELP & ADVICE
    Welfare Reform and Work Bill
    After failing to give people any detail before the election about where the deep cuts to vital benefits were coming from, the new Conservative government are now determined to take the most from those who can least afford it.
    The cuts they are making are not necessary and do nothing to deal with the causes of the rising benefits bill. You can read my wider thoughts on this here.
    Tory ministers are determined to erode and dismantle the advances made by generations of Labour and progressive campaigners, including the significant improvements made under the last Labour government. The cuts they are making will be deeply damaging. Over the next few years we will see higher child poverty and homelessness as a result of these changes, with people on low incomes both in work and out of work suffering.
    Last night Labour tried to stop the Welfare Reform and Work Bill with an amendment which opposed this legislation because it will increase poverty. This was a straightforward opposition to those parts of the Bill which will unjustifiably hurt people and families on low incomes, and particularly children. The government defeated us as Labour does not have a majority in the House of Commons even combined with other parties.
    Along with other Labour colleagues I then abstained on the so-called ‘second reading’ of the Bill, for the simple reason that there were parts of the Bill which Labour backs – including the commitment to more apprentices, and measures to cut rents for tenants in council and housing association homes.
    This abstention clearly does not show any ambivalence, much less support for the brutal Tory welfare cuts, which as set out in the Labour amendment to block the Bill, I and many Labour colleagues completely oppose.
    Tweets by @JohnHealey_MP

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  10. Woody

    Thats cobblers. If you accept that you gullible.

    If there are good parts buried in vomit you deal with the good parts seperately as a new motion. You do not swallow the vomit and bad parts that attack the poor.

    The Snp and the 48 labour MPs who opposed the tories got it.

    The others obeyed Ms Harman and the whips instead of their convictions or conscience?

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