David Ellesmere George Osborne Tory Bashing as Labour Local Elections Campaign

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    David Ellesmere – Ipswich Borough Council leader – has gone on record in the Ipswich Star criticising central government as part of the Suffolk Labour campaign for the local elections…. he just can’t hold back his opinions with unprofessional rants of his hate for Conservatives!!!

    The article reads…

    How can George Osborne hold down another job?
    PUBLISHED: 19:00 19 March 2017  David Ellesmere

    Two weeks ago, Chancellor Philip Hammond noted that this was his last Spring Budget as from now on budgets would be in autumn, writes Ipswich Borough Council leader David Ellesmere.

    He also joked that the last Chancellor to try and do this was sacked within weeks.

    That probably doesn’t seem quite so funny now given the almighty mess-up he has made of his first Budget.

    There is now a £2 billion hole in the Government’s finances following the humiliating u-turn over National Insurance Contributions.

    The increase in NICs was clearly a breach of a promise made in the Conservative election manifesto.

    Twenty-seven supposedly intelligent ministers – who all stood on this manifesto less than two years ago – attend Cabinet meetings, but not one of them recognised this when the Budget was presented to them.

    These are the people who are going to be negotiating Brexit on our behalf.

    On the same theme, David Davis, the minister responsible for negotiating Brexit last week admitted that when Theresa May said: “no deal is better than a bad deal”, this was on the basis of no evidence whatsoever.

    The Government hasn’t bothered to do an analysis of the impact of coming out of Europe without a deal. It could be OK. It could be very bad. They just don’t know.

    But that is their fallback position if they mess up the Brexit negotiations.

    You’d be forgiven for thinking that they are just making this up as they go along.

    It’s not as if Conservative MPs are devoting all their time to the biggest issue facing our country.

    Look at George Osborne, who has just announced his sixth job.

    He will now edit the London Evening Standard for four days a week – salary unknown, experience nil.

    This is on top of his £650,000 job for an investment firm plus his £800,000-a-year speaking engagements, lecturing at the University of Arizona and chairing the “Northern Powerhouse Partnership”.

    Oh, and he’s also an MP getting paid £75,000 each year by you and me.

    There’s no way he can do all these jobs and represent his constituents properly.

    He should resign as an MP now.

    It stinks of political jealousy and hypocrisy.   Not to forget narrow-mindedness – did Ellesmere really think this was an intelligent Tory bash to get Ipswich people to vote Labour in May? It used to work when Labour was credible…  The lies of being able to work with Conservative SCC and Tory MP Ben Gummer to do good for the town is short-lived as David throws his dummy out of the pram.. could it not wait several weeks?

    Why do I say this? David Ellesmere is sitting on a big scandal at Ipswich Borough Council, he is running the borough into the ground with overspend on liabilities – which he is content with as won’t be his problem by the time the sh!t hits the fan (this not the scandal), he is more bothered about getting his dim views across than doing something great for the town and when he stood for parliamentary elections the majority voted AGAINST him. The people can see through him. Perhaps he should resign as a councillor?

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    Sorry cant tory bash because of one greedy man, and labour has their share.

    The local elections are coming, and labour will never get my vote, labour is anti working class, anti white and anti british,my opinion.

    I have only ever been able to make gains under tory government,and I am just a working man,now retired.

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    David Ellesmere has already got the backs up of many in Ipswich…

    Why is this paper allowing a labour politician to write about an opposition MP and the party. Whatever your views that’s wrong and not impartial. Oh and this is a local paper for Suffolk so why write a piece of news on a Cheshire MP that has nothing to do with Suffolk. Totally irrelevant and utter hypocrisy as I can’t see the response from the talked about Cheshire MP. mr_tall

    My thoughts exactly – any criticism/political bashing should be against other local candidates… not national MPs. As a borough councillor I don’t think he should have got involved in the county local elections, but this is how it works.

    It just shows his true colours how he is desperate to become an MP and frustrated that some Tories have managed to make a great deal of success out of it. He will know too well that how the law works is not about effort, time or results but the power of people voting for you. If you have the public vote and get elected you can do next to nothing.

    George seems to be making a lot of money… but why shouldn’t he? It always made me wonder politicians whom hold big jobs get standard salary plus a little on top… when in the private sector a top-ranking executive would be raking it in for other duties… remunerations for being a board member for an hour or so work reach month,  after-dinner speeches etc. What David seems to forget is if the private sector wants to spend tens of thousands to get George speaking at an after-dinner event, its their money, and their choice. It wouldn’t happen if people didn’t enjoy hearing it.

    Like the councillor that moved away to america… he gets the remuneration because people voted him in. No national politician thought it is a good idea to prevent that abuse (I suppose would end any holiday during the 9 months they aren’t on break). ex-Labour MP Tony Blair seems to do well. What Ellesmere is frustrated at is councillors are poorly paid, MPs are handsomely paid. I think David gets a fair payment considering his track record.

    Whilst I do question whether it is right for any politician to take on such a high profile position I agree with mr_tall. Mr Ellesmere is supposedly leader of IBC, if he is doing that job properly [looking at the state of Ipswich as a town that is questionable!] he doesn’t have time to write articles for newspapers. Gross hypocrisy, the man should resign immediately. TREBOR60

    The Tory bashings seems to have made at least another person question whether David Ellesmere is the right man (person) for the job. I am sure as the day goes on more comments will come in… the majority against such article.

