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On 03/03/2020 at 12:07, Bigal1 said:

For the record I emailed her. What is the point of an email address if all you get is an automated response telling you they are still to set up an office.

 

It is quite unbelievable that it should take so long to set up am office are we to believe that all the other new MPs in Westminster still have to set up their constituency and Westminster offices? No I very much doubt it

 

Yes of course I know an MP does not themselves see every email and letter but if they are simply being ignored then that is a different thing

When you do catch up with Ms Blake, maybe you could ask her if she feels she & the rest of them are worth the 3.1% pay rise? 

https://www.itv.com/news/2020-03-05/mps-to-receive-pay-rise-of-2-464-bringing-basic-annual-salary-to-81-932/

 

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21 hours ago, Baron99 said:

When you do catch up with Ms Blake, maybe you could ask her if she feels she & the rest of them are worth the 3.1% pay rise? 

https://www.itv.com/news/2020-03-05/mps-to-receive-pay-rise-of-2-464-bringing-basic-annual-salary-to-81-932/

 

Well she is one of the few who do believe that ( one of 650 I think)

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Posted (edited)

I rang my MP (Clive Betts) I left a message on the ansaphone and someone from his office rang me back, he was doing a surgery next day and made me an appointment.  I saw Clive and he helped me sort out my problem. Full marks from me.

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On 03/03/2020 at 23:39, WokeyMcWokeface said:

It was and is the only place to live in Sheffield, and South Yorkshire for that matter, but the lurch to the left and the rise of champagne socialists is a shame. People driving BMWs and sending kids to private school and then sticking up a Labour sign at election time as a virtue signal. Extreme wokeism.

What sort of system would you choose, to replace democracy?

 

You clearly don’t like democracy.

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On 02/03/2020 at 20:33, Annie Bynnol said:

Signed letters with full name an address are the only correspondence that are likely to be read from a new enquiry, usually this will be done by another paid (by the MP) and interns. They will be responsible for bringing important matters to the MP.

This is nonsense. MPs are elected to represent their constituents. How can they do that if they ignore communications from them? MPs cannot take up the cases of other MPs' constituents, so they do require a full postal address to establish the person contacting them is a constituent. The means of contacting them is irrelevant. 

On 02/03/2020 at 20:33, Annie Bynnol said:

An MP will only get one  Parliamentary Assistant/Office Manager paid for by the  Palace of Westminster. This process of getting the right person requires an advert, sifting, interviews, background checks and a full MI5 security check.  

No. Non London MPs are entitled to an allowance of £140,000 to employ staff, plus a further £25,000+ for office running costs. New MPs get a start up budget of £6,000. It has just been announced that the staffing allowance is going to be increased by £25,000.

 

MPs' staff who work in the Palace of Westminster are subject to the checks required of all people who work there (including cleaners, messengers etc). Staff working in constituency offices require no government security checks. They do not have access to any government information that is not in the public domain. 

On 02/03/2020 at 20:33, Annie Bynnol said:

Initial  contact should always be done by letter and never by e-mail.. 

Vulnerable and/or desperate people can need to contact their MP urgently. You should reflect on that before posting this ill informed and inaccurate nonsense. How is someone who has had problems with a benefit claim and got no money supposed to afford a stamp? If someone is about to be evicted or deported, that may have happened by the time a letter arrives. 

 

 

 

 

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On 05/03/2020 at 12:57, Baron99 said:

When you do catch up with Ms Blake, maybe you could ask her if she feels she & the rest of them are worth the 3.1% pay rise? 

https://www.itv.com/news/2020-03-05/mps-to-receive-pay-rise-of-2-464-bringing-basic-annual-salary-to-81-932/

 

If you read the article it says the money is going towards staffing and offices, which should help in the purpose of this thread.

 

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IPSA interim chair Richard Lloyd said: "Our review of MPs' staffing budgets in 2019 found demands on MPs' offices were high, with staff doing difficult and stressful casework with constituents on a very wide range of problems. "There was often high staff turnover, with salary levels below comparable roles elsewhere, based on independent benchmarked evidence.

 

"In many MPs' offices, relatively little time or money was spent on staff training, wellbeing and development.

 

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3 minutes ago, alchresearch said:

If you read the article it says the money is going towards staffing and offices, which should help in the purpose of this thread.

 

 

So this extra money was all that was stopping her set up an office. No I don't think so.

 

if she can not get her office up and running in three months then she should resign or explain to all her constituents why she has yet to set up an office.

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1 hour ago, Bigal1 said:

So this extra money was all that was stopping her set up an office. No I don't think so.

 

if she can not get her office up and running in three months then she should resign or explain to all her constituents why she has yet to set up an office.

MPs have to look for properties on the open market just like anyone else. If there are no suitable premises available they do not have the luxury of being able to set one up that is not on public transport routes; hence the delay.

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5 minutes ago, max said:

MPs have to look for properties on the open market just like anyone else. If there are no suitable premises available they do not have the luxury of being able to set one up that is not on public transport routes; hence the delay.

And at Westminster? 
 

surely they could recruit someone who could temporarily work from home or the Labour Party offices in sheffield ( temporary arrangement with fellow MP)

 

if I were standing for MP then I sure would have done some preparation before the election so that I was ready to serve my constituency straight away

 

sorry just don’t buy any of this

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16 minutes ago, Bigal1 said:

And at Westminster? 
 

surely they could recruit someone who could temporarily work from home or the Labour Party offices in sheffield ( temporary arrangement with fellow MP)

 

if I were standing for MP then I sure would have done some preparation before the election so that I was ready to serve my constituency straight away

 

sorry just don’t buy any of this

I concur. She's not refitting a shopping mall out. 3 months is appalling. 

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Maybe she's having staff problems like her predecessor did?

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