Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Ian Hislop disappointed with Helen Grant

2nd January 2012
Private Eye editor and Kent resident, Ian Hislop has said that Helen Grant's recent behaviour was "very disappointing" in an email[2] to local Green, Stuart Jeffery. Ian Hislop chaired the selection panel which chose Helen Grant to replace Ann Widdecombe as Maidstone's MP. Stuart has welcomed the comment which adds to the weight of criticism and has repeated his calls for Mrs Grant to resign.

Stuart Jeffery, Maidstone Green Party: "I welcome Ian's honesty in his criticism of Helen Grant's actions. He has been vocal about the bad behaviour of other MPs and it was good to see him pulling no punches in his email to me.

"Her callous attitude towards Maidstone and the Weald constituents, her broken promises and her bending of the expenses rules for her own advantage all mean that she must go and is the reason that we have started an online petition[1] calling for her resignation."

Notes:
1. http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/helen-grant-should-resign.html
2. Email conversation between Ian Hislop and Stuart Jeffery:

Strobes wrote:

Thanks, yes, I saw this -- very disappointing. Will look into it.

Best, Ian Hislop

*From:*Stuart Jeffery [mailto:sjeffery@fmail.co.uk]
*Sent:* 20 November 2012 07:21
*To:* Strobes
*Subject:* Resign, Helen Grant MP!

Dear Mr Hislop,

I think Helen Grant may be your MP as well as mine and I recall that you were involved in her selection process. I therefore wondered if you might be interested in the campaign to get her to resign that I am starting given the revelations in the press this week. The email below went out to this morning and sets out the case.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Stuart

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