March 8th, 2011

Tory MP Calls For Parties To Pick Up Regional Cabinet Bill

When Gordon Brown took his Cabinet away to Leeds for the day in 2009 the Tories were quick to pounce on his wasteful spending. Robert Goodwill, the then Shadow Minister for Leeds went on the attack:

“The cost of hosting them given the increased security is something that should be borne by Labour rather than by the taxpayer. I can understand them wanting to show their presence in Yorkshire for political reasons.”

And there was plenty of wider condemnation of the idea. The Taxpayers’ Alliance’s Mark Wallace, for it was he, said “These meetings are expensive and of dubious worth to areas that the Cabinet chooses to visit.” Yesterday David Cameron took his Cabinet away to Derby for the day.

Asking around, you can see why they look like a good idea. The Civil service like them because it gets those pesky ministers out out of the way so they can run the country for a couple of hours and the party machines love the fact they get some coverage and face-time in marginal seats, with all the transport and logistical costs paid for. The regional lobby even get spoonfed. As one former Labour SpAd put it to Guido:

“The whole comms side of government and regional offices get to rev their engines. Everyone wins except the taxpayer. I actually hoped the Tories would stop that bollocks, but no.”

Robert Goodwill MP is very quiet today.


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Good call, Its a gimmick , HQ should pay not the taxpayer.

  2. 2

    “Shadow Minister for Leeds ”

    Why did that Northern(ish) city need a Shadow Minister in the first place?

  3. 3
    Marmite says:

    Jobs for the boys Tuscany.

  4. 4
    Anonon says:

    Is there a minister for leeds?

  5. 5
    Peter, cocksmokin' MP says:

    well, I waited in a line. I almost felt human.

  6. 6

    “When Gordon Brown took his Cabinet away to Leeds”

    Unfortunately he brought the c^nts back again.

  7. 7
    snarthwick says:

    I think they should go and have a cabinet meeting somewhere in Libya…….without guards.

  8. 8
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Call me stupid, But isnt it down to the local Mp to represent thier areas concerns in parliment?

  9. 9
    Lord Snooty says:

    How much do these MPs little adventures into the real world cost the taxpayer? I asked my servant but he cannot answer the question while licking my boots.

  10. 10
    Hellboy says:

    The dash to Derby also left Dead Man Walking Hague to face the music all alone at the Despatch Box over the lamentable foreign policy debacle in Libya. Still Cam’s back to speak to the nation on The One Show Tonight so that’s all right then.

  11. 11
    Rat's arse says:

    You’d think so wouldn’t you Billy? Poor darlings must be over worked.

  12. 12
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Call Me Dave should just get on with holding Cabinet Meetings in London, not aping one of Brown’s less cunning stunts.

    How does it add to the effectiveness of government, the Hunts just get in the way of people trying to do their jobs, police time is wasted protecting the Cabinet, the ministers use up too much road space travelling to a meeting which has purpose built accommodation and civil servants at their beck and call.

    Has anyone got any clear figures about how much these stunts cost the taxpayer?

  13. 13
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Thanks Guido

    Delete this message

  14. 14
    Same old same. says:

    Jut proves they are all as bad as each other.

  15. 15
    Victoria Sponge :Φ) says:

    OMG! They actually venture out into the real world from time to time?

  16. 16
    wikipedia says:

    Shadow Roads Minister.

  17. 17
    Mr Quelch says:

    No spelling mistakes. Things are improving.

  18. 18
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    At our expense!!!!!

  19. 19

    Are they discussing their Easter recess? If so they cannot be using the EU diary for schoolchildren. It does not list the Christian Feasts but does list the feasts of Sikhs, Hindus, and the Chinese. We Euromugs paid £4.4m to have 350,000 of these distributed in the UK.

  20. 20
    Crash Gordon says:

    Gordon will not be amused Sarah’s tittle tattle diaries are out selling his epic on how he saved the world.

  21. 21
    Rat's arse says:

    Billy, is it really you? No offence mate, but if it is, your spelling hasn’t half improved! Your little quirks will be missed.

  22. 22
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Nah just wait till i have to write longer words :-)

  23. 23
    Hugh Janus says:

    Silly, stupid gesture politics. Send the bill to CCHQ.

  24. 24
    Hugh Janus says:

    And while we’re at it – what’s wrong with tap water? Is it defective in Derby??

  25. 25
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Someone start a petition on the No 10 website!

    Someone who can spell would be a start.

  26. 26
    .243 Win says:

    Since when has the corporate HQ of Rolls-Royce been “the real world” ?

  27. 27
    The big D says:

    Pity neither party has had a cabinet away day to SHunthorpe, we would have the answer to the eternal question then.

