Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Another Labour MP Quits

Derek Wyatt, Labour MP for Sittingbourne & Sheppey has just announced via Twitter that he is standing down at the next election. Seeing as he has a very small majority one suspects he is pre-empting the decision of the electorate...

23 comments:

Spartacus Mills said...

Another, or is that "anosther" for the chicken run.

UKIP Observer said...

Good night Labour. Tony Blair's ship has been destroyed by Gordon Brown. Those who don't jump off are about to drown.

Rab C. Nesbitt said...

What a coward. Big yellow streak down his back then.
Nothing like standing up and fighting is there...

Unsworth said...

Another one leaving the ship, carrying the loot.

A truly awful MP. Full of crap, basically - like so many of them. Claims to have 'fought' for his constituency, but the reality is that he's been clinging to a majority of less than a hundred - and he knows what his prospects are at election time.

Still, he's had quite a jolly and lucrative time at our expense for about a decade. His regular newsletter to the faithful (or is that Sermon?) has revealed extensive international travel, dinners, lunches etc etc. He claimed the full whack for housing in London - an hour's train journey away from his delightful country seat. Of course other people are simply obliged to commute on the dreadful North Kent line from even greater distances.

I tackled him once about MPs expenses. Naturally he disagreed entirely with the view that they were/are ripping us off. Now the expenses have actually been published one can see the reality.

Nice chap and all that, but a NuLab apparatchik to his very core. His voting record shows him to be completely obedient. He's going to be missed by a very few people. Wonder what he'll do to fill his empty, well paid, days.

How many more will announce their retirement? And why?

Man in a Shed said...

So he couldn't have been too inspired by Brown's PMQ performance then.

Still I guess these Labour MPs need to get their CV's in circulation before the stagnation caused by Brown's debt binge really takes hold.

VotR said...

Brown is standing upon a burning deck...

Sub_editor said...

Another Labour MP Quits

shocking Iain

Penfold said...

Hmmmm, presumably he gets himself a decent pension?

Shouldn't we be reviewing his performance? and if he's been dipping his bread in the gravy boat, then should we not dock his pension?

One wonders if its the rats leaving the sinking ship, or the rotten floating hulk evicting unwelcome guests.

Expat said...

have you been drinking

Saturn V said...

Hope this Labour supporting corner of kent has learn the lesson. Sittingbourne is a right dump. it hasn't prospered under the Third Way.
Vote properly next time you Yeoman of Britain, or the garden of England will continue to become Landfill.

jailhouselawyer said...

Spartacus Mills @ 1.25: I think that is cosy nosther another term for the Mafia.

Plato said...

Iain - since you're a tee-totaller, I assume you've been on the bubble bath

Little Black Sambo said...

Derek Wyatt looks extraordinarily like Michael Jackson. I wonder whether anybody else has noticed.

Dick the Prick said...

Good - tool.

Anonymous said...

But not before they all pick up their redundancy pay of £60k. I hear gorbals has been given a peerage too. So it has all changed has it? Never was there such a corrupt corrosive stench coming from that cesspit on the Thames. Set it free and take it out and drown it in the north sea.
Not one of you has any shame, still pissing on the little people from a great height every day.

Tom said...

They're all denying us the fun of kicking them out of office :(

Disco Biscuit said...

Another politician on Twitter? You sure about this? :)

Thatsnews said...

Announced via Twitter? Hopefully he told the electorate before he Twittered? Perhaps not.

Did Brown find out via Twitter? Hell. Another Nokia senselessly destroyed...

Unsworth said...

Well the local rag (dateline July 1st) is now reporting that he's giving it the elbow for his family's sake - apparently the press has been 'pursuing' him since his divorce from some obscure TV producer. Nothing at all to do with the fact that he's moved out of the constituency and is sending his offspring to be educated well away from the garbage local sink school. Nothing at all to do with claiming for a second home outside the constituency etc etc.

He says he's 'done nothing wrong'. Don't they bleeding all?

There'll be many more such instances of MPs 'choosing' to retire, you can bet. Anyone running a book on numbers yet?

Thomas Rossetti said...

I could probably find this out somewhere else, but what's the current total of Labour MPs that have resigned in the wake of the expenses scandal now?

Hamish said...

Do I gather that Iain has silently redacted his headline?

The Shadow said...

Exactly how many Tories are quitting?

Iain Dale said...

I think this makes 57 Labour MPs. I don't know the exact Tory figure but I think it is around 20-25.