YOUR MP WRITES: Torfaen MP Paul Murphy

South Wales Argus: YOUR MP WRITES: Torfaen MP Paul Murphy YOUR MP WRITES: Torfaen MP Paul Murphy

SHE told them so! Well done to Newport East MP Jessica Morden for being proved right, after she warned about the consequences of cuts to the passport service. Now we see a nationwide application backlog, as overstretched staff try to cope with the consequences of Tory cuts and incompetence.

I was puzzled when Ministers claimed there was no great problem in the House of Commons this week. I’ve had a spate of constituents contact me in the past fortnight, worried about getting their passports back in time to go on holiday. Perhaps if Theresa May and her Ministers listened to the wise advice of Jessica Morden, many people would have been spared an anxious wait.

MPs also had a long wait before the Government called us back to hear its final Queen’s Speech before the election. This annual occasion is our chance to hear what legislation the Government has in store for the coming year. This year, what struck me is how little there was in it. It seems there is not much the coalition can agree on after four dubious years together. Nick Clegg and Vince Cable have certainly seemed a little awkward when pictured together in recent weeks, and there’s no love lost on the Tory benches for their Liberal colleagues either.

One thing I do agree with Vince on, though, is the welcome legislation to tackle the unfair practices of Pubcos – something I’ve written about before in this column. We desperately need a statutory code to stop hard-working publicans being treated outrageously by Pubcos who watch their tenants work their fingers to the bone and take an unfair share of the profits. This is an important issue as without action, too many community pubs are needlessly closing and too many communities are losing out. A good, responsibly-run pub is a great asset – and let’s remember too that these publicans are hard-working local small businessmen and women.

I spoke in the House last year and voiced my suspicion that Vince Cable, as Business Secretary, agreed with our campaign, but that someone else in Government was stopping him acting. So the proposed Bill is progress, even if it badly needs strengthening to include an enforceable market rent review with a free of tie option. I will be pursuing amendments in the Commons on these points, and hope they can attract cross-party support. That way, publicans can decide whether the tie works for their pub, and responsible drinkers will have a fairer deal too

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8:27pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Milkmanofhumankindness says...

Jessica Morden was indeed proved right however I doubt the many who had the vision to see this coming in the first place will get any credit from hell bent Tory die hards, Libdem tag-a-longs or stiring kippers.
And as for:

“ Nick Clegg and Vince Cable have certainly seemed a little awkward when pictured together in recent weeks”

Yes true right, Cable looks so uncomfortable drinking a pint in a pub but I guess him and Nick Clegg emulating Nigel Farage is a last grasp attempt to relate to the common man! What a couple of losers don’t they know that trick cant be done twice.

Agreeing with Vince or any libdems Mr Murphy is a most unwise thing to do even if they are right.
The few public believers in politicians still around have lost respect for all of them and don’t want to see Labour cozying up in any way and do not want to accept another coalition weather it be Lab/dems or Con/Kips

Labour are nationally spouting out promises of better pay and an end to zero hours contracts and its all very good to hear, however locally in Torfaens Labour strong hold you are failing to connect.
The public dont want to see money wasted on things like Twinning activities including subsidised trips to Germany, flag poles! Yes flag poles and replacement headstones for dead soldiers in the 1870s when wages and jobs should be protected first. check the link below.

Britain's workers today are suffering the most protracted squeeze on their incomes since the long depression of the 1870s Labour are right about that and workers today are in Torfaen public roles experiencing discontentment due to wrong grading and non recognition Labour are not seeing this.
Labour Locally could be doing a lot more right now.


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Jessica Morden was indeed proved right however I doubt the many who had the vision to see this coming in the first place will get any credit from hell bent Tory die hards, Libdem tag-a-longs or stiring kippers. And as for: “ Nick Clegg and Vince Cable have certainly seemed a little awkward when pictured together in recent weeks” Yes true right, Cable looks so uncomfortable drinking a pint in a pub but I guess him and Nick Clegg emulating Nigel Farage is a last grasp attempt to relate to the common man! What a couple of losers don’t they know that trick cant be done twice. Agreeing with Vince or any libdems Mr Murphy is a most unwise thing to do even if they are right. The few public believers in politicians still around have lost respect for all of them and don’t want to see Labour cozying up in any way and do not want to accept another coalition weather it be Lab/dems or Con/Kips Labour are nationally spouting out promises of better pay and an end to zero hours contracts and its all very good to hear, however locally in Torfaens Labour strong hold you are failing to connect. The public dont want to see money wasted on things like Twinning activities including subsidised trips to Germany, flag poles! Yes flag poles and replacement headstones for dead soldiers in the 1870s when wages and jobs should be protected first. check the link below. Britain's workers today are suffering the most protracted squeeze on their incomes since the long depression of the 1870s Labour are right about that and workers today are in Torfaen public roles experiencing discontentment due to wrong grading and non recognition Labour are not seeing this. Labour Locally could be doing a lot more right now. : https://t.co/bj9Kh8S nol : Milkmanofhumankindness
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8:28pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Milkmanofhumankindness says...

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