Campaign to 'save' Bury Hospice is politically motivated, claims MP

Campaign to 'save' Bury Hospice is politically motivated, claims MP

Campaign to 'save' Bury Hospice is politically motivated, claims MP

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BURY’S council leader has slammed one of the town’s MPs for failing to capitalise on a chance to highlight a campaign to “save” Bury Hospice.

Labour leader Cllr Mike Connolly criticised Conservative Bury North MP David Nuttall for not taking up the campaign in Parliament.

However, Mr Nuttall labelled the Save Bury Hospice campaign as a “politically motivated Labour Party creation” after it was set up by Cllr James Frith who will challenge the MP for his seat in 2015.

Mr Nuttall spoke during Prime Ministers Questions on July 9, and asked David Cameron whether he still agreed with a comment he made in 2002 about the European arrest warrant.

The European Union- wide scheme means that countries can be compelled to arrest and extradite a criminal and hand them over to another member state to face justice.

However, in answering a public question at last week’s council meeting at Bury Town Hall about the hospice, Cllr Connolly hit out at Mr Nuttall for not mentioning the hospice story.

He said: “He had an opportunity. He should have been asking a question about saving Bury Hospice, instead he choose to ask a question about the European arrest warrant.

"That seems to be the attitude of the Tories.”

Mr Nuttall said: “Whatever I ask in Parliament, local Labour councillors and Labour Party members will criticise, it is only to be expected.

"I attended the Bury Hospice Party in the Park and there was no stall saying they had a ‘cash crisis’.

“Bury Hospice does absolutely excellent work and I, like thousands of other in Bury, have personally made a number of donations to the hospice over the years.”

Cllr Connolly also claimed that a request to meet with the health secretary Jeremy Hunt to discuss the issue had been refused.

The Bury Times revealed how the hospice is experiencing a funding crisis, due to a combination of a lack of donations and financial constraints from Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The CCG provides about 10 per cent of the hospice’s funding, but says it is unlikely to be able to plug the gap because of its own funding crisis, prompted by what it claims a sits own longstanding underfunding.

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8:52pm Fri 18 Jul 14

carlchrystan says...

Probably politically motivated, but who gives a toss if it helps to bring more funding? When they finally find a cure for cancer, it will probably only be because someone will further their career or make a packet as a result. Means to an end?
Probably politically motivated, but who gives a toss if it helps to bring more funding? When they finally find a cure for cancer, it will probably only be because someone will further their career or make a packet as a result. Means to an end? carlchrystan
  • Score: 7

11:18pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Babbar Divino says...

Both sides are playing politics all the time....pathetic
Both sides are playing politics all the time....pathetic Babbar Divino
  • Score: 8

2:11pm Sun 20 Jul 14

dominoman says...

This guy is pathetic, why doesn't he get involved then in fund raising instead of sniping from the side lines. he must be the worst MP Bury have ever had by a country mile. Seems only interested in bringing back smoking in pubs & hunting with dogs.

The next election can't come round soon enough.
This guy is pathetic, why doesn't he get involved then in fund raising instead of sniping from the side lines. he must be the worst MP Bury have ever had by a country mile. Seems only interested in bringing back smoking in pubs & hunting with dogs. The next election can't come round soon enough. dominoman
  • Score: 8

4:23pm Sun 20 Jul 14

6ef6a424@opayq.com says...

Just what we need, the NuLoonies back. Unrestricted imigration another
financial meltdown, taxed to the eyballs, is dominoman serious?
Just what we need, the NuLoonies back. Unrestricted imigration another financial meltdown, taxed to the eyballs, is dominoman serious? 6ef6a424@opayq.com
  • Score: 0

6:17pm Sun 20 Jul 14

dominoman says...

6ef6a424@opayq.com wrote:
Just what we need, the NuLoonies back. Unrestricted imigration another
financial meltdown, taxed to the eyballs, is dominoman serious?
What? about the upcoming election. Certainly am. Are you defending the bedroom tax, folk losing their benefits through going to funerals & hospital appointments.

