Darwen MP will go ‘face to face’ with councillors

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DARWEN’S MP will be quizzed by councillors after agreeing to attend their next meeting.

Jake Berry had come under criticism from all sides of the town council chamber in recent months for failing to respond to invitations to the council’s meetings.

Particular anger had come from Liberal Democrat Paul Browne and deputy chairman Pete Hollings, a Labour councillor.

With council meetings taking place on the first Tuesday of every month, clashing with Mr Berry’s commitments at Westminster, he has never been able to attend.

But at Tuesday’s meeting of the council at the town hall in Croft Street, Coun Hollings told colleagues that Mr Berry had agreed to attend the next meeting, on August 5.

Coun Browne said: “We have got a response from our MP that he is attending the August 5 meeting.

“I am not knocking the MP for not attending the meetings but I am knocking him for the time it has taken him to come.”

Mr Berry told the Lancashire Telegraph: “I am delighted to accept the town council’s invitation to attend its next meeting.

“I am looking forward to working with our town council in lobbying on planning issues like Bailey’s Field and Cranberry Lane and improvements to our markets.”

Coun Browne went on to say other prospective parliamentary candidates should be invited to speak at the council.

He said: “I would also like to ask the Labour candidate Will Straw if he would like to come, and when we have a candidate if he or she would like to come and speak to us.

“I am glad Pete Hollings got a response from him to say he is coming next month and I hope we have some difficult questions to ask.”

Councillors agreed that Mr Straw and any other confirmed candidates for next year’s General Election would be invited to speak at the council.

Mr Straw said: “It is really important for the elected representatives of Darwen Town Council to have the chance to question and scrutinise each of the candidates and find out what they would do after the General Election.

“Pete Hollings has been in touch with me and I have suggested a date. I am just waiting for confirmation on that.”

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4:43pm Thu 3 Jul 14

georgieRTID says...

you can tell its nearly election time. are councillors hollings and brown trying to distract from their own rubbish records by calling other people?? shameless headline chasing how pathetic
you can tell its nearly election time. are councillors hollings and brown trying to distract from their own rubbish records by calling other people?? shameless headline chasing how pathetic georgieRTID
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9:18pm Thu 3 Jul 14

abetterblackburn says...

“Mr Straw said: “It is really important for the elected representatives of Darwen Town Council to have the chance to question and scrutinise each of the candidates and find out what they would do after the General Election.”

Rumour has it that the reason that Jake Betty has not attended the meetings is because Jack Straw told him that there were weapons of mass destruction hidden under where his seat was. However, that rumour could very well have been a lie?
“Mr Straw said: “It is really important for the elected representatives of Darwen Town Council to have the chance to question and scrutinise each of the candidates and find out what they would do after the General Election.” Rumour has it that the reason that Jake Betty has not attended the meetings is because Jack Straw told him that there were weapons of mass destruction hidden under where his seat was. However, that rumour could very well have been a lie? abetterblackburn
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7:48pm Tue 8 Jul 14

amazed says...

Jake Berry is our elected MP and if the House is sitting it surely is right that he attends. That is what he was elected for.
Jake is putting an enormous amount of work in supporting the wellbeing of Rossendale and Darwen .
I voted for him last time and will gladly vote for him again.
However good luck with the Darwen Town Council. No doubt they are thinking up some "stinkers" to ask.
As for Will Shaw - surely one Straw has been enough without another blowing in!
Jake Berry is our elected MP and if the House is sitting it surely is right that he attends. That is what he was elected for. Jake is putting an enormous amount of work in supporting the wellbeing of Rossendale and Darwen . I voted for him last time and will gladly vote for him again. However good luck with the Darwen Town Council. No doubt they are thinking up some "stinkers" to ask. As for Will Shaw - surely one Straw has been enough without another blowing in! amazed
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