Figures reveal cost of MP Neil Carmichael's office move

MP Neil Carmichael at the opening of his constituency office in Nailsworth. Pictured with Nailsworth mayor Myles Robinson

MP Neil Carmichael at the opening of his constituency office in Nailsworth. Pictured with Nailsworth mayor Myles Robinson

First published in News Stroud News and Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

STROUD MP Neil Carmichael claimed £3,443 towards the cost of moving his constituency office, new figures show.

The Tory MP moved his base of operations from London Road, Stroud, to Bridge Street, Nailsworth, in July last year as part of a plan to rotate his office around the different parts of the Stroud constituency.

According to the latest information released by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Mr Carmichael claimed £360 for removal costs while £983 was spent on decorating the new office.

Claims also include £913 for a new telephone system, £500 for new office signage, £120 on redirecting mail and £75 for furniture.

Mr Carmichael said: “In the long run it is cheaper because it is lower rent. A lot of the expenses were unavoidable such as fees.

“It is important to demonstrate commitment to all of my constituents by moving my office around.”

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1:38pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Nimue Brown says...

While everybody else has to tighten their belts and make do with less, it seems very hard to explain this use of public money, much less justify it.
While everybody else has to tighten their belts and make do with less, it seems very hard to explain this use of public money, much less justify it. Nimue Brown
  • Score: 2

3:32pm Wed 15 Jan 14

GlawsStudent92 says...

What a monumental waste of public money - added to his Antarctica trip, costs for which are still unknown.

He claims that this will save money in the long run with lower rent - how long is he planning to be MP for that this will make a saving of £3k+, or how much was the rent at his old Stroud premises? And what about the cost to constituents to get to Nailsworth rather than Stroud (2 buses from Stonehouse etc)? He only seems to hold surgeries at his Nailsworth office or in the pub...
What a monumental waste of public money - added to his Antarctica trip, costs for which are still unknown. He claims that this will save money in the long run with lower rent - how long is he planning to be MP for that this will make a saving of £3k+, or how much was the rent at his old Stroud premises? And what about the cost to constituents to get to Nailsworth rather than Stroud (2 buses from Stonehouse etc)? He only seems to hold surgeries at his Nailsworth office or in the pub... GlawsStudent92
  • Score: 5

9:22am Thu 16 Jan 14

paganhillpete says...

He needs to declare when he will next be rotating his office, and to where, and the proposed cost. Neil's slogan for the 2015 election - vote for me and I'll move to Dursley! Or perhaps the toilet at the Star in Whiteshill?
He needs to declare when he will next be rotating his office, and to where, and the proposed cost. Neil's slogan for the 2015 election - vote for me and I'll move to Dursley! Or perhaps the toilet at the Star in Whiteshill? paganhillpete
  • Score: 1

10:40am Thu 16 Jan 14

dimreepr says...

I wonder if it was embarrassment or hypocrisy that prompted him to denounce the recent pay rise?
Who am I kidding we all know the answer to that.
I wonder if it was embarrassment or hypocrisy that prompted him to denounce the recent pay rise? Who am I kidding we all know the answer to that. dimreepr
  • Score: 1

5:10pm Thu 16 Jan 14

kjag23 says...

Neil must know how unpopular he is already, so why does he do things like this?
Neil must know how unpopular he is already, so why does he do things like this? kjag23
  • Score: 0

5:48pm Thu 16 Jan 14

dimreepr says...

kjag23 wrote:
Neil must know how unpopular he is already, so why does he do things like this?
Cognitive dissonance has remarkable self effusing, potential.
[quote][p][bold]kjag23[/bold] wrote: Neil must know how unpopular he is already, so why does he do things like this?[/p][/quote]Cognitive dissonance has remarkable self effusing, potential. dimreepr
  • Score: -1

11:34pm Thu 16 Jan 14

kjag23 says...