The sooner we get these tory scumbags out the better.
[quote][p][bold]6ef6a424@opayq.com[/bold] wrote: Just what we need, the NuLoonies back. Unrestricted imigration another financial meltdown, taxed to the eyballs, is dominoman serious?[/p][/quote]What? about the upcoming election. Certainly am. Are you defending the bedroom tax, folk losing their benefits through going to funerals & hospital appointments. The sooner we get these tory scumbags out the better. dominoman
  • Score: 2

7:47pm Sun 20 Jul 14

6ef6a424@opayq.com says...

dominoman I think your last comment just about says it all.
I don't think you are remotely interested in the people who have o pay for your "benefits"
Personally this year I made it to 72 and have decided to retire after 57 years work and guess what I'm still paying Tax. I am also trying to help my daughter and grandaughter buy a house and guess what again -- they didn't ask me how many bedrooms we want! We can have as many as we like, --
There is however a downside to this of course -- We have to pay for them.
Like all benefits, sombody else has to pay. So maybe the people you call scumbags have a purpose after all!!
dominoman I think your last comment just about says it all. I don't think you are remotely interested in the people who have o pay for your "benefits" Personally this year I made it to 72 and have decided to retire after 57 years work and guess what I'm still paying Tax. I am also trying to help my daughter and grandaughter buy a house and guess what again -- they didn't ask me how many bedrooms we want! We can have as many as we like, -- There is however a downside to this of course -- We have to pay for them. Like all benefits, sombody else has to pay. So maybe the people you call scumbags have a purpose after all!! 6ef6a424@opayq.com
  • Score: 1

10:22pm Sun 20 Jul 14

dominoman says...

I'm not on any benefits & I have never claimed any in my life. I am now retired after working for 44 1/2 years & paid full tax for all that time.

I see the tories as a party that give tax cuts to the rich & stick two fingers up to the working class & unemployed. I believe in sharing things out fairly.

I read lately that we have more food banks than ever & more billionaires than ever before. I think that tells us something about the tories.
I'm not on any benefits & I have never claimed any in my life. I am now retired after working for 44 1/2 years & paid full tax for all that time. I see the tories as a party that give tax cuts to the rich & stick two fingers up to the working class & unemployed. I believe in sharing things out fairly. I read lately that we have more food banks than ever & more billionaires than ever before. I think that tells us something about the tories. dominoman
  • Score: 3

7:41am Mon 21 Jul 14

6ef6a424@opayq.com says...

dominoman,
This sounds just like more NL propaganda. Not sure I want to return to the nightmare of 1970 and all that again. This week after a long time I finally gave up with the co-op Bank. A fine institution brought to its knees by incompetence and greed, all you need to know about socialism is there for all to see. Also Socialist Council Leaders on vast salary's should refrain from comments about Charity. It doesn't sound great.
Regarding the hated tories: Mr Cameron seems more interested in gay marriage than the interests of the indigenous population of this country. He has not attempted to correct the problems of the disastrous Blair Brown years. He too is guilty!!I It's time for a Big Change in Politics!
Strange I don't remember any food banks my Mum could drive to in 1944. Rationing wasn't an option then.
dominoman, This sounds just like more NL propaganda. Not sure I want to return to the nightmare of 1970 and all that again. This week after a long time I finally gave up with the co-op Bank. A fine institution brought to its knees by incompetence and greed, all you need to know about socialism is there for all to see. Also Socialist Council Leaders on vast salary's should refrain from comments about Charity. It doesn't sound great. Regarding the hated tories: Mr Cameron seems more interested in gay marriage than the interests of the indigenous population of this country. He has not attempted to correct the problems of the disastrous Blair Brown years. He too is guilty!!I It's time for a Big Change in Politics! Strange I don't remember any food banks my Mum could drive to in 1944. Rationing wasn't an option then. 6ef6a424@opayq.com
  • Score: -1

10:54am Mon 21 Jul 14

dominoman says...

Nightmare of 1970, not sure where you are coming from with that one. Heath won the election for the tories. regarding 1944 everything was being shared out (more or less) which is what I suggested should happen now, tax wise.

All governments run out of steam eventually. I can just remember back to the 1964 election when labour just won after all the tory scandals. Then again in 1979 & 1997 when both parties had plenty of in-fighting.

Don't forget that with all labour's problems in 2010 the tories couldn't win the election & have had to rely on the lib dems to prop them up ever since.

Going back to the original story line, Mr Nuttall should be fighting for the hospice. He needs to be seen doing something for the voters, rather than turning it into a political squabble.
Nightmare of 1970, not sure where you are coming from with that one. Heath won the election for the tories. regarding 1944 everything was being shared out (more or less) which is what I suggested should happen now, tax wise. All governments run out of steam eventually. I can just remember back to the 1964 election when labour just won after all the tory scandals. Then again in 1979 & 1997 when both parties had plenty of in-fighting. Don't forget that with all labour's problems in 2010 the tories couldn't win the election & have had to rely on the lib dems to prop them up ever since. Going back to the original story line, Mr Nuttall should be fighting for the hospice. He needs to be seen doing something for the voters, rather than turning it into a political squabble. dominoman
  • Score: 2

3:35pm Tue 22 Jul 14

6ef6a424@opayq.com says...

