MP Neil Carmichael answers questions from readers

Stroud MP Neil Carmichael

Stroud MP Neil Carmichael

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SNJ reporter Hayley Mortimer asked readers to send in their questions for Neil on Twitter ahead of her visit to Westminster. Dozens of questions were put forward and here are a few of his responses.

 

1. Glyn Hale ‏@glynhale
Fracking in Gloucestershire - yes or no?

There is no need to worry about fracking in Gloucestershire. It absolutely won’t happen. But I do think we have a duty to the people living now and in the future to lower energy costs and fracking in this country could achieve that.


2. J Armand Smith ‏@josiecreates
What do you think about a Steiner free school in Stroud?

I am for free schools. I am for parents making a choice. A Steiner school may well prove to be a good school and we should want what is best for the pupil. The fact that more than 1,000 pupils have been signed up to the school shows that people want a Steiner free school. We can’t ignore that. Existing good schools have nothing to fear from competition.

3. David R Joyce ‏@joyus1uk
Who are the members of the Carmichael Commission? When do they meet in public? Where do they publish their reports?

I am aiming to launch the Carmichael Commission at the end of March to discuss developing economic growth in the area. This includes improving the Dursley to M5 route and supporting businesses. The commission will involve local firms and people interested in this issue. It is a working party.


4. Stroud Against The Cuts ‏@StroudAntiCuts
Given your opposition to a tendering process for Stroud Farmers’ Market, what is your position on tendering of NHS services?

The NHS will always remain free at the point of delivery. Where there are resources that can be supplied by private companies we should use them. Patients should be put first and a tendering process is appropriate where necessary.

5. Stella Parkes ‏@stellaparkes
What is your stance on supporting the High Street versus out of town supermarket developments?

At times our three supermarkets are under pressure. I am a great supporter of the High Street and I recognise the concerns but I think there is a need for another supermarket. However, it must be consulted properly within the local plan.


6. Phil Coysh ‏@sladvalley
Have you received a reply from @NickBolesMP inviting him to Stroud? #savesladvalley
I have invited him to Stroud because I recognise there are many planning concerns across the district. We are negotiating a date.


7. Thomas Lydon ‏@thomaslydon
Who is in the United and Cecil Club which has given you nearly £10,000?

The club is made up of people who support the party. They go to dinners with guest speakers, pay a bit over the cost price and the money goes to the club and is distributed to MPs to cover campaign costs. About 10 years ago the club gave me a donation and two more donations more recently. It is completely above board. If each member of a union which supports the Labour Party had to be listed it would be an invasion of privacy.


8. YellowLightedBkshop ‏@YLBookshop What were the last five things you purchased from Amazon? What are your favourite books and why?
A pair of shoes, which I sent back because they were the wrong size, Saturday Kitchen cookbook, Roger Federer’s autobiography for my son, the film Rush on DVD and an iPad connector. I love reading and my house is filled with around 3,000 books. I have too many favourites but Anne Frank’s diary is high up on the list.


9. Syvila Chaplin ‏@syvilachaplin What is his biggest regret from your time so far in the house? And best moment.
My best moment is the success of the Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering. In terms of my biggest regret, I sometimes think that my children haven’t seen enough of me.


10. John Dougherty ‏@JohnDougherty8 Why have you not answered my emails about library closures in Gloucestershire?
I answer every email and letter sent to me. If I haven’t replied it means I haven’t received it.


11. KitschCoffee WineBar ‏@kitschcoffee Will you get some upmarket big shops into Stroud -such as House of Fraser - take a look at Cirencester-chains and independents.
I think that is a great idea. We should encourage shops of that type to Stroud. I think that as the retail sector develops we need something to bring shoppers to the town.


12. Astie Bolton @AstieBolton
Why don’t you acknowledge achievements in local schools? Such as Marling School’s SOS Kit Aid?

I do acknowledge achievements in local schools. I took Michael Gove to Marling because it is an outstanding school and I wanted him to see that. Unfortunately people diminished the positive message by protesting.

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8:13am Wed 12 Feb 14

Crow says...

re.10
I didn't get a response about my email about the gagging law....maybe emails are getting lost in NC's computer.......
re.10 I didn't get a response about my email about the gagging law....maybe emails are getting lost in NC's computer....... Crow
  • Score: 12

8:53am Wed 12 Feb 14

GlawsStudent92 says...

So our press-up, drinking champion of an MP has finally come off the fence on some issues, yet still comes down on the side of Government rather than Stroud. You wouldn't know there's an election 15 months away when a marginal MP goes on a charm offensive...
So our press-up, drinking champion of an MP has finally come off the fence on some issues, yet still comes down on the side of Government rather than Stroud. You wouldn't know there's an election 15 months away when a marginal MP goes on a charm offensive... GlawsStudent92
  • Score: 0

9:37am Wed 12 Feb 14

TigerTigerBurningBright says...

He thinks the high streets are under pressure but uses Amazon!
He thinks the high streets are under pressure but uses Amazon! TigerTigerBurningBright
  • Score: 3

4:42pm Wed 12 Feb 14

joyus1uk says...

