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Yardley Net Campaign Hots Up

One of the issues in Yardley for the General Election is that the Labour Candidate is not really interested in Yardley, but wanted to be the Labour Candidate for Wakefield Central.

As part of her campaign to be selected in Wakefield (June 2004) Karen Marshall from Yorkshire said "there are four candidates left on the shortlist and I feel that Jayne Innes is the best one for the job. She has local roots in the constituency [Wakefield Central]..." "I think it's important to have someone who has a head start and who knows the local area [Wakefield] already." Ms Innes Campaigning in Wakefield

When we put a reference to the original Labour noticed it and changed it from the "lass with the local [Wakefield] roots to": This link

They may change this again so I will extract the text:
"Birmingham Lib Dem leader John Hemming's commitment to being the MP for Birmingham Yardley is so half hearted that even if elected he plans to treat it as a part time job and continue as a councillor! "

This is all linked to the fact that I am not going to resign as a councillor if I am elected as MP for Birmingham (Yardley). Lynne Jones MP and Steve McCabe MP both were elected as Labour MPs for Birmingham whilst local councillors. Neither resigned as councillors.

My criticism of Labour MPs in Birmingham is that generally they don't represent Birmingham in Westminster, but moreso represent Labour in Birmingham. My view is that we need to have MPs that fight for us rather than people that wander off to promote their own careers.

It is important to keep links between the City and the MPs so I personally believe it would be wrong to resign as a councillor. However, at least we have a clear issue of difference between our campaign and that of the Labour Party.

We take the view that we need to argue the case for Birmingham nationally. Labour feel that local links should be cut.

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R v SUSSEX JUSTICES ex p McCARTHY [1924] 1 KB 256

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KING’S BENCH DIVISION

R v SUSSEX JUSTICES ex p McCARTHY [1924] 1 KB 256

November 9 1923

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