Carpet-bagging MP confuses Yorkshire and Durham

16 June 2014

Helen Goodman, the Labour MP for Bishop Auckland in Durham, was born in Nottinghamshire and brought up in Derbyshire, so you would have thought that she might take extra care to brush up on her local knowledge of Durham to avoid accusations of ‘carpet-bagging’. The Northern Echo gleefully reports:

The village of Ingleton is so famous for its beautiful waterfalls and deep caves that MP Helen Goodman waxed lyrical about them as she opened a County Durham fair. Unfortunately for the Bishop Auckland MP she was talking about Ingleton, in North Yorkshire – which lies 70 miles away.’

The reaction from the local population has been blistering. Take Durham resident Tony Todd, who claims: ‘I think she is a disgrace and she has made a lasting impression on me. I would not vote for her.’ Or the event’s organiser Neil Flowers:

She obviously does not know the place and whoever had done the research for the speech had not got it right. It didn’t make her look very good. I spoke to one or two people who had realised what she’d done. I think that if it had being pointed out to her it would have made it more embarrassing.’

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He saves his most devastating blow for last:

I don’t think that we’ll be asking Helen Goodman back to open the fair.’

That will teach her.

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  • girondas

    They elected her – more fool them

  • george

    labour .. once the party of the working man (and woman) … now a collection of placemen, hereditary seated, never worked a proper job in their lives, millionaire parasites. labour’s founding fathers would have strung this lot up by their sinecures and beaten them to death with their bogus expenses claims.

    • girondas

      A tad harsh maybe but yup, basically I agree.
      I hope you don’t mind me quoting you.

    • UKSteve

      Yeah, but just watch the sheeple vote for them and put Ed Moribund in no. 10 next May.

  • keith

    so those sheep who have voted Labour in the north east blindly for so many years have finally realised how much they are taken for granted by the metropolitan elite running the labour party, i don’t think so, they will still troop out in their thousands in all weathers and but their X in the labour box, why?, i have no idea, doing as their told, cant think for themselves, their mummy and daddy always voted labour, the reasons are many but one thing that will happen, she will still have a 10,000 majority at the next election and she wont care if she is not invited back to open the Durham fair, those lucky Durham voters getting what they deserve.

    • Andy

      Totally agree. They deserve such trash.

    • Durham Dan

      I dare say you’re right and it mystifies me why so many people in this fine
      county insist on voting Labour. That being said, I might point out that not
      everybody here does. Indeed at the last general election more people in the North East voted for other parties than voted for Labour, substantially more in fact. Sadly this vote was split. Of course a substantial number also didn’t vote at all.

      People in the North, and for that matter Scotland, are far more
      politically in tune with those in the Conservative voting Home Counties than
      people realise. The reason they vote Labour is because there has been no serious opposition up here. The Conservatives used to be very strong in the North not all that long ago. Then they gave up and decided that they wanted to retreat from being a truly nationwide Unionist party to a party of the South of England. Everybody seems to think the Tories don’t campaign up here because they haven’t got a chance of winning. It’s the other way around. They haven’t got a chance of winning because they don’t campaign. They can’t be arsed. They’d rather stick to their comfort zone of the Home Counties. Well so be it. Let’s all slag each other off and watch the Union disintegrate and the polarisation of England. Then we can all blame each other for the fall of what was once the world’s greatest nation.

      Luckily not everybody thinks like that. Some people have realised that people in the North can be made to make an effort to vote for an alternative to Labour if there is a party that can be bothered to campaign for their votes. Step forward UKIP. I wish them the best of luck in reuniting our increasingly divided island. The British people are broadly of the same mind. It’s the main three parties and the SNP that are tearing us apart.

      • keith

        so true, well said

      • AtMyDeskToday

        “People in the North, and for that matter Scotland, are far more politically in tune with those in the Conservative voting Home Counties than people realise.”

        Very true. In 1955 Scotland had 36 Conservative MPs at Westminster. The biggest party by votes and seats…
        Scotland 1955 GE
        C 1,273,942 (50.1%) 36 MPs elected
        L 47,273 (1.9%) 1 MPs elected
        Lab 1,188,058 (46.7%) 34 MPs elected
        SNP 12,112 (0.5%) 0 MP elected

        As of now the Conservatives have one seat.

        I for one voted Conservative until around 15 years ago when I belatedly realised that they didn’t give a toss about Scotland, or indeed anywhere outside of their SE stronghold. The mainstream parties now all send placemen to Westminster who’s sole reason for being there is to slurp from the trough.

  • anyfool

    Another useless creature dumped on the North East, still with Labour MPs passing on their seats to family and paying friends, thick Geordies must now start to wonder why they live in the worst area in the UK, loyalty to who your grandfather voted for means you stay in his squalid world.

  • Kitty MLB

    Well both beautiful places are in England.Don’t forget
    Caliban the the Prime Minister with empty eyes and too
    wide a grin said : The trouble with England is its too small.
    So eventually after time with plenty of EU studies and England
    shrinking beneath the weight of mulitculturalism, our areas,
    even ones we live in are forgotten. Now if you asked
    the lady the name of a obscure town near Brussels she would
    have known its name.

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