Market rap: No response by MP angers Darwen councillor

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A DARWEN town councillor has slammed the town’s MP after he did not respond to an invitation to speak at a town council meeting.

Jake Berry was invited to a meeting of the council by Sunnyhurst councillor Pete Hollings after comments he made about the state of Darwen’s markets.

But at Tuesday’s meeting of the town council, Mr Hollings reported that Mr Berry had not responded.

He said: “I have written to Mr Berry to suggest that his criticism is not helpful in attracting shoppers into town.

“I agree that improvements need to be made and suggested that Mr Berry has an open invitation to speak to us at Darwen Town Council on any issue, particularly external funding sources.

“Mr Berry has declined to respond.”

Furious Paul Browne, councillor for Sudell, said: “I am disappointed in Jake Berry for not responding to the town council and I take this very seriously.

“I ask that we write again to Mr Berry and tell him how disappointed we are that he has not come here to speak to us.

“I think it is an absolute smack in the face for us and it is a smack in the face for him as our MP.”

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4:25pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Corsetmaker says...

Furious Paul Browne, councillor for Sudell, said: “I am disappointed in Jake Berry for not responding to me, HRH of the Stonecutters... I shall be looking to introduct public flogging of Mr Berry for his insolence to his majesty!"

Oh come on Paul Browne... You are not 'furious' at all, you rubbed your hands with wanton glee that Mr Berry simply did not respond to your email - How do you know he "Declined to respond" you dont, he just hasn't... for all you know, your mail could have been caught up in his spam filters hahaha!
Furious Paul Browne, councillor for Sudell, said: “I am disappointed in Jake Berry for not responding to me, HRH of the Stonecutters... I shall be looking to introduct public flogging of Mr Berry for his insolence to his majesty!" Oh come on Paul Browne... You are not 'furious' at all, you rubbed your hands with wanton glee that Mr Berry simply did not respond to your email - How do you know he "Declined to respond" you dont, he just hasn't... for all you know, your mail could have been caught up in his spam filters hahaha! Corsetmaker
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5:26pm Thu 5 Jun 14

pm1960 says...

Councillor Browne does not do e-mails. He doesn't have a computer !
Councillor Browne does not do e-mails. He doesn't have a computer ! pm1960
  • Score: 13

6:22pm Thu 5 Jun 14

child44 says...

Councillor Browne was my councillor for over 20 years and never responded to any of my emails.
Councillor Browne was my councillor for over 20 years and never responded to any of my emails. child44
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8:20pm Thu 5 Jun 14

glossopkid says...

This isn't new, it's been going on for many years where people in authority seem to think they are above the rest of us . Therefore they don't need to answer. Some we vote in others we pay our taxes to keep in work.
This isn't new, it's been going on for many years where people in authority seem to think they are above the rest of us . Therefore they don't need to answer. Some we vote in others we pay our taxes to keep in work. glossopkid
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10:14pm Thu 5 Jun 14

georgieRTID says...

how do we know he 'declined' the article just says he didnt respond to an email??? totally different things!! id rahter he represented us in parliament than argue with some idiots that just wanna get their name in the paper
how do we know he 'declined' the article just says he didnt respond to an email??? totally different things!! id rahter he represented us in parliament than argue with some idiots that just wanna get their name in the paper georgieRTID
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1:06pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Progressive Penguin says...

Typical Jake Berry - if there's nothing in it for raising his personal profile he's not interested. Its not the first invite from the people of Darwen he's ignored and it won't be the last
Typical Jake Berry - if there's nothing in it for raising his personal profile he's not interested. Its not the first invite from the people of Darwen he's ignored and it won't be the last Progressive Penguin
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