Monday, April 30, 2007

Shocking waste of Police resources in Gloucestershire.... not

Last week the Labour MP for Stroud, David Drew, asked the Home Secretary "what policing costs associated with the wedding of Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar were met by (a) Gloucestershire police and (b) the organisers of the event". He was told in response it was a matter for the Gloucestershire Constabulary.

Should anyone really be interested in the answer, the Police didn't actually provide, nor were they asked to provide policing at the wedding in the private grounds of Sudeley Castle. They did put a few extra coppers in Winchombe on the day of the wedding though because they expected an increased number of people, and a mini media circus.

The extra coppers amounted to a Police Sergeant and eight Police Constables. None of them were paid overtime and the resources cost the budget of the Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Division a whopping £1,122.

I've been trying to figure out exactly why David Drew may have asked such a trivial question, then I discovered he only has a majority 350 and was probably hoping the answer would be a significant figure that he could use in a leaflet (or perhaps a local election leaflet?).

Personally, I think he should concentrate on fixing his horrific looking website.


Richard Havers said...

Ghastly web site as you say.

I like this comment on his site about his trip to Southern Germany made by the The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee. He suggest that one of the problems is -

‘Devising common systems of measurement to see what progress is being made including on a risk-based approach.’

What the hell is that supposed to mean, other than not another bloody set of targets!

The rest of it is hardly any better.

Anonymous said...

Mmm - frametastic.

Give the man some credit - he clearly hasn't wasted much taxpayer's money. He doesn't even use a TLD.

IanPJ said...

Can see he is obviously very popular, with 13,371 visits since July 7, 2004.

Anonymous said...

"then I discovered he only has a majority 350 "

he isn't interested in his majority...he backs John McDonnell for leader afteralll

Nich Starling said...

The IK.ORG websites are marketed at schools as a cheap way of setting up a website. I am amazed at an MP using it as it is very basic and aimed at 8 year olds.

IanPJ said...

Have just noticed that David Drew is also a member of the Cooperative Party.

According to their wikipedia entry, As a result of the electoral agreement with the Labour Party, "Labour Co-operative” candidates receive financial help with election expenses from the Co-operative Party.

Is dual election funding legal?

Anonymous said...

"Despite becoming MP 8 years ago, he has remained a town councillor" so he has his snout in the trough twice. But as for his website, well he can't help being an ugly sod!

Jeremy Jacobs said...


Great comment. Couldn't agree more.