Let the people decide at the ballot box

Public meeting with MP John Mann to discuss Bassetlaw Hospital clinical services review information. Mr Mann at the meeting. (w110115-1c)
Public meeting with MP John Mann to discuss Bassetlaw Hospital clinical services review information. Mr Mann at the meeting. (w110115-1c)

It is perhaps the only time that I will be going to the defence of former Bassetlaw Council Leader Michael Quigley.

However I disagree with the law brought in ironically by his own Government that candidates seeking to be voted in as Police Commissioner are barred if they have criminal records - in his case I understand to be over 40 years old.

I do not know what offence he committed as a young man, but I see that others have also stood down because of this including Falklands hero, Simon Weston in Wales.

In my view it should be left to the electorate to decide such matters.

You are perfectly capable of deciding whether you regard what Mr Quigley did in the 1960s as being relevant today.

I do not - though I wouldn’t vote for him myself even if he was the only candidate standing.

It insults the intelligence of local people that you are not allowed to work these things out for yourself and need the Government to decide who can stand and who cannot. I say let the people decide at the ballot box.

HHH

In a similar vein, am I the only person who is outraged at the re-appointment of big league expenses fiddler David Laws MP to Government?

David Laws failed to declare that he was living with a partner and pocketed over £40,000 before he got found out and had to pay it all back.

If someone on benefits got caught doing a similar fiddle they would have gone to prison. David Laws was also banned from Parliament.

Yet he is back in Government and even worse he is now the Children’s Minister.

What a poor example he is setting to our young people. In my opinion David Laws should have been forced to face his own electorate in Yeovil.

If they are dumb enough to vote him back in then he can carry on progressing his career, but until then he should not be allowed back into the corridors of power.

For the second time I say, let the people decide at the ballot box.

The Police Commissioner elections are on November 15th. If you want to vote and you wish to avoid the bad weather and the dark evenings of mid-November you can apply for a postal vote.

Let me know on 01909 506200 or mannj@parliament.uk if you want one and I will make sure that you are sent an application form.