Ex-Darlington MP Fallon made 'Minister for Portsmouth' - why no Minister for the North-East, Mr Cameron?

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DAVID Cameron has been criticised for appointing a ‘Minister for Portsmouth’ after refusing similar special help for the North-East.

Nick Brown, who was Labour’s Minister for the North-East, argued the region was missing out to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

But the Prime Minister said: “The Government has no intention of returning to the old administration’s system of individual minsters representing the old administrative regions.”

Former Darlington MP Michael Fallon, now a Business Minister, has been made ‘Minister for Portsmouth’ to help the city recover from the loss of 1,000 shipbuilding jobs.

But Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable branded the idea tokenism and claimed he was the “real minister for Portsmouth”.

Mr Brown, the Newcastle East MP, said: “There is clearly an economic development issue in Portsmouth. It is the right thing for Portsmouth given its situation.

“It is also the right thing to do for the North-East. The Government should reconsider the case for doing the same thing for the North-East.”

In Opposition, Mr Cameron pledged to appoint city ministers but he has appointed only Middlesbrough-born Greg Clark to look after all England’s major cities.

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps said having ministers for regions had worked in some areas but not others and asked that the Government be judged by its record, which he said was more jobs in every region.

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The Question Time Panel in Durham tonight

Speaking ahead of appearing on the BBC’s Question Time which was filmed at Durham’s Gala Theatre tonight (Thursday, January 16), he also claimed many North-Easterners were “very natural Conservative voters”.

“If we can cement this recovery, ordinary families will feel the benefits. There are many parts of the North-East where people will be looking to the Conservatives.

“I meet people who are industrious, working hard.

“They may not think of themselves in this way but they are people who work hard, play by the rules, want to get on in life – I see those people as being very natural Conservative voters,” he said.

Also on the Question Time panel were Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh, Lib Dems president Tim Farron, the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu and broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer.

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7:04am Fri 17 Jan 14

George19 says...

Former Darlington MP Michael Fallon, now a Business Minister, has been made ‘Minister for Portsmouth’ to help the city recover from the loss of 1,000 shipbuilding jobs. Fallon will have his Frackers in the streets in no time, maybe this will be his first success in politics.
Former Darlington MP Michael Fallon, now a Business Minister, has been made ‘Minister for Portsmouth’ to help the city recover from the loss of 1,000 shipbuilding jobs. Fallon will have his Frackers in the streets in no time, maybe this will be his first success in politics. George19

9:06am Fri 17 Jan 14

Madadrian says...

Fallon a business minsiter?
This man is a career politician. He went straight from higher education into politics. He never had any business experience except as an investor and his start in that was something I was always dubious about.

And the idiots in Darlington voted for him after his party trashed Darlington manufacturing industry
Fallon a business minsiter? This man is a career politician. He went straight from higher education into politics. He never had any business experience except as an investor and his start in that was something I was always dubious about. And the idiots in Darlington voted for him after his party trashed Darlington manufacturing industry Madadrian

10:23am Fri 17 Jan 14

David Lacey says...

Great guy. When Darlington voted Labour it started the downhill slide that has continued ever since.
Great guy. When Darlington voted Labour it started the downhill slide that has continued ever since. David Lacey

1:20pm Fri 17 Jan 14

sineater says...

Don't let the truth get in the road of party politics David .
Don't let the truth get in the road of party politics David . sineater

12:29am Sat 18 Jan 14

Nicholas_Till says...

I think that estimable organ The Daily Mash got there first:

"RADICAL boundary changes by the Conservative party will make it mathematically impossible for Labour to win an election, it has emerged.

'Under David Cameron’s proposed new constituency boundaries, Up North – which includes traditional Labour strongholds Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle – will elect a single MP.

'Meanwhile David Cameron’s home town of Chipping Norton would be split into 27 constituencies, three of them representing areas of Cameron’s house..."

...!! The full piece, for Mash afficcionados, is at:-

http://www.thedailym
ash.co.uk/politics/p
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-north-to- become-a-single-cons
tituency-vows-camero
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I think that estimable organ The Daily Mash got there first: "RADICAL boundary changes by the Conservative party will make it mathematically impossible for Labour to win an election, it has emerged. 'Under David Cameron’s proposed new constituency boundaries, Up North – which includes traditional Labour strongholds Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle – will elect a single MP. 'Meanwhile David Cameron’s home town of Chipping Norton would be split into 27 constituencies, three of them representing areas of Cameron’s house..." ...!! The full piece, for Mash afficcionados, is at:- http://www.thedailym ash.co.uk/politics/p olitics-headlines/up -north-to- become-a-single-cons tituency-vows-camero n-2012080837546 Nicholas_Till

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