Statement by John
I am pleased that the
Police have now made it clear that there has been a concerted effort
to promote false criminal allegations against me and that the
allegations had no substance whatsoever.
I would like to thank
Emily Cox, my children, Ayaz Iqbal (my Solicitor), my local lib dem
team and many others who supported me through this dreadful
experience. There are many worse things that happen to people, but
this was a really bad experience.
It is bad enough to
have false allegations made about yourself to the police, but to have
a concerted campaign involving your political opponents and many
others in public creates an environment in which it is reasonable to
be concerned about ill founded vigilante attacks on your family and
yourself. Luckily there was a more substantial lobby to the contrary
as well, which included many people who were themselves real
survivors of abuse, which has helped.
I am normally someone
who helps other people fight injustice. …
The Labour Party spent most of the last election criticising me for being a successful businessman (aka millionaire). That is business in the private sector employing over 250 people. It is worth looking at the situation for the Labour Candidate now:
For the year 2016-7
Annual Income from Parliament74,962Specifically for her book51,250Other media income etc5,322.82Total declared income131,534.82
Traditionally anyone with an annual income of over £100,000 has been considered to be a millionaire. I did not use my position in parliament to increase my income.
I have been asked for sources for this. This BBC piece looks at how one should define rich. It was written in 2011 so the figures will be slightly out of date. There are perhaps 2 relevant pieces: "In 1880 a rich person would have had £100,000 in assets or an income of £10,000 a year, he says. About a hundred people a year died leaving £100,000 and by 1910 this was 250 - "a microscopic fraction of the number of death…
Candidates in elections tend to find themselves very busy with lots of things to do. It is, therefore, necessary to prioritise things to ensure that the important things are dealt with.
To me the issue of homelessness and rough sleeping is an important issue. Therefore, when Birmingham's Faith Leaders group contacted me to ask me what I would propose and whether I would work with them to make things better I was pleased to respond with my views and indicate that I would work with them after the election.
The Faith Leaders Group (Bishops and other religious leaders in Birmingham) have now sent out their report.
Sadly, according to their report, I was the only candidate for Yardley to respond. The group in their report said:
disappointing was the lack of response from some of those candidates
seeking re-election as MP for their respective constituencies."
It is worth looking at the priorities of my opponent.
Interestingly today she has decided to be at th…