Stockton South MP James Wharton was barred from visiting two schools "because he was a Tory"

Darlington and Stockton Times: James Wharton James Wharton

STOCKTON South MP James Wharton was barred from visiting two local schools “because he was a Tory”, it has been revealed.

Pro-Labour head teachers refused to allow the newly-elected Conservative through the gates after he snatched the seat at the 2010 general election.

The revelation comes in a new profile of Mr Wharton, a rising Tory star whose highly-marginal constituency will be a key battleground at next year’s election.

Mr Wharton declined to identify the schools, but said the bans were no longer in place, adding: “I have good relationships with all schools in Stockton South.”

In the profile, the 30-year-old also calls for a penny to be cut off the 40p tax rate, paid by people who earn more than £41,866 in this financial year.

And he insists there is no reason why Labour should maintain its iron political grip on the North-East, where it holds 25 of the 29 Westminster seats.

Mr Wharton said: “Labour was the norm around here, so being a Tory was my teenage rebellion. I am the only Tory in the village.

“I meet people who vote Labour because it is what is expected of them, not because they believe. Tories here can start to think that the key to success is to look and sound like Labour.

“There is nothing particular about people in the North that makes them more inclined to back Labour. You have to convince people you believe in something,”

On tax, Mr Wharton said: “If it were up to me, I would have been tempted to cut the 40p rate to 39p, to send an important message that in difficult times we are doing what we can to help people who are working hard.”

The profile, in the Daily Telegraph, says the Stockton South MP was “sounded out” about taking over ultra–safe Thirsk and Malton, where Anne McIntosh has been deselected.

However, Mr Wharton will fight Stockton South again next year, where he will defend a wafer-thin majority of just 332.

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6:54pm Tue 1 Apr 14

bambara says...

So he would have been tempted to cut the 40p rate to 39p, at the same time as cutting benefits for the poor.
Well I'm sure all those people on the national average wage and below (who are well below the 40p tax threshold) would be overjoyed to see that happen.
Almost as overjoyed at the cuts to services, or lack of pay rises, or below inflation pay rises they have had to endure.
What planet is this guy on?
So he would have been tempted to cut the 40p rate to 39p, at the same time as cutting benefits for the poor. Well I'm sure all those people on the national average wage and below (who are well below the 40p tax threshold) would be overjoyed to see that happen. Almost as overjoyed at the cuts to services, or lack of pay rises, or below inflation pay rises they have had to endure. What planet is this guy on? bambara
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8:39pm Tue 1 Apr 14

darloboss says...

bye bye little posh boy
bye bye little posh boy darloboss
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8:40pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Ron Carter-Bonsteel says...

Mr Wharton needs to get out in the real world and see what damage he and his party are doing to my town. Cleveland area and the Country.Middlesbroug
h as suffered greatly under this Tory Coalition Government but then Labour done very little to nothing for my town and the rest of the North-East. London and areas of the South is where they are concentrating on because they know the Tories will not get the vote in our neck of the woods or the North-East. Tories are cut from the same cloth as Labour have their fair share of MP's who haven't a clue what is happening in our towns and Cities.
Whoever gets into power in 2015 nothing much will change for the people still have the Austerity cuts something the British people did not cause this was the bankers and MP's for their mistakes we suffer.
But they are not suffering are they? It makes me laugh when the Coalition Government say we are all in this together yeah right they carry on with their caviar and Champagne lifestyle while the rest of us have to decide if we eat or put the heating on.but no matter who you vote for we know that nothing will change for the majority of us but for a minority.
Mr Wharton needs to get out in the real world and see what damage he and his party are doing to my town. Cleveland area and the Country.Middlesbroug h as suffered greatly under this Tory Coalition Government but then Labour done very little to nothing for my town and the rest of the North-East. London and areas of the South is where they are concentrating on because they know the Tories will not get the vote in our neck of the woods or the North-East. Tories are cut from the same cloth as Labour have their fair share of MP's who haven't a clue what is happening in our towns and Cities. Whoever gets into power in 2015 nothing much will change for the people still have the Austerity cuts something the British people did not cause this was the bankers and MP's for their mistakes we suffer. But they are not suffering are they? It makes me laugh when the Coalition Government say we are all in this together yeah right they carry on with their caviar and Champagne lifestyle while the rest of us have to decide if we eat or put the heating on.but no matter who you vote for we know that nothing will change for the majority of us but for a minority. Ron Carter-Bonsteel
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8:52pm Tue 1 Apr 14

spottycow says...

