What hope, Hugh?

York Press: . .

IT IS surely time for Hugh Bayley to consider his position as Labour’s representative for York due to his inability to represent the working class.

Take Mr Bayley’s reaction to his constituents having to face benefit sanctions and zero-hours contracts (Column, December 20).

Myself I find it appalling that ‘Andrew’ works part-time 364 days a year. Yet Mr Bayley doesn’t angrily condemn this and although he criticises the insane sanctions applied to his constituent’s benefits, he later states “but sanctions must be applied fairly”.

Mr Bayley then talks about those desperately clinging on at the edges of breadline Britain. He sprinkles his column with Big Society words such as volunteers, good neighbours, food banks, donations even including the Salvation Army.

Let’s not overlook his sound-bite about Labour’s pledge concerning freezing fuel bills.

With politicians such as Hugh Bayley, what hope is there for the future? Labour condones welfare caps, learning or training and benefits withdrawal – all against a backdrop of five million unemployed, widespread poverty and homelessness.

Mr Bayley can retire now, unlike the women robbed by his ilk of around £35,000 pension if retirement at the age of 60 hadn’t been denied them.

Tom Scaife, Manor Drive, York.

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10:13am Thu 2 Jan 14

Zetkin says...

Which begs the question, what's the alternative?

Both Left Unity and the Trade Union & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) have a fledgling presence in York and either would get my vote, but both have a long way to go if they're to present a credible alternative capable of winning a significant vote in the city in time for the general election.

It's to be hoped the two organisations can find a way of supporting a single candidate capable of challenging robustly not only the Tories, and Liberals, but also the Greens and Labour, who are equally guilty of implementing cuts when they get a sniff of power, whatever their rhetoric when out of office.
Which begs the question, what's the alternative? Both Left Unity and the Trade Union & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) have a fledgling presence in York and either would get my vote, but both have a long way to go if they're to present a credible alternative capable of winning a significant vote in the city in time for the general election. It's to be hoped the two organisations can find a way of supporting a single candidate capable of challenging robustly not only the Tories, and Liberals, but also the Greens and Labour, who are equally guilty of implementing cuts when they get a sniff of power, whatever their rhetoric when out of office. Zetkin

11:05am Thu 2 Jan 14

oi oi savaloy says...

hugh bayley was one of the labour MP's that didn't turn up for the so called bedroom tax vote! yet he 'cycled' to and from town to stand outside the mansion house and protest about it with about 20 people who the so called bedroom tax affects!

so basically an expense claim outing!

hugh bayley is in it for himself!
hugh bayley was one of the labour MP's that didn't turn up for the so called bedroom tax vote! yet he 'cycled' to and from town to stand outside the mansion house and protest about it with about 20 people who the so called bedroom tax affects! so basically an expense claim outing! hugh bayley is in it for himself! oi oi savaloy

11:06am Thu 2 Jan 14

oi oi savaloy says...

hugh bayley was one of the labour MP's that didn't turn up for the so called bedroom tax vote! yet he 'cycled' to and from town to stand outside the mansion house and protest about it with about 20 people who the so called bedroom tax affects!

so basically an expense claim outing!

hugh bayley is in it for himself!
hugh bayley was one of the labour MP's that didn't turn up for the so called bedroom tax vote! yet he 'cycled' to and from town to stand outside the mansion house and protest about it with about 20 people who the so called bedroom tax affects! so basically an expense claim outing! hugh bayley is in it for himself! oi oi savaloy

3:02pm Thu 2 Jan 14

tricky1992000 says...

Hugh Bayley also had his snout in the trough with the expenses claims, while pensioners are struggling to heat their homes he had his hands in the till for £1,773.93 to pay for his heating from the taxpayer. He should be deselected for the next general election, and a real blue collar representative take his place (there are only 24 working class MP's in the labour party) This section of society is horrendously under represented.
Hugh Bayley also had his snout in the trough with the expenses claims, while pensioners are struggling to heat their homes he had his hands in the till for £1,773.93 to pay for his heating from the taxpayer. He should be deselected for the next general election, and a real blue collar representative take his place (there are only 24 working class MP's in the labour party) This section of society is horrendously under represented. tricky1992000

3:41pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Micklegate says...

All talk, all hot air and all the expenses he can possibly claim - that I am afraid is Hugh Bayley's legacy for two long and useless decades where he has achieved nothing.
All talk, all hot air and all the expenses he can possibly claim - that I am afraid is Hugh Bayley's legacy for two long and useless decades where he has achieved nothing. Micklegate

4:21pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Jonthan says...

oi oi savaloy wrote:
hugh bayley was one of the labour MP's that didn't turn up for the so called bedroom tax vote! yet he 'cycled' to and from town to stand outside the mansion house and protest about it with about 20 people who the so called bedroom tax affects!

so basically an expense claim outing!

hugh bayley is in it for himself!
He was abroad for a month including the time of the bedroom tax vote, so I imagine he was paired

I have no time for him he will not get my vote. However there is enough to blame him for (particularly Iraq) without blaming him for things he can't help
[quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: hugh bayley was one of the labour MP's that didn't turn up for the so called bedroom tax vote! yet he 'cycled' to and from town to stand outside the mansion house and protest about it with about 20 people who the so called bedroom tax affects! so basically an expense claim outing! hugh bayley is in it for himself![/p][/quote]He was abroad for a month including the time of the bedroom tax vote, so I imagine he was paired I have no time for him he will not get my vote. However there is enough to blame him for (particularly Iraq) without blaming him for things he can't help Jonthan

5:54pm Thu 2 Jan 14

oi oi savaloy says...

Jonthan wrote:
oi oi savaloy wrote:
hugh bayley was one of the labour MP's that didn't turn up for the so called bedroom tax vote! yet he 'cycled' to and from town to stand outside the mansion house and protest about it with about 20 people who the so called bedroom tax affects!

so basically an expense claim outing!

hugh bayley is in it for himself!
He was abroad for a month including the time of the bedroom tax vote, so I imagine he was paired

I have no time for him he will not get my vote. However there is enough to blame him for (particularly Iraq) without blaming him for things he can't help
sorry?? blaming him for things he cant help??

he is paid to represent his constituent's, not people abroad!

and was he really abroad when it was the so called 'bedroom tax' vote?

was the 'bedroom tax' vote on the 11/11/13 ?

http://www.hughbayle
y.co.uk/2013/11/taki
ng-part-in-yorks-par
liament-week/

and does anybody know how much time he spends in Africa??

I was speaking to the husband for someone who works for him and they quipped "he's hardly ever in the u.k. always in Africa"
[quote][p][bold]Jonthan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: hugh bayley was one of the labour MP's that didn't turn up for the so called bedroom tax vote! yet he 'cycled' to and from town to stand outside the mansion house and protest about it with about 20 people who the so called bedroom tax affects! so basically an expense claim outing! hugh bayley is in it for himself![/p][/quote]He was abroad for a month including the time of the bedroom tax vote, so I imagine he was paired I have no time for him he will not get my vote. However there is enough to blame him for (particularly Iraq) without blaming him for things he can't help[/p][/quote]sorry?? blaming him for things he cant help?? he is paid to represent his constituent's, not people abroad! and was he really abroad when it was the so called 'bedroom tax' vote? was the 'bedroom tax' vote on the 11/11/13 ? http://www.hughbayle y.co.uk/2013/11/taki ng-part-in-yorks-par liament-week/ and does anybody know how much time he spends in Africa?? I was speaking to the husband for someone who works for him and they quipped "he's hardly ever in the u.k. always in Africa" oi oi savaloy

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