'Work continues as usual as MP for Tatton'

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Tatton MP Esther McVey has returned to the backbenches in Parliament following her resignation as Work and Pensions Secretary last week.

She made her first contribution on Monday afternoon during Commons' Work and Pensions question time when she welcomed her successor Amber Rudd to the role.

Now Ms McVey has said her work continues as usual as MP for Tatton and vowed to continue fighting to secure the best outcome for the area.

Ms McVey said: "I remain the MP for Tatton and I will continue to pursue all the matters for the local residents and the area and I will also carry on with the issues that made me an MP in the first place, like social mobility and building blocks of empowerment from education to opportunities to attainment.

"As I return to being a backbencher it is like having my first day back at work. I now need to find a new office, as I cannot keep my old ministerial office, I need to find new staff and start all over again.

"Change is difficult but I am prepared for that as you cannot live in fear. You have got to know your options, know what change is involved and go forward and do that, which is exactly what I am doing. You have got to believe in something and I believed that the withdrawal agreement was not good enough for the people of the UK and I believe in the people of the UK so I am going to fight for what is best for them."

As a backbencher Ms McVey can speak in debates, ask ministers questions and submit written parliamentary questions.

Ms McVey added: "Each day in Parliament there is a different departmental question time and it just happened Monday was DWP questions, so I was there supporting the new Secretary of State in taking forward some of the changes I introduced, including the extra £4.5 billion for the department because Universal Credit needed that. I fought for that."

Esther McVey


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Chris Neill
Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 7:26 pm
Maybe Esther will now have a bit of time to look into the shambolic planning authorities re shaping of our town, which not only spoils it, but also brings in more cars to further pollute the area, which is not so good for the children she wants to educate.
Add to that the current craziness of "parking" in the town where free flowing traffic is endangered, as are the pedestrians, as are residents who are daily challenged by car parkers blocking pavements, driveways and small side roads, then there is much to do Esther. I hope she can make a difference....for our town, for her constituency, and for the better. I really hope so.
Oliver Romain
Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 12:49 am
This headline is propaganda. There is nothing ‘as usual’ about it. She has gone from cabinet minister to back bench MP. Headline should read ‘Tatton MP returns to back benches following resignation’ Editorial integrity is vital.
Lisa Reeves
Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 7:03 am
Oliver, the title is a quote. It is what Esther McVey said, not my words.
Chris Wigley
Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 4:13 pm
I have lived in the Tatton constituency since 1985. With one glowing exception, Martin Bell who truly was a constituency MP, we have had professional politician either trying to climb the greasy poll of ministerial/shadow ministerial party politics. I really do wonder what Hamilton, Osborne or McVey really have done for Tatton rather than their careers?
Yvonne Howson
Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 5:18 pm
Maybe Esther could take on some of us ladies born the wrong end of 53 and still waiting for the state pension this government rapidly robbed off us! 65 but still not a pensioner #thrownonthescrapheap.
Steve 'Buck' Taylor
Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 5:33 pm
Esther Mcviegh, now that she has resigned from the 'Robber Barons' set up, let her make a real mark in politics resign from the 'ruling classes brigade' and join us 'plebs ' in the real struggle of survival. She has to realise we are not all millionaires who live in this constituency!!!!
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 8:41 pm
@ Chris Wigley, well said; when I'm on my travels and folks ask where I live I always say "south Manchester" because I'm truly ashamed to say Tatton. What a collection of undesirables the couple of hundred Party members at Tatt-Con have saddled us with. Shameful and Shameless.

@ Yvonne Howson, also well-said. Thanks to George Osborne my wife is £45000 short of the pension entitlement she paid in for. OK, so that's only about a tenth of the money he bilked from us when he was flipping his home and claiming expenses but it makes a great deal of difference to ordinary folks, who planned their retirement carefully and then were robbed, by the Bullingdon Boy, who was supposed to be representing us.

@ Buck; there was a lady from Liverpool who sang "anyone who had a heart". There is a female from "across the water" who says that it is "right" that people should depend upon food banks.
Jon Newell
Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 9:14 pm
I think it unfair to group Osborne and McVey with Hamilton.
Mr Hamilton took political opportunities to a different level. I do wonder who ever selected him as a candidate in the first place.
Martin Bell - where are you now?
You would win this seat in the blink of an eye on one basic premise - you could be trusted!
John Clegg
Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 9:17 pm
Chris Wigley,

The aqueduct.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7tvauOJMHo

No, actually, the A556 is often cited as one of his achievemnts.
Oliver Romain
Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 9:20 pm
Lisa you are missing the point. The story is not ‘business as usual’ it’s that the MP for Tatton has become a back bench MP. It is not business as usual in any way shape or form, so why have that as a headline? As an independent journalist it should be your decision what the headline is. Just because the press release has one headline doesn’t mean you have to use it. Part of your role should be to excercise editorial judgement. The whole story is pure propaganda. Your decision to cut and paste the story makes it look like you are a signed up member of the Tory Party.
Lisa Reeves
Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 9:35 pm
Oliver, I disagree I am not missing the point.

I chose the headline, it was not the headline of the press release. The reason I chose it was because I thought it would grab people's attention.

It is a quote from Esther McVey, and, as is the case with all quotes, I am neither agreeing or disagreeing with it. I leave it up to the readers to make their own judgement.
Peter Croome
Thursday 22nd November 2018 at 10:36 am
Whatever the headline, Esther Mcvey resigned on a point of principle, whether you agree with her view or not, she is to be commended for that. Time will tell how good she is as our MP - but don't condemn her yet by comparing her with Osborne.
Jon Williams
Thursday 22nd November 2018 at 10:37 am
Must admit, I have to agree with Oliver on this subject.
Mark Goldsmith
Saturday 24th November 2018 at 6:40 pm
@Oliver Romain; where as you are a paid up member of the Lib Dem’s, so how independent are you?

This is a web site for local news, not the Guardian, so stop trying to force your political views on Lisa who does a great job in keeping the town informed.