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!

  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.

  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?

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    Disgruntled Sheffielder says:

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

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    Rise or Downfall? says:

    Why does Reggie Perrin want to be mayor of Sheffield?

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    Bobbo says:

    Thought it said John Hegley at first, disappointed now.

  9. 9

    Points failure at Effingham Junction.

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    AC1 says:

    Yes, Breivik was ruthless and fanatical and sometimes murderous. But was he a murderer? No, not in the sense of a serial killer or gangland assassin. He was one of those rare people who are prepared to push past ethical constraints, even their own conscience, and bring about a greater good by doing terrible things.

    Whether morally justifiable or not, there is something admirable in that — pure principle in a world of shabby compromise. Maybe this is why Breivik remains such an icon, both in image and idea.


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    AC1 says:

    Oops I accidentally did a search and replace…

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    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!

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    Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

    He is an Ugly C-nt. Do RESPECT OR UKIP, not putting a candidate forward?

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    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m mayor of my toilet.

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    D. Cameron, MA says:

    I can top that. But only for my chums of course.

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    Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

    The MET are looking for a couple of serial killers to add to their staff, I would apply if the money was right.
    Ha ha h

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    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.

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    Now press the red button!!

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    CJ says:

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

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    That apart, how would you rate him?

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    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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    There you go! You’ve made the b’stard case for him being a Labour Mayor after all – quit now, loose talk costs seats!!

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    Anonymous says:

    Looks like no Conservative will run for any of these jobs. Is it because they know they haven’t got any hope?

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    Nigel says:

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    Ordinary Joe says:

    What has spying on everyone got to do with a common market?

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    Old Tory Bigot says:

    I was thinking… Nosferatu

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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

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    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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    Old Tory Bigot says:

    I might just have to change my moniker to “Ex Tory Bigot” and vote for Farage’s lot.

    Fuck the EU!

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    Ah! Monika says:

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

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    Dick potato Dave says:

    If I become prime minister I promise to break all my promises

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    Ah! Monika says:


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    Sack Cameron - Elect A Tory says:

    Blimey! When did he last see sunlight?

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    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.

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    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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    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.

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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.

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    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…

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    Show Biz for ugly people says:

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

    Good work

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    Jimmy says:

    Worse than that. He looks like Delingpole.

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    Jimmy says:

    There are no accidents.

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    yeah, right.... says:

    You’d be marvellous at it SC, marvellous.

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    Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

    I could not agree more anonymous. I am thinking of running for Mayor of Portsmouth here is my CV:


    I would them be an MP, Mayor, Councillor with cabinet responsibility for planning and my dear wife would also be a Councillor. Boaz.


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    Cath says:

    Miss Jones!

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    AC1 says:

    Obviously Che was no accident. Followed the standard leftist template of mass murder.

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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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    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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    Anonymous says:

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

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    Blind leading blind says:

    So that’s the BBC written off

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    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.

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    That is what your imaginary friend said at 12:10pm below. ;-)

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    Jimmy says:

    You really get us.

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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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