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July 22, 2008


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Paul Flynn

Not conspiracy. I'll blog about Glasgow East later today. There are several (wrong) forecasts about my optimism about Glasgow East on the last few blogs, they remain unchanged. Not a word has been altered on any of the blogs since I started blogging.

Comments are edited to keep out the those who slander others.

Paul Flynn

The people of Glasgow East will decide and a it looks like being a Labour majority of 2,000. Many local people are angry at the way their area is being described by outsiders.

Ted Balls

Re-writing history ?


What had been your last retort on this topic seems strangely to have disappeared with the announcement of the Glasgow East result...

Remember you retorted that Glasgow East would give Labour a modest majority of 2000, because the electorate would react against being run down by outsiders ??

Revisionism in action - if it disappears, it never happened ?

Ted Balls

you’re perhaps a little too quick to reach for the official Labour press pack. The issue here is life in Glasgow East, and what do its people have to show for decades of Labour politics.
Your points 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 19, 20, 35, 41, 45 are of little / no relevance to Glasgow East, and the local effect of the rest is debatable. Reports from various sources of the quality of life in Glasgow East are fairly consistent, and hardly a source of pride for its political dynasty

NHS Greater Glasgow
The East Glasgow CHCP area has the highest proportion of Scotland and Glasgow’s most deprived areas with almost half the working age population unemployed and reliant upon state benefits

Glasgow East constituency was created following boundary changes in 2005, but was also held by Labour in its previous incarnations. Glasgow East, a predominantly Catholic area, is one of the poorest and most unhealthy constituencies in Britain.
It holds the most voters on incapacity benefit or disability allowance, and the fewest with higher education qualifications. Glasgow East hosts the highest proportion of single-parent households, with one of the highest levels of social rented housing in Britain.
Class A drugs have been a serious blight in the area for many years.

From being the workshop of the world, Glasgow became an industrial wasteland, with a community beset by chronic ill health, substance abuse, depression and worklessness. Things have got better in Glasgow East in the past few years, as new housing has sprung up around the great council estates of Shettleston and Easterhouse, but it is precious little reward for voting Labour for decades.

Tough place to live, easy place to die
In Easterhouse ..........the library is shuttered. Even the “regeneration centre” has boarded windows

The life expectancy of its sink estates is worth recording here. A boy born in Camlachie is expected to live to 64.5 — the same as in Uzbekistan. In Parkhead it is 62, the same as Bangladesh. Just outside its boundaries lies Dalmarnock where the figure is 58 — lower than Sudan, Cambodia or Ghana. The lowest is Carlton, where the figure of 54 is lower than even Gambia’s equivalent
Official unemployment is just 6.7 per cent. But add in such factors as those claiming incapacity benefit, and it quickly emerges that a scandalous 50 per cent of the working-age population are on out-of-work benefits

Oops... I forgot the Daily Mail altogether.

Baneswell boy

And the greatest acheivement of all: ten years of keeping the Tories out of Downing Street. The nation should rejoice!

Paul Flynn

Well there's the NHS and the Welfare state in the past 80 years. How about these for starters as Labour's Achievements, Ted Balls ,in the last ten years.?

1. Longest period of sustained low inflation since the 60s.

2. Low mortgage rates.

3. Introduced the National Minimum Wage and raised it to £5.52.

4. Over 14,000 more police in England and Wales.

5. Cut overall crime by 32 per cent.

6. Record levels of literacy and numeracy in schools.

7. Young people achieving some of the best ever results at 14, 16, and 18.

8. Funding for every pupil in England has doubled.

9. Employment is at its highest level ever.

10. Written off up to 100 per cent of debt owed by poorest countries.

11. 85,000 more nurses.

12. 32,000 more doctors.

13. Brought back matrons to hospital wards.

14. Devolved power to the Scottish Parliament.

15. Devolved power to the Welsh Assembly.

16. Dads now get paternity leave of 2 weeks for the first time.

17. NHS Direct offering free convenient patient advice.

18. Gift aid was worth £828 million to charities last year.

19. Restored city-wide government to London.

20. Record number of students in higher education.

21. Child benefit up 26 per cent since 1997.

22. Delivered 2,200 Sure Start Children’s Centres.

23. Introduced the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

24. £200 winter fuel payment to pensioners & up to £300 for over-80s.

25. On course to exceed our Kyoto target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

26. Restored devolved government to Northern Ireland.

27. Over 36,000 more teachers in England and 274,000 more support staff and teaching assistants.

28. All full time workers now have a right to 24 days paid holiday.

29. A million pensioners lifted out of poverty.

30. 600,000 children lifted out of relative poverty.

31. Introduced child tax credit giving more money to parents.

32. Scrapped Section 28 and introduced Civil Partnerships.

33. Brought over 1 million social homes up to standard.

34. Inpatient waiting lists down by over half a million since 1997.

35. Banned fox hunting.

36. Cleanest rivers, beaches, drinking water and air since before the industrial revolution.

37. Free TV licences for over-75s.

38. Banned fur farming and the testing of cosmetics on animals.

39. Free breast cancer screening for all women aged between 50-70.

40. Free off peak local bus travel for over-60s.

41. New Deal - helped over 1.8 million people into work.

42. Over 3 million child trust funds have been started.

43. Free eye test for over 60s.

44. More than doubled the number of apprenticeships.

45. Free entry to national museums and galleries.

46. Overseas aid budget more than doubled.

47. Heart disease deaths down by 150,000 and cancer deaths down by 50,000.

48. Cut long-term youth unemployment by 75 per cent.

49. Free nursery places for every three and four-year-olds.

50. Free fruit for most four to six-year-olds at school.

Ted Balls

"Hopes are high for a creditable result on Thursday from Glasgow East" -

That's as maybe, but what the hell can Labour boast of after 80 years in power in Glasgow East ?

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