In the past Glen Kitchens came to me for help and I am therefore particularly shocked at his untimely death.
In my dealings with him he was both decent and pleasant.
It would be wrong to broadcast anything of what I know of events and I will not be, but whatever the outcome of police investigations, and I have had both meetings and daily briefings on progress, there will be issues that need to be addressed. Put simply we cannot tolerate a situation where a man is killed on Bridge Street at 7.30 on a Saturday evening.
I have guaranteed that I will get every requested agency to attend meetings to deal with the underlying issues and I will make sure that they don’t get away with doing the minimum possible or have limited involvement in resolving them.
There is a lot more that I would like to say now, but doing so at this stage would impede the police in their work.
As ever there were many rumours circulating, especially on the internet and most of it was inaccurate. I think with incidents like this it is always best to hold back and wait until the professionals have done their initial work.
Sir James Crosby ran HBOS, which included many high street bank branches including my own bank of many decades, the Halifax. This once great Northern giant of a building society was reduced to a near bankrupt rump through excessive greed and risk taking by its top bankers. Crosby was one of these.
I therefore called for him and the others to lose their gongs and a part of their pension. I am pleased to report that James Crosby has offered to surrender 30 per cent of his pension and give back his knighthood.
James Crosby is hardly headed for the workhouse and poverty, but at least he has had the bottle to accept responsibility. At last we have one banker who has held up his hands and pleaded guilty to his reckless business behaviour and I commend him for this.
She was a strong leader, but a wrong leader in terms of her policies. That is my view of Margaret Thatcher. Unlike Cameron and Clegg, she was never wishy-washy and you knew where she stood on issues, but usually I disagreed with her.
The one exception is the selling council houses - though more new ones should then have been built in their place. I agreed with the freedom to own property which is a value that is shared across the community. I backed her as well in the kicking of the Argies out of the Falklands - a war that I had family serving in.
In this area we know her mistakes all too well. She described 10,000 Bassetlaw residents as part of the ‘enemy within’ which was a gross distortion of their patriotism. Despite this, I will however as a fellow politician be taking the opportunity to pay my respects and those of my constituents when it’s her funeral on Wednesday. Many hated her and have been letting me know their views, but my job is to represent everyone in Bassetlaw and therefore I will represent what may well be a minority view next Wednesday.
My London office directly overlooks the route of the cortege as it did for the recent Royal Wedding and if anyone without a political axe to grind is in London I can offer a fleeting birds eye view of the procession.
There is a lot of talk about Mrs Thatcher’s legacy. The fact that we now ship coal across half the world to burn in power stations that are stood on top of huge coal reserves shows the dangers of a Government that refuses to listen. All current political leaders should take note.