LABOUR SCREWD THE YORKSHIRE AND NORTH EAST AREAS FOR YEARS AND NOW PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT WE IN THESE AREAS ARE THE BEST IN HEAVY INDUSTRY AND CAR MAKING .I WILL ALWAYS SING THE PRAISES OF NORTHERN WORKERS ANY TIME WE ARE BRILL UP HERE AND IM A YORKSHIRE LAD
LABOUR SCREWD THE YORKSHIRE AND NORTH EAST AREAS FOR YEARS AND NOW PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT WE IN THESE AREAS ARE THE BEST IN HEAVY INDUSTRY AND CAR MAKING .I WILL ALWAYS SING THE PRAISES OF NORTHERN WORKERS ANY TIME WE ARE BRILL UP HERE AND IM A YORKSHIRE LAD spottycow
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11:28pm Tue 1 Apr 14

John Justice says...

It is profoundly disturbing to democracy in this country if a Conservative MP was denied access to these schools by Labour supporting head teachers. One may not agree with his policies but he has every right to visit these schools. I would suggest that there may just be some Conservative supporters or non Labour voters who send their children to these schools who may welcome his visits. If this story is true it shows that stone age Labour supporters exist in the education system.
It is profoundly disturbing to democracy in this country if a Conservative MP was denied access to these schools by Labour supporting head teachers. One may not agree with his policies but he has every right to visit these schools. I would suggest that there may just be some Conservative supporters or non Labour voters who send their children to these schools who may welcome his visits. If this story is true it shows that stone age Labour supporters exist in the education system. John Justice
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7:41am Wed 2 Apr 14

Jonn says...

John Justice wrote:
It is profoundly disturbing to democracy in this country if a Conservative MP was denied access to these schools by Labour supporting head teachers. One may not agree with his policies but he has every right to visit these schools. I would suggest that there may just be some Conservative supporters or non Labour voters who send their children to these schools who may welcome his visits. If this story is true it shows that stone age Labour supporters exist in the education system.
It is even more profoundly disturbing to democracy that Parliament voted to backdate the LAW on the unlawful workfare programme to avoid it being unlawful and save the work and pensions secretary's skin.
[quote][p][bold]John Justice[/bold] wrote: It is profoundly disturbing to democracy in this country if a Conservative MP was denied access to these schools by Labour supporting head teachers. One may not agree with his policies but he has every right to visit these schools. I would suggest that there may just be some Conservative supporters or non Labour voters who send their children to these schools who may welcome his visits. If this story is true it shows that stone age Labour supporters exist in the education system.[/p][/quote]It is even more profoundly disturbing to democracy that Parliament voted to backdate the LAW on the unlawful workfare programme to avoid it being unlawful and save the work and pensions secretary's skin. Jonn
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8:35am Wed 2 Apr 14

Auldgadgey says...

Please can we have some facts rather than spin, who were the heads and did they actually refuse to have him visit?
This piece is just a puff for Mr Wharton and you have swallowed it.
Please can we have some facts rather than spin, who were the heads and did they actually refuse to have him visit? This piece is just a puff for Mr Wharton and you have swallowed it. Auldgadgey
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9:00am Wed 2 Apr 14

Ally F says...

Mr Wharton was probably banned from visiting two local schools because he is a jumped up self-opinionated and rather irritating twit. Now, my politics are right leaning, but that's justification enough in my opinion for the school to tell him to 'do one'.

