Is MP good value for us?
MANY residents have over the past year asked "is Neath closing down" due to the number of large and small businesses which have closed.
But I am beginning to think the residents deserve what is happening because of the apathy which exists with regard to our MP Peter Hain. MPs expenditure for the period of 2011/2012 shows he is apparently the ninth highest claimant totalling £156,529.97. Are we getting value for money?
In August he was on the front page of the Evening Post apparently forecasting a revolt over the changes to Neath Port Talbot hospital resulting in the closure of the A&E. One must ask where has he been since? He is conspicuous in his absence in the fight to keep this critical department open.
Where was he when the wards in Cimla hospital were closed? When TRW factory in Resolven closed? When the ex Ford workers lost up to 40 per cent of their pensions after being transferred to the Visteon company? When the Empire Cinema was sold off to build flats?
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Hi main priority now appears to be his involvement of the multi-billion pound Severn Barrage bid, even to the extent of quitting his post as Shadow Secretary for Wales. During an interview he stated: "I want to take forward the biggest investment ever in Wales, you can't really do that as Shadow Secretary of Wales".
I would agree, and being involved with this project he cannot fulfil his obligations to the town he was elected to represent.
Surely it is time that the people of Neath elected someone who would fully represent the town and fight to bring employment and money into the area.
J C Lewis
Heol Illtyd, Caewern