'Tories trying to buy Taunton Deane election seat', says MP Jeremy Browne

Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne.

Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne.

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TAUNTON Deane’s Lib-Dem MP has accused the Conservatives of trying to “buy” the seat at next year’s General Election.

Jeremy Browne made the accusation following a press report that Rebecca Pow, who is standing against him, has been given almost £25,000 to help fund her campaign.

The Observer newspaper claimed cash to fund prospective Tory MPs fighting marginal constituencies has come from an organisation called the United & Cecil Club and an annual fund-raising dinner.

Mr Browne, who has served as a Minister in the Foreign Office and Home Office in the Coalition Government, won the seat in 2005 and again in 2010.

He said: “The Conservatives always seem to think Taunton Deane is for sale to the highest bidder.

“They have a different candidate at every General Election and they try and buy that candidate a seat in the House of Com-mons.

“I hope that Taunton Deane residents will believe that they are better served by a long-standing local Member of Parliament with a consistent track record of commitment to our community.”

Ms Pow, whose varied career has included campaigns and presenting TV gardening programmes, is aiming to become only the second woman to represent Taunton Deane following LibDem Jackie Ballard, who served from 1997 to 2001.

“The overwhelming majority of donations I have received for my campaign have come from friends and party members living in Taunton Deane,” said Ms Pow.

“The donations I have received are spent on campaigning for, and with, local people on issues affecting us living in Taunton Deane.

“The supporters who donate do so because they support me as a candidate and because they want to see a Conserva-tive Government elected next year, which means winning back Taunton Deane.

"We do not have access to the millions that the trade unions put into the Labour Party or the resources and facilities that sitting Members of Parliament have access to.”

Mr Browne polled 28,531 votes at the last election, ahead of the Conservatives’ Mark For-mosa on 24,538.

He unseated Tory Adrian Flook back in 2005 when he secured 25,764 votes against the then MP’s 25,191.

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12:20pm Fri 11 Jul 14

RightToAnOpinion says...

Problem is Jeremy that no matter how good you are all that the intelligent voters amongst us see is that idiot boss of yours Mr Clegg and his pro Europe what ever the cost views, he even got you the sack from the Foreign Office for working too well with the Conservatives.
Problem is Jeremy that no matter how good you are all that the intelligent voters amongst us see is that idiot boss of yours Mr Clegg and his pro Europe what ever the cost views, he even got you the sack from the Foreign Office for working too well with the Conservatives. RightToAnOpinion
  • Score: 12

3:31pm Fri 11 Jul 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

Don't worry Jezzer your book profits will match that!!!
Don't worry Jezzer your book profits will match that!!! TauntonBloke29
  • Score: 10

4:55pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Taunton Fox says...

REGARDLESS JEREMY.......that is today's politics and tell me, have you really archieved anything significant whilst being our erstwhile MP? Even your own leader sacked you! I'm personally not driven by any party persuasion but time for a change in Taunton methinks! You are a career driven politician you should join the Tories!
REGARDLESS JEREMY.......that is today's politics and tell me, have you really archieved anything significant whilst being our erstwhile MP? Even your own leader sacked you! I'm personally not driven by any party persuasion but time for a change in Taunton methinks! You are a career driven politician you should join the Tories! Taunton Fox
  • Score: 10

5:07pm Sat 12 Jul 14

KevinTurvey says...

It's Green for Go!
(and i don't mean wellies)
It's Green for Go! (and i don't mean wellies) KevinTurvey
  • Score: 1

6:01pm Sat 12 Jul 14

littlerobin says...

Jeremy, what have you ever done for local people? They ask you for help and your response is always, 'Yes, but, no, but ... '. You are known locally as Mr Splinter because you always sit on the fence and never take decisive action. You are afraid to do anything that will harm your career. You are a career politician but have made little progress with regard to that because you are way out of your depth when it comes to dealing with issues that matter. What have you ever done for Taunton? In the years you've been our MP it's declined considerably. If you were here you'd notice this but you are away somewhere else writing silly books that nobody except your parents want to read.
It's time for a change. People are fed up with having an MP who is ineffectual and permanently absent.
Jeremy, what have you ever done for local people? They ask you for help and your response is always, 'Yes, but, no, but ... '. You are known locally as Mr Splinter because you always sit on the fence and never take decisive action. You are afraid to do anything that will harm your career. You are a career politician but have made little progress with regard to that because you are way out of your depth when it comes to dealing with issues that matter. What have you ever done for Taunton? In the years you've been our MP it's declined considerably. If you were here you'd notice this but you are away somewhere else writing silly books that nobody except your parents want to read. It's time for a change. People are fed up with having an MP who is ineffectual and permanently absent. littlerobin
  • Score: 13

6:06pm Sat 12 Jul 14

littlerobin says...

And please stop moaning. It doesn't matter who has the most money to spend on the election campaign. In the end it will be about who can do the most for Taunton.
The Tories won't win the seat, instead the Lib Dems (you) have already lost it.
You should have cared more when you had the chance.
And please stop moaning. It doesn't matter who has the most money to spend on the election campaign. In the end it will be about who can do the most for Taunton. The Tories won't win the seat, instead the Lib Dems (you) have already lost it. You should have cared more when you had the chance. littlerobin
  • Score: 8

10:34am Mon 14 Jul 14

Mi_Coc says...

littlerobin wrote:
And please stop moaning. It doesn't matter who has the most money to spend on the election campaign. In the end it will be about who can do the most for Taunton.
The Tories won't win the seat, instead the Lib Dems (you) have already lost it.
You should have cared more when you had the chance.
Who do you think will win. Its always been tory lib dem area I think Jeremy is just getting his excuses ready for his defeat.

I can see it being anything but tory next time around.

Rather than losing because he only says he will help if the gazzette offer a photo shoot and his doesnt extend past JB is "fighting for local blah blah" in the gazette and thats about it.

Rest of the time is spent in london he couldnt give a monkeys about taunton it was just area he could use to become mp. He is londoner at heart. Were was he when the levels flooded nowhere I know it was more of a bridgwater issue but he still could of shown support.
[quote][p][bold]littlerobin[/bold] wrote: And please stop moaning. It doesn't matter who has the most money to spend on the election campaign. In the end it will be about who can do the most for Taunton. The Tories won't win the seat, instead the Lib Dems (you) have already lost it. You should have cared more when you had the chance.[/p][/quote]Who do you think will win. Its always been tory lib dem area I think Jeremy is just getting his excuses ready for his defeat. I can see it being anything but tory next time around. Rather than losing because he only says he will help if the gazzette offer a photo shoot and his doesnt extend past JB is "fighting for local blah blah" in the gazette and thats about it. Rest of the time is spent in london he couldnt give a monkeys about taunton it was just area he could use to become mp. He is londoner at heart. Were was he when the levels flooded nowhere I know it was more of a bridgwater issue but he still could of shown support. Mi_Coc
  • Score: -4

3:32pm Thu 17 Jul 14

KevinTurvey says...

Don't worry Libdems; Ms Pow will split he Green vote and you're back in!
Don't worry Libdems; Ms Pow will split he Green vote and you're back in! KevinTurvey
  • Score: 0

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