MP rejects debate challenge by rival

Stephen Metcalfe

Stephen Metcalfe

First published in Echo News

A WOULD-BE Labour MP has challenged his Tory rival to a series of debates in the run-up to the general election next year.

Mike Le-Surf, the Labour parliamentary candidate for the South Basildon and East Thurrock, laid down the gauntlet to incumbent Tory MP Stephen Metcalfe.

However, the Tory MP dismissed the challenge.

Mr Le-Surf said the debates were needed as residents don’t get the opportunity to talk face-toface with their MP and candidates as often as they would like.

While canvassing support, he said residents had shown they were disillusioned with politics.

He said: “We have to start doing things differently.

“There is currently a disconnect between many local people and those who are supposed to represent them in Parliament.

Politicians have to be accessible to the communities they represent.

“I have a different approach to politics and would welcome the opportunity to debate with Mr Metcalfe to highlight the differences between the Tory-led Government, which is relentlessly pushing hard-working residents towards disaster, and a Labour government which would address the needs and wishes of local people.”

Mr Metcalfe said he had spent the past three years engaging with thousands of people on issues, including the Felmores estate fires, and trying to find a solution to the level crossing problems in East Tilbury, by holding events, surgeries and street stalls.

He added: “Holding public debates between two parties with an audience filled with politicos from both sides will put off more of the general public with its yahboo politics.

“It is more productive to get out there, knock on doors and talk about the issues that are important to people on the door step.

“I am, therefore, focusing on getting on with the job I was elected to do by representing my constituents both inside and outside Parliament – whether that’s leading the debate on the Visteon scandal or fighting to improve education across Basildon and Thurrock.”

In the run-up to the 2010 elections, televised debates were held between the leaders of the three main political parties – Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats.

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11:53am Mon 6 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Well there is another candidates than Mr Metcalfe and Le Surf. How about a Question Time with ALL the candidates present eh?

Or couldn't Labour handle that one?

That's the truth isn't it? I see the Echo conveniently ignoring the fact that there is a UKIP candidate whose popularity is growing by the minute.

Why is the Echo clinging to the vain hope that Labour will regain Basildon. What? With the current crew of ****, backstabbing, nasty, vicious individuals who seem to enjoy bending over backwards to discredit the mayor and bad mouthing anyone they don't agree with.

Either that or moaning and ****, not to mention eating - and Tweeting their way through council meetings - or of course, Callaghan's old favourite, spending most of his time on Twitter assassinating the characters of people he doesn't know - as well as the mayor.

Come on Echo.. you can do better. Get all three candidates together and start giving equal coverage to all.

This is rapidly becoming the Daily Callaghan/Le Surf.

You know full well that isn't the full picture so why pretend it is. You cannot pretend any longer that the stage is just set for Lib/Lab/Con....

Which hole in the ground have you people been living down recently?
Well there is another candidates than Mr Metcalfe and Le Surf. How about a Question Time with ALL the candidates present eh? Or couldn't Labour handle that one? That's the truth isn't it? I see the Echo conveniently ignoring the fact that there is a UKIP candidate whose popularity is growing by the minute. Why is the Echo clinging to the vain hope that Labour will regain Basildon. What? With the current crew of ****, backstabbing, nasty, vicious individuals who seem to enjoy bending over backwards to discredit the mayor and bad mouthing anyone they don't agree with. Either that or moaning and ****, not to mention eating - and Tweeting their way through council meetings - or of course, Callaghan's old favourite, spending most of his time on Twitter assassinating the characters of people he doesn't know - as well as the mayor. Come on Echo.. you can do better. Get all three candidates together and start giving equal coverage to all. This is rapidly becoming the Daily Callaghan/Le Surf. You know full well that isn't the full picture so why pretend it is. You cannot pretend any longer that the stage is just set for Lib/Lab/Con.... Which hole in the ground have you people been living down recently? Kim Gandy
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11:53am Mon 6 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Since when has b i t c h i n g been a swear word?
Since when has b i t c h i n g been a swear word? Kim Gandy
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1:35pm Mon 6 Jan 14

eurodoomed says...

Until Labour admits and apologises for the total mess in which they left the country, and until they come up with credible policies for doing something about it, which do not involve getting us into even further debt, what is there to discuss?
Until Labour admits and apologises for the total mess in which they left the country, and until they come up with credible policies for doing something about it, which do not involve getting us into even further debt, what is there to discuss? eurodoomed
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2:58pm Mon 6 Jan 14

ebagumtrebor says...

The Smurf and his cohorts were standing outside a train styation this morning moaning about train fare rises and looking very smug. It may have been an accident, a slip of the mind but, I recall the Labour party introducing the current rail fare rises regime back in 2003. Needless to say those that remember tend to look at the Smurf with the same contempt people regard Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in after they left the country in ruins.

It must be difficult being a Labour candidate when issues like the train fares, immigration, out of control welfare spending rear their ugly head and you have to stand in front of people and act like this was all news to you.

What's the point debating with people who can't face the truth.
The Smurf and his cohorts were standing outside a train styation this morning moaning about train fare rises and looking very smug. It may have been an accident, a slip of the mind but, I recall the Labour party introducing the current rail fare rises regime back in 2003. Needless to say those that remember tend to look at the Smurf with the same contempt people regard Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in after they left the country in ruins. It must be difficult being a Labour candidate when issues like the train fares, immigration, out of control welfare spending rear their ugly head and you have to stand in front of people and act like this was all news to you. What's the point debating with people who can't face the truth. ebagumtrebor
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3:31pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Nebs says...

These so-called debates are never debates, the labour candidate tells us what the tories have done wrong and what they will do wrong if elected, and the tory candidate tells us what labour have done wrong and what they will do wrong if elected. A pointless waste of time unless their is a chairman with ba11s prepared to tell the candidates to answer the questions asked rather than the questions they would like to have been asked.
These so-called debates are never debates, the labour candidate tells us what the tories have done wrong and what they will do wrong if elected, and the tory candidate tells us what labour have done wrong and what they will do wrong if elected. A pointless waste of time unless their is a chairman with ba11s prepared to tell the candidates to answer the questions asked rather than the questions they would like to have been asked. Nebs
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6:33pm Mon 6 Jan 14

mikepaterson says...

I agree with Mr Metcalfe's stance. The labour chap is just trying to make some noise. I previously had cause to contact Mr Metcalfe and he was extremely helpful to me, giving his time and expertise and even raising a question in Parliament on my behalf. I would far rather he continue to do what he does, than be pulled into a slanging match with this labour chappie.
I agree with Mr Metcalfe's stance. The labour chap is just trying to make some noise. I previously had cause to contact Mr Metcalfe and he was extremely helpful to me, giving his time and expertise and even raising a question in Parliament on my behalf. I would far rather he continue to do what he does, than be pulled into a slanging match with this labour chappie. mikepaterson
  • Score: 1

8:05pm Mon 6 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

Theres only ever one debate, it's commonly known as the polling station, the result will be as before Blue, Yellow, Red, Indifferent, Green and Loony
Theres only ever one debate, it's commonly known as the polling station, the result will be as before Blue, Yellow, Red, Indifferent, Green and Loony LastLaugh2
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