YOUR MP WRITES: Newport West MP, Paul Flynn

YOUR MP WRITES: Newport West MP, Paul Flynn

YOUR MP WRITES: Newport West MP, Paul Flynn

First published in News

THERE is a war on Newport jobs- from several directions.

The local economy had recovered. A serious collapse of industrial jobs was replaced by the import of several thousand public sector clerical jobs. They have settled down well and prospered in their Newport habitat.

A total of 150 jobs were pilfered from our Passport Office. The slim-down has emaciated the passport service into present chaos. I asked the Passport supremo on Tuesday last week to bring the jobs back.

Sacking Newport workers was planned to save £2.6 million a year. In May this year they paid £1 million in overtime costs. By December overtime costs will be £5m more than in 2013. The economics of the madhouse.

Elsewhere in Newport the vastly successful Newport Shared Services are under attack from Government malice. Since 2006 they have saved the country £120 million.

The privatiser Steria group has wasted £56 million. No pat on the back for the Newport staff. Just a kick in teeth from the Government who threaten to export the jobs to India. Steria’s failure is rewarded: Newport staff’s success is punished.

The Financial Times carried a snide attack from Londoners against Newport’s Office for National Statistics. The metropolitan elite has always resented the move from England’s capital. They want the jobs repatriated to over-crowded, over-heated, jobs-rich London. We must remind them that the move to Newport has been a brilliant success.

With Jessica Morden and other Welsh MPs I am on the barricades defending Newport’s jobs.

Select Committees do great work - but are useless when ignored by Government. I strongly backed a demand from one of my Select Committees to jam the Revolving Door.

This is the racket where senior politicians, military and civil servants prostitute their insider knowledge in retirement to get lucrative jobs that damage public interests.

The body that claims to police these abuses is a toothless pussy cat without power of influence. Select Committees should be answered by Government in two months. This one has been ignored for 21 months.

Hope it’s not the retirement ambitions of ministers and civil servants that’s delaying their answer.

Sangin, Musa Qala, Now Zad, Kajaki, all defended and liberated at the cost of the lives of hundreds of brave British soldiers. All these places are now reported to be controlled by the Taliban. I will give a talk before the NATO summit asking ‘Can Afghanistan be fairly described as ‘MISSION ACCOMPLISHED?’

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5:15pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Magor says...

Come on then Paul get some real jobs into Newport, that are not funded by the taxpayer.How about TATA they own land and are expanding their car operation in England.
Come on then Paul get some real jobs into Newport, that are not funded by the taxpayer.How about TATA they own land and are expanding their car operation in England. Magor
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7:07pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"The Financial Times carried a snide attack from Londoners against Newport’s Office for National Statistics."

Unfortunately, The Times is no longer impartial. It's now just another Murdoch owned tabloid in both content and format, however much certain of those who buy it like to fool themselves that they'd be too intelligent and sophisticated to ever see themselves as a tabloid reader.
"The Financial Times carried a snide attack from Londoners against Newport’s Office for National Statistics." Unfortunately, The Times is no longer impartial. It's now just another Murdoch owned tabloid in both content and format, however much certain of those who buy it like to fool themselves that they'd be too intelligent and sophisticated to ever see themselves as a tabloid reader. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -1

8:43pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"toothless **** cat"

That's interesting. When I posted a comment some time ago about a certain Russian punk band that got imprisoned by the Putin regime for some reason the SWA blanked out the word "****" that went in front of the "Riot". I thought why ever in the world would anyone find lil' kittehs offensive?;)
"toothless **** cat" That's interesting. When I posted a comment some time ago about a certain Russian punk band that got imprisoned by the Putin regime for some reason the SWA blanked out the word "****" that went in front of the "Riot". I thought why ever in the world would anyone find lil' kittehs offensive?;) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -1

9:34pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

Katie
The Financial Times, not The Times.
Katie The Financial Times, not The Times. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: 1

5:19pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Severn40 says...

But Mr Flynn, why no comment on the job losses at the University of South Wales in your constituency? This has been happening for over a year - and it is the direct result of your party's policy in Cardiff Bay. These are well paid jobs - well above the Newport and Welsh average - being lost.
But Mr Flynn, why no comment on the job losses at the University of South Wales in your constituency? This has been happening for over a year - and it is the direct result of your party's policy in Cardiff Bay. These are well paid jobs - well above the Newport and Welsh average - being lost. Severn40
  • Score: 1

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