Shipley MP hits back at group's 'unbalanced' take on his views

The poster

The poster

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Shipley MP Philip Davies has been included on a poster campaign featuring six MPs who are accused of “failing our democracy”.

Campaign group Power2010 claims Mr Davies is blocking democratic reform and attacking civil liberties.

The group ran a campaign from September to November last year asking the public to identify five key reforms to change the way we do politics in Britain.

More than 4,500 submissions were made and 100,000 people voted and came up with this ‘wish list’: l Introduce a proportionate voting system l Scrap ID cards and roll back the database state l Replace the House of Lords with an elected chamber l Allow only English MPs to vote on English laws l Draw up a written constitution Now, the group has started a “wanted” poster campaign which includes a picture of Mr Davies.

But last night the MP criticised the poster saying the group must make clear his views on each of the given subjects to ensure the information was not misleading.

He said: “On proportionate voting I am totally against that as are many Tory and Labour MPs. I am in favour of keeping the Lords as it is, as are most MPs and I do not believe in a written constitution.

“However, I am totally opposed to ID cards and people would struggle to find an MP who is more against it than I am.

“There are two issues here with the ID cards and the database set. I am in favour of a DNA database but that is not the same as an ID card.

“I fiercely believe only English MPs should vote on English laws. I am not ashamed of my views and I am always happy to tell my constituents and anyone who wants to know what I think of any subject.

“It is misleading not to put on the poster which issues I am for or against. They should make it clear and honest. If they contacted me I could tell them more issues, including crime and immigration and I would be happy for them to include all my thoughts on any poster for my benefit.

“I have no complaints about them including things that are correct, but they must be clear on my views on ID cards and English voting.”

Despite choosing six MPs for its campaign the group claims there are “many like them”.

The group’s website says: “The MPs were among the many names suggested by Power2010 supporters, and all stand accused of blocking democratic reform or supporting attack on civil liberties. We will be launching concerted campaigns in each of their constituencies to draw attention to their records.

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12:11pm Tue 23 Mar 10

tjm5 says...

I really hope that MP's and councillors alike read this comment because what I have to say may be a little bit on the extreme side! I am a lifelong supporter of politics and the right to vote in general and find I have views that would match both right and left wings politics. However as the years have gone on I find myself being able to distinguish less and less between the two. We all know that politicians in general and councillors are by their very nature corrupt and are out to skim as much as they possibly can off the top, this has been happening as long as there have been politicians to vote for a perk they might say. However a distinction I feel I need to draw from then to now is that at least these people in the past have attempted to make life better for us in some way have given something back to allow us at least to believe they are listening to the majority of the population. I can't say that now I haven't been able to say that for some years. Here are the points that have bugged me most. 1) Allowing murderers, rapists, paedophiles, and terrorists to have human rights even above the rights of the victims of the crimes they commit because of the pathetic human rights act of Europe. As far as I am concerned human rights are given up the second the protagonists of crime choose to ignore them to commit crime. 2) No consequences for those who commit anti social behaviour. People are living in fear of this and nothing is being done. Police dont take it seriously in fact they see it as a waste of time, politicians and councillors talking tough then saying actually our prisons are over crowded so we will just slap you on the wrist and send you home to think about it, only for them to be out on the streets the same night doing it again. Also telling the younger ones who do this to expect the parents (who only had those kids to get a council house in the first place) to care enough to do something about them. Newsflash those in power they can't be bothered cutting into their special brew and weed time to care. 3) Those who can work continually scamming the state so they don't have to and again a government who talk tough but don't ever really do anything. I was unemployed for 7 months and the first chance I got to go back to work I did even though it was considerably less money than I was on before because thats how I was brought up. 4) Letting everyone and anyone in without a thought of the consequences and problems it brings. Language barriers, extra strains on councils and nhs services. I say either put plans in place to cope with the extra demand or stop them coming over. Elementary education for you here but we are an island and eventually space will run out and we don't want to live in a concreate jungle thank you. Here is my proposal we have to vote for the more radical parties in order that they can secure councils and maybe even an MP. Why you might ask? Simple until we scare the establishment they will not listen to us because they feel whatever they do short of commiting murder they will get away with it because we don't have the guts or inclination to vote that way. Its time for those stuck in the middle of all this (i.e. ourselves) to send a clear message to the establishment either you change or we will bring another party to the fore ground and vote for them instead. Lets have more listening to the everyday persons and less pandering to the poorest, or minorities, or Europe etc etc...
I really hope that MP's and councillors alike read this comment because what I have to say may be a little bit on the extreme side! I am a lifelong supporter of politics and the right to vote in general and find I have views that would match both right and left wings politics. However as the years have gone on I find myself being able to distinguish less and less between the two. We all know that politicians in general and councillors are by their very nature corrupt and are out to skim as much as they possibly can off the top, this has been happening as long as there have been politicians to vote for a perk they might say. However a distinction I feel I need to draw from then to now is that at least these people in the past have attempted to make life better for us in some way have given something back to allow us at least to believe they are listening to the majority of the population. I can't say that now I haven't been able to say that for some years. Here are the points that have bugged me most. 1) Allowing murderers, rapists, paedophiles, and terrorists to have human rights even above the rights of the victims of the crimes they commit because of the pathetic human rights act of Europe. As far as I am concerned human rights are given up the second the protagonists of crime choose to ignore them to commit crime. 2) No consequences for those who commit anti social behaviour. People are living in fear of this and nothing is being done. Police dont take it seriously in fact they see it as a waste of time, politicians and councillors talking tough then saying actually our prisons are over crowded so we will just slap you on the wrist and send you home to think about it, only for them to be out on the streets the same night doing it again. Also telling the younger ones who do this to expect the parents (who only had those kids to get a council house in the first place) to care enough to do something about them. Newsflash those in power they can't be bothered cutting into their special brew and weed time to care. 3) Those who can work continually scamming the state so they don't have to and again a government who talk tough but don't ever really do anything. I was unemployed for 7 months and the first chance I got to go back to work I did even though it was considerably less money than I was on before because thats how I was brought up. 4) Letting everyone and anyone in without a thought of the consequences and problems it brings. Language barriers, extra strains on councils and nhs services. I say either put plans in place to cope with the extra demand or stop them coming over. Elementary education for you here but we are an island and eventually space will run out and we don't want to live in a concreate jungle thank you. Here is my proposal we have to vote for the more radical parties in order that they can secure councils and maybe even an MP. Why you might ask? Simple until we scare the establishment they will not listen to us because they feel whatever they do short of commiting murder they will get away with it because we don't have the guts or inclination to vote that way. Its time for those stuck in the middle of all this (i.e. ourselves) to send a clear message to the establishment either you change or we will bring another party to the fore ground and vote for them instead. Lets have more listening to the everyday persons and less pandering to the poorest, or minorities, or Europe etc etc... tjm5
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9:20am Fri 26 Mar 10

enviroMENTAL says...

I agree with Mr Davies have critisise him for his actual views; you'll find there is plenty to keep you going. A Tory not wanting proportional representation andwanting to keep an un-elected House of Lords - what a surprise!
I agree with Mr Davies have critisise him for his actual views; you'll find there is plenty to keep you going. A Tory not wanting proportional representation andwanting to keep an un-elected House of Lords - what a surprise! enviroMENTAL
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