kellandj wrote:insert name of any other southwark mp and it'd still applysimon hughes has done nothing for bermondsey for 32 years apart from getting himself in pictures at the opening of an envelope.
Thebunhouse wrote:You do know that Southwark exists beyond Bermondsey?pros, there hasn't been another Southwark MP in the last 32 years.
TimC wrote:My take on this and to start I will declare that I am not and have never been a fan of Simon Hughes and have at times been both a labour activist and a party employee.
Having said that I know people who think that Hughes has been a very good constituency MP and has dealt with local casework well. In 32 years of service I would be surprised if there weren't local people and causes he has helped. And he held on to what was seen as a solid Labour seat for 32 years so he must've done something right in the eyes of the local electorate.
I am happy that Neil Coyle has been elected, my experience of him is that he has energy, enthusiasm and solid values and I am sure that he will continue to deal with any local casework including any handed over by Simon Hughes.
Politics is tough and brutal at times and both politicians and their staff are subjected a referendum on their employment at every election. Mostly they are sacked over issues totally unconnected to their local performance but at times they keep their job against all the external pressures, Their performance keeping them in employment.
Yesterday I saw the familiar yellow taxi making its way along Grange Rd. I didn't wave but I did think it cut a sad image.
Louise Mensch (I know, I know) has written a very good piece on the subject of MPs losing their jobs and it is deserving of a read unfashionista.com
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