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MP tweets to defend his 'top quality city'

By The Citizen  |  Posted: July 29, 2013

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RICHARD Graham, Gloucester's Conservative MP, has defended the city after a parliamentary hopeful in Cheltenham said the town was an "infinitely superior" place to live.

Alex Chalk, the Tory prospective parliamentary candidate for Cheltenham, made the comment at a public meeting held in Warden Hill on Saturday evening.

Mr Chalk said that Gloucester is a city "on the march" thanks to "very energetic leadership" before adding Cheltenham is currently "punching below its weight".

Mr Graham tweeted in response: "Truth is top quality cities like Gloucester with 3Choirs, Carnival & W Cup Rugby don't need to talk about superiority."

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  • foamcow  |  July 30 2013, 3:33PM

    If this quote is accurate, "Mr Chalk said that Gloucester is a city "on the march" thanks to "very energetic leadership" before adding Cheltenham is currently "punching below its weight"." Then isn't Mr Chalk praising Gloucester and stating that Cheltenham needs a kick up the backside? Surely "on the march" means going forward purposefully, making progress and going places? All rather confusing.

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  • TIMONLINE2010  |  July 29 2013, 12:45PM

    by aroakley - Foxcote isn't exactly near Charlton Kings and it isn't even in the Cheltenham constituency! In any case he spent very little of his life here. Why do we have to have an imported candidate rather than a home grown one?

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  • TIMONLINE2010  |  July 29 2013, 12:44PM

    by aroakley - Foxcote isn't exactly near Charlton Kings and it isn't even in the Cheltenham constituency! In any case he spent very little of his life here. Why do we have to have an imported candidate rather than a home grown one?

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  • TIMONLINE2010  |  July 29 2013, 12:43PM

    by aroakley - Foxcote isn't exactly near Charlton Kings and it isn't even in the Cheltenham constituency! In any case he spent very little of his life here. Why do we have to have an imported candidate rather than a home grown one?

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  • DG9999  |  July 29 2013, 12:40PM

    by aroakley "there is no crown court in Cheltenham for him to work in. Allegations of "parachuting in" are wide of the mark"-------------What is wrong with the one in Gloucester? Oh -of course-not "superior" enough!

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  • DG9999  |  July 29 2013, 12:35PM

    by aroakley----"there is no crown court in Cheltenham for him to work in. Allegations of "parachuting in" are wide of the mark"-----------What is wrong with the one in Gloucester---oh-of course-not "superior" enough

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  • Vesuvio  |  July 29 2013, 12:12PM

    Right, because parliament needs another laywer... Gloucester on the march? Like the dismal 'Bonkers boundaries' march? Stick to walks, they're obviously less taxing.

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  • aroakley  |  July 29 2013, 12:03PM

    Alex grew up in Foxcote, near Charlton Kings. He's a barrister, so it's unsurprising he later moved away to London - there is no crown court in Cheltenham for him to work in. Allegations of "parachuting in" are wide of the mark. It's good he takes pride in his home town and the town he wants to represent in Parliament - shouldn't everyone?

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  • DG9999  |  July 29 2013, 11:10AM

    Parachuted in from London-Hammersmith & Fulham Council -where he still serves as a Councillor to be precise- and already an expert on Cheltenham-or so he thinks!

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  • Lecorche  |  July 29 2013, 10:13AM

    Third rate City, Third rate MP !

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