YOUR MP WRITES: Newport West MP Paul Flynn

I DON’T say this very often. Congratulations to the Tory councillors who blew the whistle on the abuses of the drainage body. It took courage and persistence to reveal the murky facts.

The auditor’s excoriating conclusion is that the quango “lost sight of the fact that it was a public body. It failed to remember that it did not exist for its own sake but to serve those who work and live on the Gwent levels.”

Council tax payers were overcharged. Landowners were undercharged.

Many board members are landowners. Board members disregarded the Nolan principles by failing to declare financial and other interests. The board was run as a private fiefdom.

The levels are the precious fens of Wales. They were not in safe hands.

Ancient ‘ridge and furrow’ fields have been buried. Reens have been polluted by the watchdog against pollution. A unique environment was put at risk for commercial gain.

Apart from whistle blowers, all board members must be sacked. They presided over gross abuses.

All monies claimed unlawfully must be repaid. The Crown Prosecution Service should review its options.

This is a first step. I will be seeking a parliamentary debate and a probe by the Commons Public Administration Committee.

WELL done Gwent Victim Support.

Their hustings for the Police Commissioners Election was an eye-opener.

The 23-year wait for the truth on Hillsborough convinced me that we need a strong commissioner outside of the police community.

Gwent has been well served by its police force. But all bodies tend to close ranks in crises.

There is no need for a second chief constable. That’s a recipe for division.

But we do need a powerful advocate for victims at the heart of policy making.

Afghanistan

MY crime was being caught in possession of the truth.

The ‘lie’ I nailed is a deadly one that has sent our brave soldiers to Afghanistan. No British soldier’s life should be put in peril unless there is a threat to the people of our country.

We have lost 433 soldiers. 2,000 others have returned broken in body and mind.

In March, I petitioned to bring our troops home. 25 have been killed since then. By 2015, it could be another 100.

Canadian and Dutch troops withdrew with their heads held high.

Come to my public meeting on Friday, October 19, at 7.30pm at the Newport Civic Centre. What should we do now?

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6:05pm Mon 15 Oct 12

welshmen says...

Well said Mr Flynn, i hope there's a lot of support for the Friday meeting at 7.30, our troops needed to have come home along time ago, like you said the Afghan Taliban are NOT a threat to this Country,some of our Politicians use a war to promote there own indulgencies with the media ready for the Next Election to safe guard there job at no cost of hurt to their Families, if any one attacks this Country then we fight...
Well said Mr Flynn, i hope there's a lot of support for the Friday meeting at 7.30, our troops needed to have come home along time ago, like you said the Afghan Taliban are NOT a threat to this Country,some of our Politicians use a war to promote there own indulgencies with the media ready for the Next Election to safe guard there job at no cost of hurt to their Families, if any one attacks this Country then we fight... welshmen
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9:18am Tue 16 Oct 12

Woodgnome says...

Yes, well said Mr Flynn - public bodies must serve the public.

I hope Mr Flynn takes a similar interest in Newport C C Labour administration's current antics in relation to Gypsy and traveller sites. A significant tranche of public opinion believes that NCC Labour Councillors are serving only Labour's interests and not those that did not vote for them!.!
Yes, well said Mr Flynn - public bodies must serve the public. I hope Mr Flynn takes a similar interest in Newport C C Labour administration's current antics in relation to Gypsy and traveller sites. A significant tranche of public opinion believes that NCC Labour Councillors are serving only Labour's interests and not those that did not vote for them!.! Woodgnome
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3:03pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Mr Angry says...

Woodgnome wrote:
Yes, well said Mr Flynn - public bodies must serve the public. I hope Mr Flynn takes a similar interest in Newport C C Labour administration's current antics in relation to Gypsy and traveller sites. A significant tranche of public opinion believes that NCC Labour Councillors are serving only Labour's interests and not those that did not vote for them!.!
No different to the Tory Government, serving Tory interests and not those that did not vote for them.

Works both ways you know,

doesn't make it right in either case mind.
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Yes, well said Mr Flynn - public bodies must serve the public. I hope Mr Flynn takes a similar interest in Newport C C Labour administration's current antics in relation to Gypsy and traveller sites. A significant tranche of public opinion believes that NCC Labour Councillors are serving only Labour's interests and not those that did not vote for them!.![/p][/quote]No different to the Tory Government, serving Tory interests and not those that did not vote for them. Works both ways you know, doesn't make it right in either case mind. Mr Angry
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6:18pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Woodgnome says...

Precisely my point Mr Angry, I couldn't agree more.
Precisely my point Mr Angry, I couldn't agree more. Woodgnome
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