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South Derbyshire MP is looking forward to her new Westminster role

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 23, 2014

By Matthew Cobb

NEW POSITION . . . South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler.

NEW POSITION . . . South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler.

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HEATHER Wheeler has expressed her delight at being handed a new role as parliamentary private secretary to the attorney general, but says it will not affect her work in South Derbyshire.

The position will see her work alongside the Rt Hon Jeremy Wright to act as a buffer between him and backbench MPs, taking on board their questions and making sure that suitable responses are given.

It will also see her continue to spend four days a week in Westminster and allow her to use the rest of her time working in South Derbyshire.

Mrs Wheeler said: "It's no different to how I currently work, so I can remain committed to my constituency. It's still a largely Westminster-based job, and I have always been based there from Monday to Thursday in my role as an MP. From Friday to Sunday I will be in South Derbyshire working alongside my constituents.

"I'm delighted to have been appointed to my new role and I look forward to working with Jeremy. The position of attorney general is one of the oldest offices of state and it is an honour to be chosen to serve in this department."

Mrs Wheeler said she was looking forward to learning how the department works and hopes the new role is just the beginning of a journey that could lead her on to a greater position within the Conservative Party in the coming years.

She said: "Traditionally, becoming a parliamentary private secretary is the first step on the ladder to becoming a minister, which is something I would very much like to do in the future."

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  • mattlong  |  July 23 2014, 3:30PM

    I just feel that people using this social space without saying who they are is an act of cowardice and totally accept I am in the minority on this. As an athletics coach I suffered some mild abuse on Monday by an anonymous person who wanted to slate my ability and present me as egotistic just so I would not be able to offer my services to local athletes. I am sure they would not have the courage to say this to my face. Here's my 'mock' attempt with Heather: Dear Heather Well done on your recent promotion which I read about with this interest in the Burton Mail. Whilst I respect some of your good work in South Derbyshire I note there are several occasions where you have voted in Parliament on national decisions which I believe have impacted adversely on the people of South Derbyshire. I'd like to challenge you on the disparity between your appearance in the Burton Mail and this proactivity on the one hand and this voting for national measures which have reinforced austerity and cuts on the other. More specifically last November you voted to cut x.... etc Its a different tone and one in which the political left (much wider than any political party) seems reluctant to engender but its one which I believe is actually much more effective in holding people to account. Your closing question that 'what has she actually done for South Derbyshire in the last 4 years?' actually gives her the get out of jail card rather than pressing her on a specific issue or a specific vote which she has taken. You have moved from threatening to hold her to an account on the specific back to making a generic comment/ question in closure. Its an interesting discussion. And yes my lack of success in party politics compared to single issue campaigning does I would concede leave me in a minority on this one I guess.

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  • moonshine39  |  July 23 2014, 1:41PM

    Politically we are in a mess it does not master what party you support we have monumental problems to deal with ,the Media continues to disgrace itself(Latest hacking from the Sun) the misinformation that is contained on the internet the politicians and celebrities covering up their bad deeds the only thing I am sure of is that it is Wednesday 23rd of July 2014!!!!!!

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  • VotingRed  |  July 23 2014, 1:30PM

    Mattlong.....when a person chooses to become a candidate for Westminster they become open to personal criticism. There is a big difference between a personal attack of the person they are and one that criticises what they support as an elected member. The comment about looking for a new job wasn't 'barbed'....it was a wish and applies to many Tory and LibDem MPs as it will lead to defeat of this uncaring government. My moniker is not an attempt at anonymity but reflects the fact I support Labour and a football team that plays in red....(not any of the so called major teams although a Premier league club)...there ya go. PS....BM reporters are well aware of my identity. I would now ask you how am I to comment about an MPs record in parliament without reference to them which to you is a 'personal attack'? You find Heather a thoroughly decent human being for her work with mental health and I have no argument with that (I like and respect many people who others can't abide)....but ask yourself what caused the problem and how did she vote in Westminster when it came to the measures that created the problem.

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  • mattlong  |  July 23 2014, 12:10PM

    Speaking as someone no longer involved in party politics, I have to agree about the comments made about the austerity measures and the further rolling back of the state. It is right that the political left makes this point at very opportunity. This being said the anonymity of the posting encourages a barbed personal attack on Heather who from my work in mental health campaigning came across to me as a thoroughly decent human being. The barbed comment about the looking for the new job almost detracts from the excellent point about holding the MP to account for voting for austerity measures. It inadvertently gives her a get out of jail card because she can rightly say I am being attacked as a person. No need for this in a progressive political culture.

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  • VotingRed  |  July 23 2014, 11:13AM

    I sincerely hope Mrs Wheeler enjoys the position as it's possible (hopefully) she will be looking for a completely new job in 10 months time. That's because for the past 4 years she has propped up and supported a government that has attacked the most vulnerable people in her constituency while repeating the lie that it was all Labour's fault even after economic experts have refuted the claim. Austerity is a smokescreen to reduce the state and hand private companies contracts in public services and the NHS. I'd also ask what she has done for S.Derbyshire in the last 4 years.

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