In January she ‘talked’ at Westminster with Transport Secretary, Justine Greening about a station for Ilkeston.
A few months later, she was in ‘talks’ again – this time with Government High Street Guru, Mary Portas. Ilkeston residents hoped that she would persuade Ms Portas to pick Ilkeston as one of twelve towns to receive mentoring and Government regeneration money. It was not chosen - and six months on, Justine Greening remains tight lipped about an Ilkeston station whilst Junior Minster Theresa Villiers has announced that that no extra Government cash will be forthcoming for the project. The Tory County Council opted not to bid for it from the Government Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
Jessica Lee has chattered for England - but Justine Greening, Theresa Villiers and Mary Portas have applied the ear plugs.
Talk is cheap for an MP who needs to divert attention from the fact that her actions on two key constituency matters have achieved ‘null points.’ 2012 has seen plenty of talk and name dropping by a silver-tongued Erewash MP but no station to serve the north of the Borough and the wooden spoon in the Mary Portas raffle as well.
Actions speak louder than words. The MP for Erewash talks the hind leg off a donkey but MPs are elected to deliver results and donkeys need their hind legs. With Jessica Lee at the helm; her constituents are becoming increasingly aware that Erewash will always bring up the rear in the Westminster version of the Donkey Derby. It’s not a good look.
Cllr Margaret Griffiths