Residents' anger over MP's geographical blunder at village show

Darlington and Stockton Times: IDENTITY CRISIS: Helen Goodman MP, who confused villages 70 miles apart IDENTITY CRISIS: Helen Goodman MP, who confused villages 70 miles apart

THE village of Ingleton is so famous for its beautiful waterfalls and deep caves that MP Helen Goodman waxed lyrical about them as she opened a County Durham fair.

Unfortunately for the Bishop Auckland MP she was talking about Ingleton, in North Yorkshire – which lies 70 miles away.

Residents compared the scene to an April Fool’s Day joke while organisers of Ingleton Village Fair and Classic Vehicle Show said it was unlikely she would be invited back.

However, Labour MP Ms Goodman laughed off the mistake and called it a simple accident, which was pointed out to her on the day.

Tony Todd, who was there with his family, said: “It would seem that the local MP knows very little about her area.

“She seemed quite oblivious to the fact that she was talking about another Ingleton. She was using a microphone so everyone will have heard her.

“I looked at my family and I thought what is she babbling on about. She dug a big hole for herself. If it had been April 1 I would have thought it was a set up.

“I think she is a disgrace and she has made a lasting impression on me. I would not vote for her.”

While visitors to Ingleton, in North Yorkshire, can enjoy the White Scar Cave those at the County Durham show on Saturday, June 14 were there to enjoy face painting and vintage cars.

Neil Flowers, a member of the show’s organising committee, said: “She obviously does not know the place and whoever had done the research for the speech had not got it right.

“It didn’t make her look very good. I spoke to one or two people who had realised what she’d done. I think that if it had being pointed out to her it would have made it more embarrassing.

“I don’t think that we’ll be asking Helen Goodman back to open the fair.”

Ms Goodman said: “I am sorry that I made the mistake. It was an honest accident on my behalf and some people pointed it out to me on the day.”

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8:35pm Sun 15 Jun 14

behonest says...

Come on, be fair to Mrs Goodman. She's just another Labour politician from outside of this Region, who was given a safe Labour seat here in the North East by the Labour Party. Everyone in Bishop Auckland will still vote for her, 'cos she's Labour. She doesn't know, or need to know, anything about this area. Obviously.
Come on, be fair to Mrs Goodman. She's just another Labour politician from outside of this Region, who was given a safe Labour seat here in the North East by the Labour Party. Everyone in Bishop Auckland will still vote for her, 'cos she's Labour. She doesn't know, or need to know, anything about this area. Obviously. behonest
  • Score: 35

9:18pm Sun 15 Jun 14

bambara says...

LOL someone got their research wrong.

You are correct on one point bedisingenous the people of Bishop Auckland will vote for her, after all they know it could be worse she could be a Tory.
LOL someone got their research wrong. You are correct on one point bedisingenous the people of Bishop Auckland will vote for her, after all they know it could be worse she could be a Tory. bambara
  • Score: -15

9:50pm Sun 15 Jun 14

spragger says...

Another Labour carpetbagger not up to the job & doing her homework

If the residents have any sense they will boot her **** out of town. Just like the good people did to the hapless Vera Baird.
Another Labour carpetbagger not up to the job & doing her homework If the residents have any sense they will boot her **** out of town. Just like the good people did to the hapless Vera Baird. spragger
  • Score: 30

11:35pm Sun 15 Jun 14

John Durham says...

Although this is obviously a simple mistake it does highlight the state of politics today mainly in relation to the media. Politicians of all parties now have to be so careful what they say or do, where they are photographed, answers to daft questions.
So despite all his other important issues Cameron needs to know the price of bread or milk, Miliband shouldn't be seen with a picture of the Sun, Clegg shouldn't stand in front of a set of words such that he blanks all but the letters T, W, A and T and so on.
The media is treating us like idiots and for a political gain we let them.
Its a sad state of affairs and no wonder most people have little respect for the real work of politicians.
Ironically though some can gain from it - Boris Johnson for example. He may get himself stuck on some sort of wire over London but it does him no harm with voters whatsoever.
We get the politicians we deserve - if we think this story is remotely important, or that Cameron needs to know the price of milk (who does?) then we could all end up being represented by the Monster Raving Loony Party - or even UKIP.
Although this is obviously a simple mistake it does highlight the state of politics today mainly in relation to the media. Politicians of all parties now have to be so careful what they say or do, where they are photographed, answers to daft questions. So despite all his other important issues Cameron needs to know the price of bread or milk, Miliband shouldn't be seen with a picture of the Sun, Clegg shouldn't stand in front of a set of words such that he blanks all but the letters T, W, A and T and so on. The media is treating us like idiots and for a political gain we let them. Its a sad state of affairs and no wonder most people have little respect for the real work of politicians. Ironically though some can gain from it - Boris Johnson for example. He may get himself stuck on some sort of wire over London but it does him no harm with voters whatsoever. We get the politicians we deserve - if we think this story is remotely important, or that Cameron needs to know the price of milk (who does?) then we could all end up being represented by the Monster Raving Loony Party - or even UKIP. John Durham
  • Score: -5

8:45am Mon 16 Jun 14

st-george1 says...

Being able to fool SOME of the people ALL of the time or fool ALL of the people some of the time is one of the big issues facing Labour voters in the North East and Britain !
Being able to fool SOME of the people ALL of the time or fool ALL of the people some of the time is one of the big issues facing Labour voters in the North East and Britain ! st-george1
  • Score: 5

10:01am Mon 16 Jun 14

Ally F says...

Why would you want some boring local MP to open your village fair anyway?
Why would you want some boring local MP to open your village fair anyway? Ally F
  • Score: 6

8:39pm Mon 16 Jun 14

changingman2001 says...

I have to say, when I was stood in Darlington talking to a man who was due to show his Ford Fiesta 1.3 Sport at the show the next day, I made exactly the same mistake...and unlike Ms Goodman, I have lived here all of my life. She's obviously never been to either place though because: -
1. There are no waterfalls that I know of in Ingleton Co Durham
2. It's much cheaper to park at Ingleton Co. Durham (or High Force for that matter!) than it is in Ingleton Yorks.
There but for the grace of God...
I have to say, when I was stood in Darlington talking to a man who was due to show his Ford Fiesta 1.3 Sport at the show the next day, I made exactly the same mistake...and unlike Ms Goodman, I have lived here all of my life. She's obviously never been to either place though because: - 1. There are no waterfalls that I know of in Ingleton Co Durham 2. It's much cheaper to park at Ingleton Co. Durham (or High Force for that matter!) than it is in Ingleton Yorks. There but for the grace of God... changingman2001
  • Score: 1

9:58pm Mon 16 Jun 14

punkrocker says...

idiot
idiot punkrocker
  • Score: 1

1:05am Wed 18 Jun 14

JJTOP2 says...

Bet she knows how to fill the good ole expenses forms in.
Bet she knows how to fill the good ole expenses forms in. JJTOP2
  • Score: 1

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