Some MPs are inspiring

I was catching a train out of London last night back to Nottingham. I’d settled into my seat and was phoning home. Just as the train started to pull away a man sat opposite me who was clearly out of breath from running to catch the train. As I can’t help myself I started chatting, “you were lucky to make it then?” He nodded as he was still out of breath.

As he got his breath back we started to chat. He’d overheard a bit of my conversation and so we started talking about families and working in London etc. Slowly we moved onto the reason why we were in London – our jobs. It turns out that he was an MP.

I didn’t want to force him to talk shop, but I did mention this blog and my thoughts behind it to try and gauge his opinions – and away we went. Rarely have I spent such an enjoyable two hours – the train journey flew by as we discussed a wide variety of topics – starting with independent MPs, but covering transport policy, European views on recycling, what our dads did for a living, riots, Gordon Brown’s legacy, organic food and traffic lights.

I’m not going to repeat any of the conversation here – I didn’t ask him if it was public consumption – but although we didn’t necessarily agree on everything (as an MP for 17 years he didn’t believe that independents could make a lot of changes if elected) what was obvious was the passion for the job and the sincerity and dedication that he gave to it.

Amidst all the discussions there have been lately (and although I’ve never tried to fan the flames, that includes some here), what we have to remember is that some of the individuals involved in parliament are excellent at their jobs and are worthy of our respect and thanks.

I don’t know how much he claimed on expenses as I didn’t ask, but that just didn’t seem important last night anyway. It was very inspiring to meet him … and if this idea does go anywhere I will consider myself lucky to meet more people like him.

Who was it? It was Alan Simpson (Lab) Nottingham South.

4 Responses to Some MPs are inspiring

  1. Teresa Vanneck-Surplice says:

    I would like to stand for Brentford and Isleworth as an Independent. The MP there is in deep trouble and it is my adjacent Borough. I am not known there. I am not just a Johnny-come-lately as I have been an Independent local Councillor in the past. I would like the Independent Mps to join forces to advise on what to do, especially now. I have the rules for when the election is called, but do not know what is permitted and how to go about it. Zac Goldsmith, millionaire Cons here is giving our bags with his name on it. Good Publicity. I cant afford it anyway.
    I wrote tomartinbell suggesting he might co-ordinate the Independents but he does not feel like it now. I need a mentor. I live in Richmond.
    From this I see I need a website. Teresa

  2. Teresa Vanneck-Surplice says:

    Help and advice – a mentor wanted for prospective Independent MP (west London area)

    • Patrick says:

      Teresa, unfortunately we are not in a position to offer any direct help at the moment as the ‘movement’ doesn’t exist in any other form outside of this blog. If that changes then I would be only too willing to help.

      Offering support, both physical, emotional and strategic is exactly what I think is needed to help people who want to become an Independent MP.

      I’ll help in any way I can – please stay in touch.

  3. […] have said to me and I agree very strongly with that (as you can see from my recent post about Alan Simpson). Not only are there some good MPs, but also a lot of good constituency workers and […]

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