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    I wrote to David Ellesmere in November on the day the Orwell Bridge was closed with all the traffic mayhem. On further correspondence I had made reference to such letter and he had confirmed he received them all by subject title. He just isn’t replying to them. A bit cheeky using Government monies to confirm receipt of a letter he has no intention of responding to. Getting close to 4 months now and he is still sitting on the fence.

    I thought he would have responded with a clever statement not supporting or disapproving either – perhaps making reference to the Northern Route study. I am also waiting on letters regarding the High Street Ipswich Museum campus and subsequent I-AM Trust dissolution.

    This is everything… a local council leader councillor who is more interested in an rival political party attack on a national MP rather than important local issues. He must be aware at the vast majority of people now shouting calling for a Northern Bypass. He must also be aware how very few loved the Upper Orwell Crossings and Cornhill Redevelopment designs!

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    you really have to question why the IPSWICH Star felt in any way it was appropriate to publish that.

    I'm really quite cross now, so watch out!

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    The Ipswich Star just needs content. Very few news stories recently. I was expecting non-stop political nonsense which doesn’t appear to be the case.

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    I can make some content suggestions for them;

    Double page spread, Campaign for Ipswich Bypass, how are we getting on,

    Double Page Spread, What the people of Ipswich really think of the Gummer Bridge proposals, with vox pop from those on the street and comments from their own website and social media streams,

    Ditto, Cornhill proposals, Mr Geater can spend a morning on the Cornhill showing people the pictures a getting their reaction to it,

    Ditto, travel Ipswich. Where are we now, what’s finished, what’s not, what’s working and what’s not, including a detailed account of how the traffic light system is or is not working, and how the real time bus info is or is not working

    Ditto, Sailmakers. Where are we now after all the talk of retailers queuing up to get in, who actually did go in, how many empty units are there, and what are the plans to fill them

    Ditto, Buttermarket Centre, how are the restaurants trading, who were we told was going in and then didn’t, update on opening of the Cinema. An investigation into how come the area around it is full of private cars parking in a pedestrianised area.

    Northern fringe update with some actual plans of the areas that have now got consent, the areas that have not and the likely timescale for consents and construction.

    Ben Gummer’s 6 point plan for Ipswich, how’s he getting on.

     

    Of course all the above involve a bit of investigative journalism, a degree of sticking your neck out, and a bit of listening to and acknowledging that their readers’ opinions are valid

     

     

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    I'm really quite cross now, so watch out!

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    More Ipswich Star comments…

    Appalling as this is, it’s put in the shade by his taking a very highly-paid (and VERY part-time) job with BlackRock, a financial services company which made a killing out of his (at the time) inexplicable decision to let people take the money out of their pension pots to do with as they wanted. And now we know why he did it. beerlover

    This angers me about the current system – you cannot be bribed or accept bribes but you are allowed to take on well paid jobs in the future of companies that have benefited from your decisions. Even an advisory board role. If the accusations against Ben Gummer are anything more than hot air… his resignation of directorship and shareholding sees him without a conflict of interest in Ipswich Wet Dock land, yet after the deal is done he will rejoin the company as shareholder and director?

    and this has what to do with Ipswich? M Prime

    Nothing to do with Ipswich. After doing some digging… Jeremy Corbyn had criticised the job with Evening Standard as a “joke”. David Ellesmere has gone on record saying Jeremy Corbyn should quit in the past being against his leadership.

    Ipswich labour leader calls for Jeremy Corbyn to stand down

    This was July 2016. 8 months? David Ellesmere has now changed his tune. Why the sudden change of heart? Seems as it is local elections time he needs to sweet talk his way around what is left of the Labour Party.

    At the time this comment was made…

    I agree but you should also stand down Mr Ellsemere , you lost an election but walked straight back into the top job at IBC .. Gummer has far too much power in this town and we need a strong opposition leader to stand up against him . Yes you run the council but badly in my eyes .The farcical Ravenswood ,! .. time for you to do the honourable thing too and resign . Ipswich needs fresh leaders to move us forward , a fresh approach not the same guys who have been in power for far too long. deeber

    Amen.

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    More comments…

    And Labour MPs never ever have had second jobs Mr Elsewhere? And what about Ken Livingstone’s NIC advoidance company, through which he puts all his fees from his ‘extramural’ activities, thereby avoiding full NICs and the higher rate of income tax? Typical leftie hypocrisy  Gobby

    Some differing views…

    This is important stuff because Gideon has 6 jobs including full time MP on a really good wage paid for by taxpayers, and full time editor of a newspaper that will be commenting on the Government he’s part of! He’s also an advisor to a financial firm whilst sitting on a number of select committees directly related to the work Blackrock undertake. It beggars belief but it’s no wonder he wants to stay an MP. And whilst we currently we have huge numbers of complaints about the lack of an effective opposition, when an opposition politician does voice what I consider to be a quite legitimate concern, people tell him to mind his own business! paul e.

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    Paul Geater appears to be back supporting Labour…

    http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/one_job_george_osborne_is_not_getting_ed_balls_rules_him_out_of_norwich_city_manager_race_1_4941440

    A pointless stub article. If you cannot turn a 5 second comment into a full page news article then don’t bother!

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