I too own a dictionary.
I too own a dictionary. kjag23
  • Score: 1

7:42am Fri 17 Jan 14

dimreepr says...

Remarkable, does this critique make you the antipode to the grammar/spelling police. Or maybe you could use it to re-phrase my answer to create the required verbosity.
Remarkable, does this critique make you the antipode to the grammar/spelling police. Or maybe you could use it to re-phrase my answer to create the required verbosity. dimreepr
  • Score: 0

10:53am Fri 17 Jan 14

kjag23 says...

Dim you're always getting into arguments here.
Perhaps it's time to lighten up, or maybe get a hobby.
Dim you're always getting into arguments here. Perhaps it's time to lighten up, or maybe get a hobby. kjag23
  • Score: 0

11:03am Fri 17 Jan 14

dimreepr says...

I was merely answering your question and was attacked for using the English language; defending myself and using our mother tongue is no grounds for criticism. I can assure you I am perfectly content and commenting here is just part of a wider hobby, but thanks for your concern.
I was merely answering your question and was attacked for using the English language; defending myself and using our mother tongue is no grounds for criticism. I can assure you I am perfectly content and commenting here is just part of a wider hobby, but thanks for your concern. dimreepr
  • Score: 2

11:18am Fri 17 Jan 14

A Stroud Worm says...

Your wider hobby being?
Your wider hobby being? A Stroud Worm
  • Score: 1

11:25am Fri 17 Jan 14

dimreepr says...

I enjoy debating, so I've joined several forums such as SFN (Science Forum. Net) and similar, I'm also a member of a debating society. I comment here because I live locally and take an interest.
I enjoy debating, so I've joined several forums such as SFN (Science Forum. Net) and similar, I'm also a member of a debating society. I comment here because I live locally and take an interest. dimreepr
  • Score: 4

2:06pm Fri 17 Jan 14

BigBoy22 says...

kjag23 wrote:
Neil must know how unpopular he is already, so why does he do things like this?
I don't think he does realise how unpopular he is. The man is surrounded by Tory party sycophants who presumably make him feel wanted. I notice he is starting to give opinions on things - is this related in any way to next year's elections?
[quote][p][bold]kjag23[/bold] wrote: Neil must know how unpopular he is already, so why does he do things like this?[/p][/quote]I don't think he does realise how unpopular he is. The man is surrounded by Tory party sycophants who presumably make him feel wanted. I notice he is starting to give opinions on things - is this related in any way to next year's elections? BigBoy22
  • Score: 4

8:04pm Fri 17 Jan 14

kjag23 says...

If your two other hobbies are debating, as well as 'debating' on here, then yes. You do indeed need something else in your life other than disagreeing with people.
If your two other hobbies are debating, as well as 'debating' on here, then yes. You do indeed need something else in your life other than disagreeing with people. kjag23
  • Score: -1

10:04am Sat 18 Jan 14

dimreepr says...

kjag23 wrote:
If your two other hobbies are debating, as well as 'debating' on here, then yes. You do indeed need something else in your life other than disagreeing with people.
If my hobby was model building and I build two models does that mean I have two hobbies?
I think also your comprehension needs work, for instance:
“I comment here because I live locally and take an interest.”
And
“I can assure you I am perfectly content and commenting here is just part of a wider hobby”.

Above all the following is pertinent:

"Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"

Or, for simplicity:

‘Pot Kettle Black’
[quote][p][bold]kjag23[/bold] wrote: If your two other hobbies are debating, as well as 'debating' on here, then yes. You do indeed need something else in your life other than disagreeing with people.[/p][/quote]If my hobby was model building and I build two models does that mean I have two hobbies? I think also your comprehension needs work, for instance: “I comment here because I live locally and take an interest.” And “I can assure you I am perfectly content and commenting here is just part of a wider hobby”. Above all the following is pertinent: "Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" Or, for simplicity: ‘Pot Kettle Black’ dimreepr
  • Score: 2

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