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David Miliband MP

South Shields MP in new roles?

Well I’m glad you all tuned in, since it was revealed that I may be looking for a new media role I can tell you that I am also interested in being a highly paid “face” for Sunderland AFC, cannot promise that I’ll be at the Stadium of Light much though as I have this season ticket here at The Emirates.  I might also be a little pushed for time as I juggle my careers as Member of Parliament for South Shields, as well as non executive vice-chairman to Niall Quinn, – I hope I don’t upset the extremely good start they’ve had to the season but I’ll be really annoyed if they end up doing better than the Gooners, –  and part-time teacher. Don’t worry though, I’ll try my hardest to squeeze in the odd visit to South Shields.

Yes, I know, times are tough, unemployment is rising and it really hurts to be out of a job in the north east right now, I really feel for those whose homes are under threat of repossession or who have lost the company car, but with good mates around you things should be OK. It has to be better than the future that some MPs are facing!

Update 17:30

Jeff in Westminster wonders just how much spare time our MP has (although I think he is mistaken over the hours that Miliband proposes to teach), and some others imply that an MP cannot do his/her job fully if they are otherwise engaged elsewhere. It must be remembered, of course, that David Miliband still acted as our constituency MP whilst flying around the world ejecting people from their homes when he was Foreign Secretary (although a lot of casework was taken on by neighbouring MP Stephen Hepburn, as it is customary for neighbouring MPs to grow broader shoulders ). Many others still find time to get paid for speaking engagements or writing newspaper columns, but it is difficult to argue that one can be adequately seeing to constituency affairs on a day devoted to teaching in London, or chasing down a television or radio deal.

Jeff was initially in favour of increased pay for MPs, now he’s not so sure, he adds:

However, I do have a problem with MPs acting outside the job description and taking up part-time roles outside their democratic remit. If you want to be a tv star or a teacher then step aside and let someone else in to do the job that you were elected to do less than a year ago.

Does he have a fair point? Would the Member of Parliament for Jarrow be so lucky as to find additional well paid part time jobs?

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  1. Hey Curly the Daily Mail have done a nice job on him as well.


    January 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

  2. Seen this at the BBC:

    David clearly doesn’t know his constituency. South Shields is and always has been Black and White. Let’s hope his appointment conincides with yet another humping for his part time employers this weekend. Joe, Ipswich

    I guess Joe knows less about South Shields than he does about spelling!
    Just for the record this town is probably evenly split between the red and whites and the black and whites.


    January 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm

  3. I can’t bear it. Niall Quinn must have taken leave of his senses. Miliband tried to get the Foreign Office to pay for his foreign travel by angling for an Ambassadorial post. Then he tried to get licence-fee payers to pay for his jet-setting by angling for a TV series. And now he wants Sunderland supporters to pay for his self-important globe-trotting. The fans will be a laughing stock.
    Someone should tell Miliband that he’s just a mediocre politician and the world doesn’t owe him a living.

    Desperate Dan

    January 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    • Well, I think it was someone in the coalition government that wanted him out of the way in Washington, in a crafty and canny move, however I take your other points. What irks me most is the though of a Gooner sitting in the boardroom at the Stadium of Light, and I always thought that it was inappropriate to hold positions in more than one club anyway (Miliband is hon. President of the Mariners – South Shields).


      January 12, 2011 at 6:47 pm

  4. Thanks for the link.

    The 12 hours/week was taken from yesterday’s Evening Standard which, to be fair, isn’t going to be the most reasonable publication when it comes to giving a Labour MP a fair crack of the whip.


    January 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm

  5. During the last few days when the image of this area has suffered somewhat, a big thank you to Michael Portillo for his tourism promoting “Great British Railway Journey” broadcast on BBC2 and the positive coverage it gave to South Tyneside.Also mention should be made of Bill Bryson, another fan of the North East, who delivered this year’s Miliband Lecture.


    January 18, 2011 at 8:36 am

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