Virendra Sharma has been appointed to a government post

Ealing Times: Cllr Sharma has been promoted Cllr Sharma has been promoted

EALING Southall’s MP was yesterday celebrating a promotion to a government post.

Councillor Virendra Sharma, who won the area’s by-election in August last year, has been appointed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to the Treasury and Home Office.

Cllr Sharma will be Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State at the Treasury and the Home Office, Phil Woolas MP, who has responsibility for Borders and Immigration.

Cllr Sharma, said: “It is a great honour to join the Treasury and Home Office teams - two of the most important government departments with direct and deep relevance to many of my constituents in Ealing Southall, to Black, Minority and Ethnic (BME) communities and every citizen affected by the current economic challenges, crime and involved in the immigration system.”

He added: “I hope to bring many years of local and national experience to the job. In London there are no more important challenges than helping families through the current economic difficulties, ensuring our managed migration system is fair and balanced, and that we tackle issues such as knife crime and drugs in the capital.”

The representative for Norwood Green, said his role will enhance the work he does within his constituency.

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9:55am Thu 6 Nov 08

LizH says...

Considering that Virendra Sharma has only spoken six times in parliament in the past year*, I'm really suprised by this news.

Sharma must be the most inactive MP in England. Have Laboour really got no one better that they could promote? Or is it that the like Sharma because he is obedient and never strays from the party line?

*Source: www.theyworkforyou.c
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Considering that Virendra Sharma has only spoken six times in parliament in the past year*, I'm really suprised by this news. Sharma must be the most inactive MP in England. Have Laboour really got no one better that they could promote? Or is it that the like Sharma because he is obedient and never strays from the party line? *Source: www.theyworkforyou.c om LizH

10:41am Thu 6 Nov 08

nigelbrooks says...

Given that Phil Woollas was "gagged" by Jacqui Smith when he proposed a balanced immigration policy (effectively a significant cut in migrant numbers) this could be a very interesting appointment.

As Phil Woollas has responsibility for Borders and Immigration I wonder if Mr Sharma realises that he will have even less 'impact' (if this is possible) on "the current economic challenges" about which he crows.
Given that Phil Woollas was "gagged" by Jacqui Smith when he proposed a balanced immigration policy (effectively a significant cut in migrant numbers) this could be a very interesting appointment. As Phil Woollas has responsibility for Borders and Immigration I wonder if Mr Sharma realises that he will have even less 'impact' (if this is possible) on "the current economic challenges" about which he crows. nigelbrooks

12:14pm Thu 6 Nov 08

mick1627 says...

Goodbye labour my old friend,its been nice knowing you.The old road may have been slippery but now its full of grease.Its just goes to show how far labour have fallen.come on libs or tories choose me run against this rif raff.If labour get back in for southall next election then all the tories and libs should hang their heads in shame.
Goodbye labour my old friend,its been nice knowing you.The old road may have been slippery but now its full of grease.Its just goes to show how far labour have fallen.come on libs or tories choose me run against this rif raff.If labour get back in for southall next election then all the tories and libs should hang their heads in shame. mick1627

1:19pm Thu 6 Nov 08

nigelbrooks says...

Totally agree Mick, with a half-decent local (not parachuted in) candidate then Labour are history.
Totally agree Mick, with a half-decent local (not parachuted in) candidate then Labour are history. nigelbrooks

1:40pm Thu 6 Nov 08

George Knox says...

Apart from They work for you how do you really know what work this man does?
He might work hard behind the scenes.
Apart from They work for you how do you really know what work this man does? He might work hard behind the scenes. George Knox

4:59pm Thu 6 Nov 08

nigelbrooks says...

His record of speeches in the House and his (sparse would be kind) number of appearances as a councillor, for which he still draws an allowance, would srongly suggest otherwise George.
His record of speeches in the House and his (sparse would be kind) number of appearances as a councillor, for which he still draws an allowance, would srongly suggest otherwise George. nigelbrooks

5:09pm Thu 6 Nov 08

George Knox says...

Nigel
Does that really answer the question?
Nigel Does that really answer the question? George Knox

5:21pm Thu 6 Nov 08

LizH says...

That's because it's not possible for anyone to prove that Sharma does no work, but that fact that he has no results to show after 1.5 years in his job goes someway to proving that he does very little.

Beyond the issue of Sharma's lack of action in parliament, he's also a local councillor who doesn't attend council meetings.

So, that's what Sharma DOESN'T do; what do you think he DOES do?
That's because it's not possible for anyone to prove that Sharma does no work, but that fact that he has no results to show after 1.5 years in his job goes someway to proving that he does very little. Beyond the issue of Sharma's lack of action in parliament, he's also a local councillor who doesn't attend council meetings. So, that's what Sharma DOESN'T do; what do you think he DOES do? LizH

5:39pm Thu 6 Nov 08

George Knox says...

He does say he has surgeries.
Perhaps a brave Times Editor should run a vote on the subject
He does say he has surgeries. Perhaps a brave Times Editor should run a vote on the subject George Knox

10:04pm Thu 6 Nov 08

nigelbrooks says...

George Knox wrote:
He does say he has surgeries. Perhaps a brave Times Editor should run a vote on the subject
George, I think the only vote that will count will be at the next General Election which, for me, cannot come soon enough.

[quote][p][bold]George Knox[/bold] wrote: He does say he has surgeries. Perhaps a brave Times Editor should run a vote on the subject[/p][/quote]George, I think the only vote that will count will be at the next General Election which, for me, cannot come soon enough. nigelbrooks

9:40am Fri 7 Nov 08

LizH says...

All MPs have surgeries, but the rest also take part in debates in parliament.

According to the Ealing Council website, Sharma has two surgeries a month. Spending two mornings a month speaking to constituents does not represent a month's work.
All MPs have surgeries, but the rest also take part in debates in parliament. According to the Ealing Council website, Sharma has two surgeries a month. Spending two mornings a month speaking to constituents does not represent a month's work. LizH

11:49am Fri 7 Nov 08

nigelbrooks says...

Mr Sharma has, as noted, spoken in a 'massive' six debates in the past year.

By comparison; Steve Pound has spoken in 32 debates and Andrew Slaughter in 17. Both Pound and Slaughter have also replied to a significantly higher number of messages then Sharma according to www.theyworkforyou.c
om.

What, exactly does he do for his MP salary and Councillor's allowance?
Mr Sharma has, as noted, spoken in a 'massive' six debates in the past year. By comparison; Steve Pound has spoken in 32 debates and Andrew Slaughter in 17. Both Pound and Slaughter have also replied to a significantly higher number of messages then Sharma according to www.theyworkforyou.c om. What, exactly does he do for his MP salary and Councillor's allowance? nigelbrooks
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