YOUR MP WRITES: Paul Flynn, Labour MP for Newport West

YOUR MP WRITES: Paul Flynn, Labour MP for Newport West

YOUR MP WRITES: Paul Flynn, Labour MP for Newport West

First published in News

WILDINGS had already been in business for 32 years when the Transporter Bridge opened in 1906.

Now it’s recreated itself with a stylish new identity as fresh as tomorrow. The re-opening was a joy. Ladies of mature years recalled that they bought their utility school uniforms there ‘in the war.’

Wildings have earned the trust and loyalty of Newportonians who will repay the friendly shop with their custom. Other ingrate firms betrayed us and fled to bleak warehouses on the city’s periphery.

After recent nightmares, the only way forward for city centre retailing is up. The Phoenix will rise from the ashes. The happy optimism of the Wilding’s re-opening celebration will spread in a Newport renaissance.

* Politics is in a rare turmoil.

Part of the collateral damage of the Euro vote was that Newport was denied our own MEP by a smidgeon of votes. Happily, Jayne Bryant is established as a charismatic serious politician. She won the primary election in Welsh Labour with a 66% vote. Her tireless campaigning won her respect throughout the country.

She will have a bright future.

* The value to Newport of the NATO summit must not be exaggerated in the way the Ryder Cup was over-hyped.

But it is a unique world event that will shape Newport’s image. Jessica Morden and I want the influential visitors to witness the best of life here. We plan to ensure that the favourable publicity is not hi-jacked by other cities.

The Newport summit comes as a turbulent point in European history. Decisions taken here could have profound consequences for world peace. Protests are legitimate and necessary. All views should be ventilated. That’s the Newport tradition.

The venue was chosen to show the best of Wales and the UK. The most powerful leaders of the Western world will be our guests. We must greet them with respect and courtesy. Newport earned international goodwill as the splendid venue for the meeting of Europe’s foreign ministers in 2008.

In September we can further enhance our good name worldwide.

* It’s an omen-not to be ignored.

Frear the Chancellor of the Exchequer's cat escaped from Downing Street and padded down to the area of my London flat in Vauxhall. He was captured and returned to George Osborne in a limousine, the only appropriate transport for Conservative fat cats.

Time to worry when the cat leaves the sinking ship.

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6:28pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"The most powerful leaders of the Western world will be our guests. We must greet them with respect and courtesy."

The *most powerful leaders of the Western world* are no more important than any of the rest of us. In fact, I thought the whole idea of democracy was that the masses were supposed to be the most important people and the politicians our servants?

One other thing; why is it when Israel is accused of using white phosphorus as a weapon you're full of condemnation for them, yet when NATO use it in Iraq and Afghanistan (during the time your own Party was in power) you are not only completely silent but are know impressing upon the people of Newport the importance of us making sure we doff our caps to our 'social betters' and welcome them with open arms?

Or am I, perhaps, being somewhat disingenuous here?
"The most powerful leaders of the Western world will be our guests. We must greet them with respect and courtesy." The *most powerful leaders of the Western world* are no more important than any of the rest of us. In fact, I thought the whole idea of democracy was that the masses were supposed to be the most important people and the politicians our servants? One other thing; why is it when Israel is accused of using white phosphorus as a weapon you're full of condemnation for them, yet when NATO use it in Iraq and Afghanistan (during the time your own Party was in power) you are not only completely silent but are know impressing upon the people of Newport the importance of us making sure we doff our caps to our 'social betters' and welcome them with open arms? Or am I, perhaps, being somewhat disingenuous here? Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 1

6:44pm Mon 2 Jun 14

blackandamber says...

Jayne Bryant another labour party apparatchik who works for you Mr Flynn. No wonder your'e disappointed.
Jayne Bryant another labour party apparatchik who works for you Mr Flynn. No wonder your'e disappointed. blackandamber
  • Score: 4

12:48am Tue 3 Jun 14

Howie' says...

Thought you might have used this column to announce your retirement Paul as you will be 80 next February, or are you planning to stand again?
Thought you might have used this column to announce your retirement Paul as you will be 80 next February, or are you planning to stand again? Howie'
  • Score: 4

10:01am Tue 3 Jun 14

Owainicus says...

"Politics is in a rare turmoil" because an election didn't award Labour all the power for less than a third of the vote? Newport wasn't denied an MEP, we have four of them same as the rest of Wales. They might not have been your choice Paul, but they were as close as the voting system allowed possible to our choice - you remember us, the people, the ones whose interests you're supposed to represent?
"Politics is in a rare turmoil" because an election didn't award Labour all the power for less than a third of the vote? Newport wasn't denied an MEP, we have four of them same as the rest of Wales. They might not have been your choice Paul, but they were as close as the voting system allowed possible to our choice - you remember us, the people, the ones whose interests you're supposed to represent? Owainicus
  • Score: 4

5:19pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Newportg says...

Excellent local MP.
Excellent local MP. Newportg
  • Score: -4

8:21am Tue 10 Jun 14

scraptheWAG says...

fantastic job you have done for newport paul you must so proud looking around this deprived run down town
fantastic job you have done for newport paul you must so proud looking around this deprived run down town scraptheWAG
  • Score: 2

8:22am Tue 10 Jun 14

scraptheWAG says...

Newportg wrote:
Excellent local MP.
why is he what has he done for his 100k package per annum - que no response
[quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: Excellent local MP.[/p][/quote]why is he what has he done for his 100k package per annum - que no response scraptheWAG
  • Score: 1

6:37pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Newportg says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
Newportg wrote:
Excellent local MP.
why is he what has he done for his 100k package per annum - que no response
Just ask his constituents who vote for him at each election. I have the greatest respect for them and none for you!!!
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: Excellent local MP.[/p][/quote]why is he what has he done for his 100k package per annum - que no response[/p][/quote]Just ask his constituents who vote for him at each election. I have the greatest respect for them and none for you!!! Newportg
  • Score: -2

11:32pm Sun 15 Jun 14

scraptheWAG says...

Newportg wrote:
scraptheWAG wrote:
Newportg wrote:
Excellent local MP.
why is he what has he done for his 100k package per annum - que no response
Just ask his constituents who vote for him at each election. I have the greatest respect for them and none for you!!!
i asked what he had done for newport can you answer, I appreciate you vote labour cause your father did
[quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: Excellent local MP.[/p][/quote]why is he what has he done for his 100k package per annum - que no response[/p][/quote]Just ask his constituents who vote for him at each election. I have the greatest respect for them and none for you!!![/p][/quote]i asked what he had done for newport can you answer, I appreciate you vote labour cause your father did scraptheWAG
  • Score: 1

3:08pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Newportg says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
Newportg wrote:
scraptheWAG wrote:
Newportg wrote:
Excellent local MP.
why is he what has he done for his 100k package per annum - que no response
Just ask his constituents who vote for him at each election. I have the greatest respect for them and none for you!!!
i asked what he had done for newport can you answer, I appreciate you vote labour cause your father did
There's plenty of information. Look it up yourself!!!
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: Excellent local MP.[/p][/quote]why is he what has he done for his 100k package per annum - que no response[/p][/quote]Just ask his constituents who vote for him at each election. I have the greatest respect for them and none for you!!![/p][/quote]i asked what he had done for newport can you answer, I appreciate you vote labour cause your father did[/p][/quote]There's plenty of information. Look it up yourself!!! Newportg
  • Score: 0

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