Pickles has made only ONE ministerial visit in SIX months

It emerged today that communities secretary Eric Pickles has only made ONE ministerial visit in the last SIX months, reports Shamik Das.

It’s fast becoming a week to forget for Eric Pickles. Following his embarrassing error over council bosses’ pay on the Today programme on Wednesday, it emerged today that the communities secretary has only made one ministerial visit in the last six months – and has not made a single visit to the North East, South East, East of England or a London borough since his appointment.

His six visits in his 40 weeks as Secretary of State have been to:

• The royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council area, on 7 June 2010;

• The city of Bradford metropolitan district council area, on 29 June 2010;

• The Bournemouth borough council area, from 6 to 8 July 2010;

• The Liverpool city council area, on 19 July 2010;

• The Southampton city council area, on 28 July 2010; and

• The Birmingham city council area, on 20 January 2011.

While Minister of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLGGreg Clark, the Minister for Decentralisation, has only ever made four ministerial visits – and none since last July:

• The London borough of Wandsworth area on 25 June 2010;

• The Liverpool city council area, on 19 July 2010;

• The Bristol city council area, on 26 July 2010; and

• The Bradford city council area, on 29 July 2010.

The facts were revealed in a Parliamentary Written Answer from Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Bob Neil in response to a Parliamentary Written Question from shadow local government secretary Caroline Flint, and also show that not one single member of the six-strong DCLG ministerial team has made an official visit to the North East.

20 Responses to “Pickles has made only ONE ministerial visit in SIX months”

  1. Philip Cane

    RT @leftfootfwd: Pickles has made only ONE ministerial visit in SIX months: //bit.ly/gRp12J reports @ShamikDas

  2. Political Animal

    RT @leftfootfwd Pickles has made only ONE ministerial visit in SIX months: //bit.ly/gRp12J <Problem is, there's councillors everywhere.

  3. politic animal

    RT @leftfootfwd Pickles has made only ONE ministerial visit in SIX months: //bit.ly/gRp12J <Problem is, there's councillors everywhere.

  4. hjlownsbrough

    RT @leftfootfwd: Pickles has made only ONE ministerial visit in SIX months: //bit.ly/gRp12J reports @ShamikDas

  5. Will Straw

    Are you a cllr who's invited Eric Pickles to your area? Dont hold your breath, he's only made 1 visit in 6 months: //bit.ly/h8W04g

  6. Harry Cole

    Too busy hard at work dismantling the mess. He’s had a great week. have you not see the daily press coverage of waste waste waste and pay. where do you think that is coming from? The magical story tree?

  7. Myles Winstone

    None of the six-strong DCLG ministerial team has made an official visit to the North East. //j.mp/fn63vx

  8. Michael Carr

    Pickles has made only ONE ministerial visit in SIX months – //bit.ly/iawECi – & NO local govt minister has visited the NE

  9. Martin Coward

    RT @leftfootfwd: no one in Communities & Local Government ministerial team has made official visit to North East: //bit.ly/iawECi

  10. JoshC

    It’s easier to ignore what miniscule conscience he may have if he doesn’t have to look the little people in the face.

  11. Broken OfBritain

    RT @leftfootfwd: Pickles has made only ONE ministerial visit in SIX months: //bit.ly/gRp12J reports @ShamikDas

  12. PJ

    Melt the fat bastard down and use him for candles – at least he’d be some use then.

  13. Mr. Sensible

    “week to forget?” I think you’re being a bit kind there, Shamik.

    Fortnight I’d have thought; remember that letter to the Times from those 91 Lib Dems?

  14. Stephen W

    “It’s fast becoming a week to forget for Eric Pickles. Following his embarrassing error over council bosses’ pay on the Today programme on Wendesday”

    And which day is Wendesday? Is it between Tuseday and Thusrday

  15. Shamik Das

    Thanks Stephen! Fixed.

  16. Mike King

    Living proof that they dare not let Porky Pig Pickles out… Must be for his own safety, surely? //ht.ly/3ZEXP

  17. Joshrob

    “@leftfootfwd: Pickles has made only ONE ministerial visit in SIX months: //bit.ly/gRp12J reports @ShamikDas” Talk about 'non-job'!

  18. Maureen Czarnecki

    Surprised that Greg Clark hasn’t been home to visit his old friends and schoolmates in South Bank, Middlesbrough.

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