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Richard Graham MP: Foodbank article an apology

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

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In last Thursday's Citizen, we featured the increase in usage of Gloucester's foodbank. We also published a short article intended to summarise the views of Richard Graham MP.

The first sentence of the article which read: "Some foodbank users cry out for help but still expect to have a mobile phone, city MP Richard Graham has said" was in fact not something he said.

We therefore reproduced what Mr Graham had written in full in Saturday's Citizen and online here.

We are happy to make the position clear for the benefit of our readers, and apologise to Mr Graham for the inaccuracy.

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  • MrGarnet  |  April 27 2014, 7:12PM

    The good thing is elections are on the way and there is a sea change in how people feel about the liblabcon.

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  • JemmyWood  |  April 27 2014, 6:38PM

    Unfortunately, the incumbent MP WON'T do that , because as you know.... He is high on rhetoric but low on substance and as long as people within The Citizen have close links to the Tories in one shape or form, it will never happen.

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  • MrGarnet  |  April 27 2014, 5:00PM

    That is fair enough Jemmy and thank you for the reply. I would like to see ALL our local MP and PPC on the local paper debating issues. Not hiding on Twitter but in the Citizen or Facebook where most people can access and discuss with more than a one line comment. The Citizen should encorage this as it is their "Manor" I find it rehensable that threads can be deleted along with people's posts on a whim. I understand of course if they are abusive etc but not peoples valid views.

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  • JemmyWood  |  April 27 2014, 9:19AM

    Mr Garnett, the current incumbent MP will no doubt be gone in just over 12 months time. He has been a foot in mouth politician from the start. He has got no understanding of the people he is meant to represent, preferring to spend his time doing the Heythrop Hunt's bidding, auctioning off tours around Westminster to help them raise funds, and generally supporting low grade issues and avoiding the big ones. Do we really need this type of person representing us? No we don't.

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  • MrGarnet  |  April 26 2014, 9:06PM

    Well said people! As I said this paper needs to get its house in order reporting on issues that effect our lives. Closing and deleting threads is an affront to free speech and any editor agreeing to that is not worth having. The whole issue has not done this paper and Mr Graham any good in my humble opinion.

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  • uk_socrates  |  April 23 2014, 4:22PM

    I did wonder why the two articles on the subject had disappeared, also why is this article hidden away on the Gloucester Citizen website?. Last week the foodbank story was one of the most commented stories, then on Friday/Saturday it disappeared. This is scandalous, so did the newspaper make up the "mobile phone comment? Who was the source/reporter? We can't have a newspaper that just goes around making up quotes! Also we can't comment on the linked article....why is this? Why does this newspaper feel the need to censor certain articles? Who makes these decisions? Anyway…….. the "new article" seems to of had a few things added to it. I totally agree that there needs to be some detailed research into why people are actually using foodbanks. The Trussell Trust suggests the main reasons are http://tinyurl.com/qfvfms7 Benefit Delays, Low Income and Benefit Changes. (Minimum wage realistically needs to rise to at least £7.10). Also the Jobcentre needs a total makeover!. The Jobcentre actually thinks fining people and throwing pieces of paper at people or telling people to wait 2 weeks for money is productive…... The Jobcentre doesn't even have WI-FI! It doesn't have computers for public use, or have printers where people can print off their CV. Its outdated and poorly thought through. I am assuming benefit changes also involves ATOS *(which again was a classic government disaster). It would be nice to see some detailed research into this crisis. Has the bedroom tax contributed? Student debt contributed? Also why are people waiting so long to be paid benefits? Why do we still have a payment system from the 19th century? These days it is now possible to pay people almost instantly! Personally I would fire pretty much everyone at the Jobcentre, and instead have free WI-FI, computers, printers, some tea and coffee machines, some toilets as well!, most things would be speeded up and everything would be done largely online, (with a handful of full time workers helping those who are not so good with computers/applying online/filling forms in online etc) There would also be in-house training courses, interview technique lessons, brush up your CV lessons, learn basic computer skill lessons and so on.

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  • JemmyWood  |  April 23 2014, 1:18PM

    And what of all the readers comments? That one line quoted above still doesn't detract from other things he put in his article though. Let's not forget, Dick Graham has visited the FoodBank ONCE in the last SIX YEARS, He voted against research into food bank usage in Parliament, the timing if his article which was so close to the Mail on Sunday article about Food banks... Coincidence? He can attempt to skip about the facts as much as he can and attempt to blame others, but the fact remains, he does not support food banks, he has no understanding of the people who use them and I found his whole article disgusting.

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