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Barrow MP wrong man to chair debate

SINCE securing the Barrow and Furness seat in the general election of 2010, Labour MP John Woodcock has done a pretty sound job in representing the people.

But the shadow transport minister has made a misjudgment by saying he will chair a debate on a huge biomass facility in Barrow, having already pinned his colours to the mast and publicly backed the scheme.

There is clear sense in Mr Woodcock’s rhetoric when it comes to welcoming the jobs such a facility would bring.

But there are significant numbers in his constituency who disagree with his view.

More than 5,000 people have signed a petition which opposes the plan.

That’s democracy. And there is nothing wrong with either view.

The problem comes when Mr Woodcock takes to the chair for the public debate.

On this occasion he is quite simply, the wrong man for the job.

A true public debate demands a chair who is impartial on the issue.

Mr Woodcock should be involved in the debate but an independent third party should control the meeting.

Only then will people see it as a balanced discussion – with no advantage in the court of either side.

Mr Woodcock should do the honourable thing and step aside, and allow a true independent chairman to conduct the meeting.

Only that way will the public and democracy, not party political point-scoring, be well served.

By North West Evening Mail
Published: May 11, 2012


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Hi Steve, the petition's are at various places and we have had signings in Dalton Road. If you thought you could get extra names I could email a petition form to you. If you only want to sign it yourself, mail me your address at furnessopposesbiomass@yahoo.com and I will pop round for you to sign it.

Posted by Scott on 16 May 2012 at 22:25

Where is the petition so that i can sign it ?

Posted by STEVE SHAW on 15 May 2012 at 14:32

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