Schools have a hard enough job to do without high maintenance visitors like Wharton making a nuisance of themselves in order to further their own agendas. All teachers have my greatest respect, they have to endure endless criticism from politicians of all political persuasions who have never taught and haven't a Barrs Iron Bru what they are talking about.
Mr Wharton was probably banned from visiting two local schools because he is a jumped up self-opinionated and rather irritating twit. Now, my politics are right leaning, but that's justification enough in my opinion for the school to tell him to 'do one'. Schools have a hard enough job to do without high maintenance visitors like Wharton making a nuisance of themselves in order to further their own agendas. All teachers have my greatest respect, they have to endure endless criticism from politicians of all political persuasions who have never taught and haven't a Barrs Iron Bru what they are talking about. Ally F
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1:13pm Wed 2 Apr 14

behonest says...

It's going to be a tough ask for James Wharton to hold this seat. But you never know, the people of Stockton South are obviously not all Labour muppets who just vote Labour 'cos their grandad did, regardless of the continual damage Labour does to the economic and social state of this country.

But if the 'we must vote Labour 'cos we're from the North East' mindset does come back, then they'll end up with this bi-sexual, Liverpool councillor that Labour has decided will be MP for Stockton South next year.

I think we either accept that our politicians should visit our public institutuons occasionally or we don't. If we do, and I think we should, then these head-teachers should have been sacked. It can't be right, regardless of your politics, that unelected, unaccountable public servants can dictate which of our elected representatives can or cannot visit organisations, that are paid for by public money.
It's going to be a tough ask for James Wharton to hold this seat. But you never know, the people of Stockton South are obviously not all Labour muppets who just vote Labour 'cos their grandad did, regardless of the continual damage Labour does to the economic and social state of this country. But if the 'we must vote Labour 'cos we're from the North East' mindset does come back, then they'll end up with this bi-sexual, Liverpool councillor that Labour has decided will be MP for Stockton South next year. I think we either accept that our politicians should visit our public institutuons occasionally or we don't. If we do, and I think we should, then these head-teachers should have been sacked. It can't be right, regardless of your politics, that unelected, unaccountable public servants can dictate which of our elected representatives can or cannot visit organisations, that are paid for by public money. behonest
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1:16pm Wed 2 Apr 14

behonest says...

public institutions, that is!
public institutions, that is! behonest
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3:23pm Wed 2 Apr 14

st-george1 says...

Just another highly embarrassing day for the North East’s flashmobber politically-motivate
d education people, whose rudeness, lack of manners and disrespect comes across as standard and consideration for others is a luxury in this and every other Labour Party heartland.

Yes it is true that the North East really is the worst when it comes to education standards, as a recent survey in North East England has shown that too many of the children here have ended up being the world’s worst at maths, English, literacy, communication skills and showing respect and that nearly 50% of children approaching school leaving age COULD NOT correctly check if they had been given the right change when buying anything … something that kind of says it all about the unacceptable extremes of the teaching profession that has not yet learned what is wrong !

How concerning this is when bosses of industry looking for new staff HAVE to first do what the posh-or-not-so-posh teachers failed to do and educate these young people in the simplest of basics ...

However it is every Governments overall responsibility to ensure that even the most politically-motivate
d Teachers must be routinely visited, re-evaluated and approved to continue teaching OR be sacked if deemed incompetent and attempts to ban the locally elected MP is just so typical of a Labour Party cover-up in my view, something that must not be tolerated, whatever the cost !
Just another highly embarrassing day for the North East’s flashmobber politically-motivate d education people, whose rudeness, lack of manners and disrespect comes across as standard and consideration for others is a luxury in this and every other Labour Party heartland. Yes it is true that the North East really is the worst when it comes to education standards, as a recent survey in North East England has shown that too many of the children here have ended up being the world’s worst at maths, English, literacy, communication skills and showing respect and that nearly 50% of children approaching school leaving age COULD NOT correctly check if they had been given the right change when buying anything … something that kind of says it all about the unacceptable extremes of the teaching profession that has not yet learned what is wrong ! How concerning this is when bosses of industry looking for new staff HAVE to first do what the posh-or-not-so-posh teachers failed to do and educate these young people in the simplest of basics ... However it is every Governments overall responsibility to ensure that even the most politically-motivate d Teachers must be routinely visited, re-evaluated and approved to continue teaching OR be sacked if deemed incompetent and attempts to ban the locally elected MP is just so typical of a Labour Party cover-up in my view, something that must not be tolerated, whatever the cost ! st-george1
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