MP Mitchell decides not to return from holiday for debate
GRIMSBY MP Austin Mitchell has decided not to return from holiday in the United States for today's Parliamentary recall.
He said: "I have decided, after extensive consultation of airline timetables and availability, not to return to Westminster for Thursday's one-day debate about the riots.
"I am fully briefed on Grimsby, where there has been no riot problem. I am unlikely to be called in what will be a crowded, brief debate. There won't be a vote in which my presence would be necessary and I feel that I have nothing original to say on the riots, except, of course, to deplore and condemn them and the lawlessness that has broken out in deprived areas in London, Birmingham and other cities.
"This demands a tough response, but we also need to ask what has caused this midsummer madness?
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"Though I have no knowledge of local flashpoints, I consider that if we have areas where young people live in an atmosphere of hopelessness, without jobs or futures and threatened by cuts in training, education and benefits, we're bound to get problems.
"I don't feel justified in spending over £3,000 of taxpayer's money and flying 14 hours to arrive, as the schedules tell me I would, just at the end of David Cameron's speech. This isn't something that can be dealt with in a day of speechmaking without a vote. It demands a reconsideration and reversal of damaging, job-destroying Government policies."