Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero’s column: Rowdy politicians can turn the public off politics

File photo dated 27/04/11 of Prime Minister David Cameron speaking during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. Shadow Treasury chief secretary Angela Eagle has branded Mr Cameron's "calm down, dear" jibe a "revealing slip". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 28, 2011. The Prime Minister aimed the remark at Ms Eagle yesterday as he defended his Government's plans to reform the NHS. On ITV1's Daybreak, Ms Eagle said: "He just lost his rag, I think, and revealed himself in a way that perhaps his minders wouldn't have wanted him to." Mr Cameron's comment came during rowdy exchanges at Prime Minister's Question Time, when Ms Eagle was loudly heckling him. The Labour benches erupted in outrage, with shadow chancellor Ed Balls angrily gesticulating and party leader Ed Miliband appearing to demand an apology. But the Prime Minister pressed on, telling them: "I said calm down, calm down dear. I'll say it to you, if you like... I'm not going to apologise. You do need to calm down
File photo dated 27/04/11 of Prime Minister David Cameron speaking during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. Shadow Treasury chief secretary Angela Eagle has branded Mr Cameron's "calm down, dear" jibe a "revealing slip". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 28, 2011. The Prime Minister aimed the remark at Ms Eagle yesterday as he defended his Government's plans to reform the NHS. On ITV1's Daybreak, Ms Eagle said: "He just lost his rag, I think, and revealed himself in a way that perhaps his minders wouldn't have wanted him to." Mr Cameron's comment came during rowdy exchanges at Prime Minister's Question Time, when Ms Eagle was loudly heckling him. The Labour benches erupted in outrage, with shadow chancellor Ed Balls angrily gesticulating and party leader Ed Miliband appearing to demand an apology. But the Prime Minister pressed on, telling them: "I said calm down, calm down dear. I'll say it to you, if you like... I'm not going to apologise. You do need to calm down

My parliamentary inbox and postbag are always brimming with letters and e-mails from constituents on all manner of different subjects. One of my main jobs each day is to go through them and decide how I can help.

Last week, a lady from Sutton wrote to me complaining about the behaviour of MP’s during Prime Minister’s Questions and I have to agree - it isn’t our finest hour.

I’ve always felt that the braying Punch and Judy type of politics is one of the things that puts people off politicians and politics in general.

I wish it was in my gift to change it. Sadly it isn’t so I’ve written to the Speaker on her behalf to let him know exactly what she thinks. I’ll let you know when he replies. It doesn’t matter what issue you’ve got or who it is with, if you have a concern then I’ll always try to raise it with those in charge, politicians included.
Sometimes it can feel like you are banging your head against a brick wall with some cases but that doesn’t mean we should just give up and accept it and this next story shows why. One gentleman told me he’d been unable to get compensation for Industrial Disease BUT this wasn’t because he didn’t meet the criteria; it was because he’d missed the application deadline through no fault of their own. 

I wrote to the DWP who investigated the matter and found he could not have known about the time restrictions. The original decision was reversed resulting in several thousand pounds of compensation being rewarded. It certainly made us both very happy!

SAVE THE DATE - Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire, Ashfield Voluntary Action and Our Centre are hosting a funding fair on Tuesday 19th March between 2 and 6pm at the Summit Centre on Pavilion Road in Kirkby. Lots of organisations have already agreed to take part and experts will be on hand throughout the afternoon to offer their help and advice. It’s a great opportunity for voluntary and community groups to meet potential funders, discuss projects and learn how to plan an application and it could make all the difference. I’ve often complained that Ashfield gets a raw deal when it comes to funding but this is a great chance to improve things.