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According to the leaflet "You and Your MP", issued by the House of Commons Information Office, if you are not satisfied with the treatment you have received from your MP, you can:
- "[T]ake your complaint to the local party association"
- "[W]rite to the party's headquarters"
- "[W]rite to the Chief Whip of the party to which your MP belongs"
I am still waiting to hear from Chairman of Harrow East Conservative Association, Marilyn Ashton.
- Both Conservative Party Co-Chairmen, Lord Feldman of Elstree and the Rt. Hon. Baroness Warsi have co-ignored letters.
- Conservative Chief Whip, the Rt. Hon. Patrick McLoughlin, MP clearly does not read information issued by the House of Commons Information Office, since he writes:
As the Chief Whip I have no authority to intervene in a Member's dealing with his or her constituents, and must respect their right to represent their constituencies without interference.
Two years after he should have, Bob Blackman was kind enough to raise the issue of Phoenixing, and our rogue employer, in an adjournment debate.
Incensed at the hypocrisy of talk about marriage being between "between one man and one woman", Carol Shaw, Bob's former mistress spoke to the press. Anyone interested in the more salacious details can read the story in The Daily Mirror and Carol Shaw's account in The Daily Mail.
Bob Blackman told BBC News that David Cameron's backing of same-sex marriages was wrong on principle, claiming that marriage is "between one man and one woman", further stated that the re-introduction of Section 28 (a notorious piece of anti-gay legislation) would be more appropriate than marriage reform - the Gay community was rather upset at this suggestion.
Electrical retailer Comet Group entered administration, whereupon MP Robert Halfon was prominent in highlighting the plight of workers affected by the collapse, and encouraging an investigation into the possible misbehaviour of OpCapita (the private equity firm controlling the group)
After a year and a half of protest, we've finally heard from Bob Blackman -- More information on the main page of this site.
Marcus Agius (Chairman), Bob Diamond (Chief Executive) and Jerry del Missier (Chief Operating Officer) have all had the decency to resign from Barclays, following the LIBOR fixing scandal.
Barclays has been fined $450 million for manipulating the London Interbank Offer Rate (LIBOR), by US and British authorities. Apparently, the UK Government has never bothered to put legislation in place to prevent this sort of market abuse; and just as no action can be taken against the Directors of the company that we worked for, similarly, no action can be taken against corrupt Bankers.
It has been pointed out that Bob Blackman has voted to raise the level of VAT payable on Static caravans. - A move that will obviously discourage people from caravan holidaying in the UK, and consequently remove jobs from the UK Tourist industry as well as caravan manufacturers. [n.b. the Government has since U-turned, and this silly tax hike has been reversed]
We have just discovered that the phoenix company formed by the Directors after the collapse of the business that we worked for has also passed into liquidation, having never filed any accounts with Companies House after its incorporation in 2008. It seems that the Directors have defrauded a second group of Employees and Creditors, whilst both the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Bob Blackman have continually failed to take any action, despite having been repeatedly warned by us.
Bob Blackman has made at absurd argument at the House of Commons that some local councils want to keep areas of deprivation deprived!
More newspaper reports about Bob Blackman's expenses shenanigans, this time from The Daily Mail.
After Bob Blackman called for benefits to be stripped from Occupy London protesters peacefully encamped outside St. Paul's Cathedral, the protestors produced an email template for supporters to send to Bob, asking if he will hire them or direct their email to a company with jobs available.
Bob Blackman is caught breaking IPSA rules after claiming Parliamentary expenses for a website featuring a party political logo.
The Impeach Bob Blackman campaign has arrived on Twitter - So please feel free to follow @ImpeachBob if you'd like to show your support, read updates about what's happening behind the scenes here, and the occasional politics related comment.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has raised questions about an all expenses paid trip that MPs, including Bob Blackman took to Azerbaijan. Courtesy of an Azeri politician, who had obtained "massive wealth" as an alleged result of illicit payments received as Chairman of the State Customs Committee, according to a US diplomatic cable leaked to the Wikileaks website last year.
Further, Azerbaijan has a poor human rights record, repressive laws, and ranks poorly in the Transparency International World Corruption Index. However, after the UK MPs had enjoyed five days in Azerbaijan (estimated as costing £3,500 each in flights, accommodation and internal travel expenses). Bob Blackman, Stephen Hammond, Gerry Sutcliffe and Mark Field all had nothing but good things to say about Azerbaijan, in a subsequent House of Commons debate called by Bob Blackman.
Here's a short comparison of Bob Blackman's 2010-11 annualized Expense claims, which curiously seem to have been omitted from Bob's own website. As well as a brief comparison with other London area MPs:
|Travel & Subsistence||£250.40||£3,975.97||+1,487.85%|
At the time of writing, Bob Blackman has the highest Travel & Subsistence expenses amongst London MPs, as well as submitting the 11th highest overall expense claims of any London local MP.
The Government consulted on pre-pack sales to connected parties, and Bob Blackman failed to put our case to Edward Davey, making a joke of Mr Davey's claim that he wanted "...to make sure that Creditors have a fair chance to have their voice heard."