I was very interested in Neil Carmichaels replies to my questions asked for me by Hayley Mortimer, regarding the Carmichael Commission. He states that the commission and the council share the same aims.It is a shame that the MP has not had any meetings with the Leader of the Council or the administration to discuss these aims. It also interesting that the notice announcing the commission followed a breakfast meeting at Ebley Mill where I understand Mr. Carmichael availed himself of the breakfast, glad handed a few local worthies then left without talking to or complimenting the Leader of the Council on the proposals contained in the local plan. If SDC and its council are in tune with the commissions interests then perhaps Mr Carmichael should be inviting SDC members and officers to take part in his commission. Also it is interesting to note that the commission will not meet until late March but reading the MP's' announcement on his web page you would think that it had been active for a while and had produced a series of proposals/reports. But just like Mr Carmichaels canal group I fear that this is just another vehicle for self publicity and a meeting with local developers under the fig leaf of a working group. I think there is an election in 2015.
Regarding question 5. Interesting answer as I understand that in a debate in Westminster Hall Mr Carmichael had berated Stroud District Council in not having a local plan. A statement that I know seriously annoyed local Councillors, SDC officers and Stroud residents who had spent many hours working on it and which is now progressing through the various stages before full adoption. If Neil had had something to add then why did he not get directly involved in the plan process, offering advice and liaising with central government and ministers. After all he spends so much time bobbing up and down on the green benches behind front bench ministers, asking Whips questions. Neil should by now be a fountain of knowledge on Government policy he could be getting get lots of advice and assistance for Stroud.
Thanks Hayley for asking the questions and I am sure you will go far in the journalistic world. Who will you be spending the day with next?
I was very interested in Neil Carmichaels replies to my questions asked for me by Hayley Mortimer, regarding the Carmichael Commission. He states that the commission and the council share the same aims.It is a shame that the MP has not had any meetings with the Leader of the Council or the administration to discuss these aims. It also interesting that the notice announcing the commission followed a breakfast meeting at Ebley Mill where I understand Mr. Carmichael availed himself of the breakfast, glad handed a few local worthies then left without talking to or complimenting the Leader of the Council on the proposals contained in the local plan. If SDC and its council are in tune with the commissions interests then perhaps Mr Carmichael should be inviting SDC members and officers to take part in his commission. Also it is interesting to note that the commission will not meet until late March but reading the MP's' announcement on his web page you would think that it had been active for a while and had produced a series of proposals/reports. But just like Mr Carmichaels canal group I fear that this is just another vehicle for self publicity and a meeting with local developers under the fig leaf of a working group. I think there is an election in 2015. Regarding question 5. Interesting answer as I understand that in a debate in Westminster Hall Mr Carmichael had berated Stroud District Council in not having a local plan. A statement that I know seriously annoyed local Councillors, SDC officers and Stroud residents who had spent many hours working on it and which is now progressing through the various stages before full adoption. If Neil had had something to add then why did he not get directly involved in the plan process, offering advice and liaising with central government and ministers. After all he spends so much time bobbing up and down on the green benches behind front bench ministers, asking Whips questions. Neil should by now be a fountain of knowledge on Government policy he could be getting get lots of advice and assistance for Stroud. Thanks Hayley for asking the questions and I am sure you will go far in the journalistic world. Who will you be spending the day with next? joyus1uk
  • Score: -2

8:56pm Thu 13 Feb 14

white i red says...

Q10.
Mr Carmichael does NOT respond to every email. Perhaps he thinks an auto-reply counts as a proper response? You can send follow-ups but these are also ignored. Our MP is NOT being truthful with this question so one has to be careful with every thing he says/writes.
Evidence of his non-replies available.
Q10. Mr Carmichael does NOT respond to every email. Perhaps he thinks an auto-reply counts as a proper response? You can send follow-ups but these are also ignored. Our MP is NOT being truthful with this question so one has to be careful with every thing he says/writes. Evidence of his non-replies available. white i red
  • Score: 11

10:06am Fri 14 Feb 14

BigBoy22 says...

You say "dozens of questions were put forward". As we only have the answers here to a few, will we get to find out the response to the rest of them please? Or was he, perhaps, selective with the ones he chose to answer? I would imagine that, given the deep dislike many of his constituents have for him, the questions weren't all so easy.
You say "dozens of questions were put forward". As we only have the answers here to a few, will we get to find out the response to the rest of them please? Or was he, perhaps, selective with the ones he chose to answer? I would imagine that, given the deep dislike many of his constituents have for him, the questions weren't all so easy. BigBoy22
  • Score: 7

1:00pm Fri 14 Feb 14

dimreepr says...

If he was allowed to cherry pick what questions he answered, then SNJ is complicit.
Will his opponents be allowed the same coverage?
Will the editor publish the questions he chose not to answer?

If not we can safely assume future coverage of ‘splinters’ is biased and shame be heaped upon SNJ.
If he was allowed to cherry pick what questions he answered, then SNJ is complicit. Will his opponents be allowed the same coverage? Will the editor publish the questions he chose not to answer? If not we can safely assume future coverage of ‘splinters’ is biased and shame be heaped upon SNJ. dimreepr
  • Score: 4

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