Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Clive Efford - MP for Eltham and Greenwich and Woolwich?

Where exactly is Nick Raynsford MP? That's the question we've been asking ourselves since we saw the front page of this week's News Shopper. The paper reports on the death of man in Woolwich during a police arrest and carries an inset and quote from the MP for Eltham, Clive Efford?

Why is Efford sticking is nose into business outside his own constituency we wonder? It's not as if he has a remit on matters of law and order or criminal justice. Besides being a backbench MP the only other position he holds is the Transport Select Committee.

Our initial thought was that he might be filling in for Raynsford, so we called Greenwich & Woolwich Labour Party (yes that was us), and asked whether Raynsford was ill. Apparently he's not, in fact he's a "hard working MP". What was interesting is that they knew nothing about Efford and the News Shopper story.

So what does all this mean? Well, given the comments here, perhaps Efford is looking to his post-Parliamentary future already? It's an open secret that there is little love loss between Eltham and Greenwich Labour parties, we imagine there will be some angry phone calls between some of them tonight.

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Anonymous John said...

If the Greenwich and Eltham Labour Parties hate each other so much is Raynsford going to start cropping up in Eltham then?

Perhaps neither of them know where their own boundaries lie?

4:55 pm  
Anonymous andrew said...

Hah! I had wondered this myself the other day. He clearly can't be that interested in being an MP after the next General Election. His extra-curricular activities must be paying too well.

9:18 am  
Anonymous Paul Webbewood said...

According to the Times on 25th July, Nick Raynsford has registered five jobs outside Parliament since he left the Government last year. Perhaps he was busy with one of them when the News Shopper called.

I can't remember where the actual boundary is, but at present Eltham constituency extends surprisingly close to Woolwich Town Centre.

9:42 am  
Anonymous rotter said...

Eltham ends in the middle of Woolwich Common ward, a good half mile from the town centre whichever way you look at it. Unless Clive Efford is trying to pre-empt the new boundaries for a seat he does not yet and may not get to hold.

8:42 pm  

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