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Have you ever met your elected representative and had a meaningful and rewarding discussion with them? Nope, me neither. Tell us about your encounters with the vote-hungry election blaggers.

(, Thu 30 Apr 2015, 18:56)
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I won't name him specifically, but he's a Scottish Labour guy who is thankfully quite likely to be replaced on May 7th.

My correspondence with him started with me sending him a template email via Amnesty International (I'm still quite supportive of that organisation, and at the time I was sending these things off without a second thought, kind of like signing a petition), basically to encourage him to oppose a bill that the Tories were pushing through that would allow the government to hold the trials of 'terror suspects' in secret, and in short violate their human rights. To my surprise, he actually responded, and to my disappointment he and his party had voted for an amendment that pretty much did jack shit to the actual bill. He even sent me two letters informing me of the progress of the bill, something I discovered he's keen on doing to maintain some kind of reputation as one of 'Britain's most responsive MPs'.

Doing some digging, I discovered that he had claimed nearly £300,000 in expenses since his election and that he employs his partner as his secretary. Thanks to the miracle of First Past The Post, he was also voted in despite over 60% of the constituency voting for someone else.

He came in to talk to our school a few times (and yes, as a few of you guessed I am still roughly school age), which led to some rather interesting discussions concerning his actions in Westminster. I brought up his conspicuous failure to vote on several key bills regarding fracking, further welfare cuts and Trident, to which he responded that he had 'other responsibilities'. When I subjected him to the same sort of scrutiny on social media, he blocked me from his Facebook page and still goes on about 'bullying trolls' to this day.

In fairness to the man, he is very responsive and is quite good as a local representative. He went out of his way to justify his position to me at first, so maybe I pushed him a bit far. Anyway, he'll be going soon.

Important clarification: Scottish Labour are not like the Labour party in the rest of the UK. In their intense hatred of the SNP they have almost entirely abandoned their left wing principles and by sharing a platform with the Tories during the independence referendum they have lost the confidence of the majority of the Scottish electorate. They're now just a bunch of Blairites, and my MP is no exception.
(, Thu 30 Apr 2015, 19:31, 13 replies)
Labour are fucked eh

(, Thu 30 Apr 2015, 19:47, closed)
In Scotland at least

(, Thu 30 Apr 2015, 19:49, closed)
which translates to fucked in England as well
Where are they going to gain enough seats to replace the lost Scottish ones?

(, Thu 30 Apr 2015, 19:59, closed)
They can always have a coalition with the SNP.
Which in fairness is quite likely, regardless of how much Ed says it isn't
(, Thu 30 Apr 2015, 20:02, closed)
wut and the SNP will taint themselves with a Labour stain?
Confidence and supply is much more likely.
(, Thu 30 Apr 2015, 20:09, closed)
The idea that Labour relies on Scottish seats to win elections is a myth
Only the 1964 election would change from winning to losing, if there were no Scottish seats.
(, Thu 30 Apr 2015, 20:19, closed)
That's true but in this election
Labour would have been in a much stronger position to form a coalition if they hadn't shat the bed in Scotland.
(, Thu 30 Apr 2015, 22:19, closed)
If you are roughly school age
You should head butt him in the fanny while you still can.
(, Thu 30 Apr 2015, 20:44, closed)
Same shit, different coloured pot
South of the border I can't see any significant difference between Labour , the Lie Dems or the Tories
Just a bunch of career politicians who if they ever had any sincere beliefs, they were purely in favour of themselves, rather than promoting the welfare of the common man
(, Thu 30 Apr 2015, 22:07, closed)
'lie dems'
(, Fri 1 May 2015, 11:38, closed)

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