There seems to be a lot of people who live in this type of "Tribal Vacuum" whether its United or City or Labour or Conservative doesn't appear to matter. Your side is never wrong and the other side is always wrong. For example the owner of City is an Arab who probably doesn't speak english but hey, no problem.
Socialist have a desperate need to help people whether they want it or not, if they don't exist, well bring them in. If neccessary dumb down the schools , redefine Poverty, no problem! As long as we can take money off somebody else and give it to them it's ok, and it makes us feel better.
It is possible o change sides, ask John "Lord of Hull" Prescott, but never admit it!
The other side is probably not much better! However while all this is going on we are being taken over by another culture altogether who have absolutely no interest in any of this. So beware whist all this squabbling is going on, it might be iirrelevant soon!
There seems to be a lot of people who live in this type of "Tribal Vacuum" whether its United or City or Labour or Conservative doesn't appear to matter. Your side is never wrong and the other side is always wrong. For example the owner of City is an Arab who probably doesn't speak english but hey, no problem. Socialist have a desperate need to help people whether they want it or not, if they don't exist, well bring them in. If neccessary dumb down the schools , redefine Poverty, no problem! As long as we can take money off somebody else and give it to them it's ok, and it makes us feel better. It is possible o change sides, ask John "Lord of Hull" Prescott, but never admit it! The other side is probably not much better! However while all this is going on we are being taken over by another culture altogether who have absolutely no interest in any of this. So beware whist all this squabbling is going on, it might be iirrelevant soon! 6ef6a424@opayq.com
  • Score: 0

8:37pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Yellow Hackle says...

6ef6a424@opayq.com dominoman

Both of you are just as bad as the politicians, both of you are arguing the point about politics Stop. Get your hand in your pockets and give NOT blame one another, Fund raise, complain to your council, write to your MP.
But do something other than call one another.
6ef6a424@opayq.com dominoman Both of you are just as bad as the politicians, both of you are arguing the point about politics Stop. Get your hand in your pockets and give NOT blame one another, Fund raise, complain to your council, write to your MP. But do something other than call one another. Yellow Hackle
  • Score: 0

4:52pm Fri 25 Jul 14

6ef6a424@opayq.com says...

Yellow Hackle I love your optimism! You could write to your MP (At least this ones not in Nick) Don't fancy your chances there as we are still up to our eyeballs in Gordon's Dept. Maybe the council might help, the Leader might donate a few quid. Socialists, if they get the chance might raise a bit by raiding our pensions(Again). Tax the rich or anybody who works. Your best chance is a Charity Shop on the Rock, bit of competition there though.
Us scumbags don't have much to give these days as every possible method of robbing us has been tried. I'm sure Ed might come up with something just to tied them over though.
Yellow Hackle I love your optimism! You could write to your MP (At least this ones not in Nick) Don't fancy your chances there as we are still up to our eyeballs in Gordon's Dept. Maybe the council might help, the Leader might donate a few quid. Socialists, if they get the chance might raise a bit by raiding our pensions(Again). Tax the rich or anybody who works. Your best chance is a Charity Shop on the Rock, bit of competition there though. Us scumbags don't have much to give these days as every possible method of robbing us has been tried. I'm sure Ed might come up with something just to tied them over though. 6ef6a424@opayq.com
  • Score: 0

12:19pm Thu 31 Jul 14

6ef6a424@opayq.com says...

Didn't take long. As we speak a new scam(Sorry Tax) has been proposed! A 10% Death Tax. Special attention to this was given by Andy Burnham of North Staffs Fame. I have to admit though NLs have suddenly realised the difference between a tax and benefit given to those who are lucky enough to have large houses with a spare bedrooms. Is this the answer to the funding problem or will it end up in wages just like Blairs 10% hike on National Insurance. Time will tell.
Didn't take long. As we speak a new scam(Sorry Tax) has been proposed! A 10% Death Tax. Special attention to this was given by Andy Burnham of North Staffs Fame. I have to admit though NLs have suddenly realised the difference between a tax and benefit given to those who are lucky enough to have large houses with a spare bedrooms. Is this the answer to the funding problem or will it end up in wages just like Blairs 10% hike on National Insurance. Time will tell. 6ef6a424@opayq.com
  • Score: 0

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