  28. 28
    Where's Warsi says:

    Errrrr ……..When Gordon started doing these away days, the Tory opposition went ballistic, including Tory faithful Guido. In fact Cockhead vowed to scrap the away day cabinet, but unsurprisingly he u-turned and has decided to continue with them – which incidentally is a good idea. And that is the REAL problem with it To*ry Tr*olls, it is a good idea, but not your own, and it is that fact that is causing you such distress.

  29. 29
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Nah, Just think its a waste of taxpayers money.

  30. 30
    Moley says:

    Politicians as a class are becoming institutionalised liars; making promises before the election, and doing a shameless volte face afterwards.

    The Australian PM promised “No Carbon tax” before the election, and once it was over, is now busy introducing one.

    Breaking electoral promises should provide a right of recall for the electorate, enabling shameless liars to be forcibly removed from politics.

    Clegg knows damn well that his broken promises would have seen him recalled, (if such a right existed).

    That is why, (surprise surprise) the right of recall has been left out of the “Democracy” Bill.

    Coalition politicians want to reserve the right to lie to the electorate.

    You have been warned.

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    Then it’s not the real Billy B.

  32. 32
    Ed Miliballs says:

    Brown had cunning stunts? I can’t recall any. The man was, and is, a total arse.

  33. 33
    Dick the Prick says:

    Yeah, think Guido’s got a bit a lost in translation – however, Rosie Winterton was Yorkshire Minister responsible for Leeds City Region and government office for Yorkshire & the Humber after she sucked off John Prescott with his ghonneriac, puss leaching needle dick.

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    Bloody Hell! They got the extra-soft filter out for that photo.

  35. 35
    Mike Hunt says:

    Fuck my old boots: that’s over £12.50 EACH.

  36. 36
    Moley says:

    This is how UKIP can differentiate itself and dominate politics;

    By pledging Honesty and truthfulness and making it clear that no UKIP politician will ever go back on his or her word without resignation.

    Failing that; we could always emulate the Middle East and remove the Liars the hard way.

  37. 37
    Voice of Treason says:

    The more I watch what Cameron is doing the more I despair. I was hoping for a fresh approach but this twat is as bad as Brown. If these millionaires want to sod off to Yorkshire or somewhere then they’ve enough money between them to pay for it themselves.

    This government is fast becoming a disaster and it won’t be long before there’s a fooking riot in this country.

  38. 38
    Moley says:

    Reduced from £18.99 to £8.54 with free delivery.

    The price is outrageous; I would want far more than that to read about these two.

    A couple of hundred might do it.

  39. 39
    Voice of Treason says:

    Strange though, there’ s plenty of money for real culprits who fooked it up – the bankers.

  40. 40
    Desperate Dan says:

    They shouldn’t confine themselves to grim Labour strongholds in the North. There are ex-pat voters scattered about in all sorts of warm and sunny parts of the world who would appreciate a visit.

  41. 41
    Desperate Dan says:

    The bankers know where the bodies are buried. They might even have minutes and recordings of Labour MPs and Chancellors urging them on to greater dereliction of duty.

  42. 42
    Hugh Janus says:

    Hear hear

  43. 43
    The Allotmenteer says:

    And so do Labour.

  44. 44
    nmj says:

    No, I wouldn’t, thanks all the same. Manila is bad enough with the local politicians without importing our shower.

  45. 45
    PD77 says:

    I think you’ll find it’s a reverse Sponerism ;)

  46. 46
    PD77 says:

    Damn missed the o should be Spoonerism, sorry :(

    Guido can we please have an edit button! :D

  47. 47
    PD77 says:

    Yeah it’s the real Billy, no capitalisation of the I ;)

  48. 48
    Pugh says:

    there is no excess these people won’t exploit so long as we, the long suffering and somewhat stupid, public put up with it

  49. 49
    Robbo Goodwill MP says:

    Don’t worry I’m another hypocrite MP.

  50. 50
    MaryB says:

    Check out this movie
    called “The Secret of Oz” it talks about the international banking system and the populist changes that are needed to form functional economies. The Irish must protest this CRAZY private bank debt that was assigned to them and that will impoverish them for decades. PRIVATE BANK LOSSES ARE NOT THE DEBT OF THE IRISH PEOPLE.

  51. 51
    Helpful serf says:

    You already have one thick head. It’s called “preview” and is located slightly below and to the left of the one marked “Submit Comment”.

  52. 52
    Dave666 says:

    Interesting, after decimating aircraft programmes he hasn’t got the cahones to visit the NW of England.

  53. 53
    PD77 says:

    Thank you I do believe you have been most unhelpful!

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