Thursday, October 28, 2004

Make your own minds up

Bloggerheads' Tim Ireland emails to alert us to the fact that Caroline Nokes' blog is still in the Yahoo cache, allowing us to compare the two contentious blog posts.

A little snippet from Caroline on 19th October:
Later on in the afternoon I attended a meeting at the County Council to discuss the South East Regional Plan. It is very disappointing that when the leader of the County Council invited the Lib Dem MPs for the area to attend a similar briefing they declined.

I think in all honesty they can have no idea of the potentially devastating impact of regional planning on Hampshire. Their policy calls for spatial planning to be done at a regional level, and it is that regional dimension that is demanding either a 20% or 40% increase in the rate of house building in Hampshire. That will see possibly 600,000 more homes in the County - how can anyone think that is either appropriate or sustainable?
SG responded the same day:
Recently she made a snippy little comment that "It is very disappointing that when the leader of the County Council invited the Lib Dem MPs for the area to attend a similar briefing they declined."

Um actually she should get her facts right. An invitation went out at relatively short notice and most of us had constituency engagements which we were reluctant to turn down. The meeting was an all party one and was cancelled because of general "lack of interest". As the vast majority of Hampshire MPs are Tory I really don't think my opponent is in any position to take the moral high ground.

She has also completely overlooked the fact that MPs have numerous sources of information at their disposal and not just the County Council.

In future any such silly and ill-informed comments will be robustly challenged.
Handbags at dawn?

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