Clive Betts, it seems, has become McDonald's favourite MP. Dave's Part blog reports that my second favourite Burger company has launched a campaign to persuade the Oxford English Dictionary to change the definition of the word McJobs in their new edition. The BBC has more HERE. Of course, Bett's decision to table this EDM...
1542 PREJUDICE IN THE SERVICE SECTOR
Mr Clive Betts [R]
Mr John Leech [R]
Mr Greg Hands
Mr Sadiq Khan
That this House recognises the valuable contribution the 1.9 million people in the UK's hospitality and catering industry make to the UK's economy; regrets the use of derogatory phrases attached to these jobs such as `McJob' which write them off as unstimulating, low-paid jobs with few prospects; further recognises that because of this namesake for this derogatory term, this prejudice is felt most sharply by the people who pursue careers and jobs at McDonald's in the UK; and calls for a wider recognition of the value and importance to the UK of the service sector and the people who work within it.
[R] Relevant interest declared
... would of course have nothing to do with this entry for him in the Register of Members Interests...
BETTS, Clive (Sheffield, Attercliffe)
6. Overseas visits
8-11 June 2006,
to Germany as a member of the UK Parliamentary Football Club, to attend the World Cup and play football matches for charity. I received match ticket, hospitality and coach transport from McDonald's, and hospitality and coach transport from National Grid. (Registered 29 August 2006)
So, McDonald's give him World Cup tickets, and he puts down an EDM and tours the Westminster broadcasting studios on their behalf. If he had been a Tory in 1996 that would be headlined SLEAZE with a capital S. Just as well he didn't ask a Parliamentary Question, isn't it?! The interest is declared so he has broken no rule. So that's alright then.
Of course Mr Betts is no stranger to putting down ridiculous EDMs. Labour Watch reports that Clive Betts has attempted to generate some local publicity amongst his Sheffield United supporting constituents by tabling an EDM calling for West Ham to be deducted points over the Tevez affair. Not that this has anything to with why I am posting this, you understand! This EDM was met with some frosty words by Martin Samuel of The Times...
Sheffield United deserve our sympathy. Yet the righteous anger that was so appealing a few weeks ago has metamorphosed into the sort of wrongheaded feeding
frenzy that keeps Chris Morris, the media satirist, in pay cheques. Latest to join the mob is Clive Betts, Labour MP for Sheffield Attercliffe, who tabled an early day motion yesterday calling for West Ham to be docked points.Betts would, of course, know much about false paperwork, having been suspended from the House of Commons for seven days in September 2003 for copying a doctored document so
that his Brazilian rent-boy boyfriend, José Gasparo, could stay in Britain. Betts also provided Gasparo with a Commons pass, as his “researcher”. Still, it is good that someone is willing to pull up his trousers and take a stand for morality.
PS Cue in the comments the Labour anonymous trolls crying "oh this is really weak Iain"...
UPDATE: It seems LibDem John Leech, a sponsor of the EDM, also received hospitality from McDonald's. His entry in the Register of Members' Interests reads: 8-11 June 2006, to Germany as a member of the UK Parliamentary Football Club, to play football matches for charity. I received coach transport and hospitality from McDonald's Restaurants Ltd