April 3rd, 2012

John Healey Could Run for Mayor of Sheffield

Guido hears that John Healey is contemplating a bid to become the Labour candidate for Mayor of Sheffield. Healey has taken an active interest in the Sheffield job in the Commons and as a South Yorkshire MP, tight with unions, he would have a very good shot at it.

Unlike Liam Byrne, Healey does not even have the prospect of a decade in the Shadow Cabinet having lost his job at health to Andy Burnham. He has remained a vocal backbencher since then and executive control over a city the size of Sheffield would be a promotion. His colleagues say he’s pondering and Guido has been trying to get hold of John this morning. His constituency office staffer expressed personal doubt at the rumour, but promised an answer by the close of play…

UPDATE: A spokesman for John Healey was quick off the mark:

“John is committed to remaining an MP for Rotherham and the last thing he wants is to become an elected mayor.”

Not dissimilar to what Liam Byrne was saying a few months ago about Birmingham…


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  2. 2
    Doh! says:

    Oink! Oink!


    • 52
      Spartacus says:

      yes mayor of shitwater pays 120,000 a year, limo, apartment, and all the (free) banquets you can host

      no wonder there is a queue.


  3. 3
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Rumours are also swirling about Hazel Blears and the Salford mayoralty…

    My god, you have to admire the dwarf’s nerve.


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      Jane Birkin from Paris says:

      This woman only does anything if it has been rubber stamped in advance by three civil servants who of course will remain anonymous at all times.

      You have to be either dead or have an IQ of 12 to stay in Salford.


  4. 4
    Moderate muslim says:

    “Death to everything and everyone in the universe!”

    That was a party election broadcast on behalf of Ken Livingstone, brought to you by Press TV.


  5. 5
    Leonard Rossiter's ghost says:

    I thought Reggie Perrin was last seen catching the 4.37pm to Bournemouth?


  6. 6
    Disgruntled Sheffielder says:

    Please oh please not this useless git. Anyway bwe don’t vote on the issue until May


  7. 8
    Bobbo says:

    Thought it said John Hegley at first, disappointed now.


  8. 12
    Ed Miliband says:

    If I become prime minister, I promise a cheque for £1000 to every voter! And sunny days every week! And, er, um, a free boxset of Star Trek Deep Space Nine! Vote Labour! Please!


  9. 14
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m mayor of my toilet.


  10. 16

    Oi Guido – that’s not fair to ridicule the Labour Party by appending a picture of Dobby the House elf having a recalcitrant tom tit, and pretending that it’s John Healey.


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    mark says:

    i would say that there can be few MPs more pointless and irrelevant than Healey. then i look at the commons and see he has many rivals for that position. if his experience as a Minister is anything to go by I pity the poor people of sheffield if he becomes Mayor. the “man” was devoid of principles, ideas and ability to hold his own against officials.


  12. 20
    CJ says:

    “I didn’t get where I am today by calling it “Grotfabrieken Rubbishhausen.”


  13. 22
    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Fucking hell is the Liebore party breeding them in ‘Mong Central’ or something?


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    Nigel says:


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    illogical says:

    Old, old adage if you cannot do the work become a teacher/ consultant.
    Perhaps old Socialist war horses can see they offer very little in attempting to compete either in future government leadership or associated decision making and deserting their leader for pastures new where they can do their dirty deeds is nice work if you can get it.
    How many Labour dobbins have now thrown their shoes in the ring for potential mayoral candidacy?
    Am expecting Teddy Miliband to announce he will be leaving to become scout leader any day soon. Bear Grylls eat your heart out.


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    ********* to all of 'em says:

    This pre-supposes of course that the people actually vote for Mayors in the forthcoming referenda,,,,,,,,,,,,,,nothing the electorate likes better than sticking two fingers up at the political class


  17. 30

    Wedgie is 87.

    Silly old bugger. Have disagreed with almost everything he has ever said. Most of the time he has seemed barking.

    I have to confess that I have a soft spot for him though. Always polite and a gentleman.

    I was walking along a corridor in HoP one day and he was walking in the opposite direction. Didn’t see him until the last moment. We both started at each other in recognition before walking on. Wonder who he thought I was?


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      Ah! Monika says:



    • 36
      Anonymous says:

      He probably thought you were his back stairs page.

      By the way SC, is there any place you haven’t been, any person you haven’t met, or any job you haven’t done?

      I honestly don’t know if you’re braggart or just live in cloud cookoo land.


      • 40

        Well, you will just have to decide.

        Somewhere in HoC archives there is a paper which I submitted in evidence to the Select Committee on Transport some seventeen years ago. I met them all including Peter Bottomley and Gwyneth Dunwoody, both of whom I thought were fantastic. My solicitor at the time was the brother of Virginia Bottomley, William Garnett – a very bright man. Just a weird coincidence.

        I can see this troubles you greatly. If it is of any consolation, I do not play virtuoso violin. But there again, I have never tried…


    • 37
      Anonymous says:

      He probably thought you were the cellar man.

      By the way SC, is there any place you haven’t visited, any VP you haven’t met, or any thing you haven’t done? Just asking.


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    Ah! Monika says:

    Looks like a rat………………………leaving a sinking ship


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    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    He might look a little like a rat but he is a lot nicer than Liam Byrne.

    The Opposition may be a lot stronger after these two have left along with Mr & Mrs Dromey and those twins who look like eagles.


    • 49
      Jacqui Smith's Husband's Porn Collection says:

      Now now

      … don’t decry the “Angel”

      … she may place a curse on you and turn you into a lesbian .


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    Show Biz for ugly people says:

    Another cast iron (if totally incorrect) scoop there Mr Fawkes.

    Good work


  21. 46
    Cath says:

    Miss Jones!


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    Vidal Sassoon's Tonsurator says:

    Is this man the erstwhile important Denis Healey’s nephew ?

    Same joined – up eyebrows but unfortunately his lack of a luxuriant leonine head of hair lets him down.

    Also lacks sycophancy with important IMF contacts in case of a sudden and unforeseen ” cash flow problem “.


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    Anonymous says:

    Who exactly is john healey’s “spokesman” who thinks he is the Mp for Rotherham?


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    Reggie Perrin says:

    I sincerely hope that Sheffield does have a mayor, but being as the city has the largest council house waiting list in the country, and most of the inbred morons than can mark an X will likely vote labour, I can only hope this Leonard Rossiter looking mother fucker does not get in.


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