Our Kev’s Last Stand

I’m a bit late with this post but couldn’t let a momentous occasion for this blog such as this,  go by without a mention of Kevin Barron saying that he will stand down at the next election.

Our  Rother Valley MP says  it has been the honour of his life to represent his constituency for more than 36 years.

Here is his post on Twitter announcing the news, which, if I wasn’t blocked by him I would have seen sooner – but never mind.

Kevin Barron MP


It has been the greatest honour to represent the people of Rother Valley in Parliament for over thirty-six years and I sincerely thank all of my constituents for their support over the years. I have made the decision that this Parliamentary term will be my last. https://twitter.com/wizbates/status/1146433543524016131 

So, all the best to him for the future – no hard feelings or grudges held by maltbyblogger  on this subject.

Here’s hoping he has a long and pleasant retirement and that whoever follows him as our MP will do their best for the constituency, regardless of party politics or self interest.

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Still blocked

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Our Kevin – one of the 8

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United Kingdom’S Withdrawal from the EU: Recent Votes

Latest voting on Brexit 29th March


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I’m tired of the hate. We all should be

I read the piece in The Times by Rod Liddle and was shocked … and there’s precious little that does that these days.

I would have written a post on this myself but someone has done it already – and probably better.

So here it is :


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Tweet and Delete – is your MP in the list ?

Having been blocked on Twitter by my MP Kevin Barron years ago, in a dull moment or two, I have wondered if Kevin still takes part in the Twittersphere of information and misinformation sharing.

His website page here, Kevin Barron MP  gives contact details – email and telephone, but does not mention Twitter. The news page is not a very detailed report of what has been happening in either Parliament or Rother Valley.  If he uses Twitter to inform his constituents of his policies, then I am missing out on important information.

Yesterday,  I received a link from  this account

Politwoops – Tweets MPs Delete

which claims to list the deleted Tweets of MPs.

Now of course, all of us who engage in Twitter or any other social media, will have written posts which on second thinking, we decide to either reword or delete altogether.  Nothing strange about that.

But I am more curious about the thoughts and actions of my MP because of the “blocked” situation, than I might generally be and so find Politwoops an interesting read.            After all, as we have recently been reminded, on the anniversary of Tony Benn’s death :

“Members of Parliament are LENT the powers of their constituents and they must return the powers UNDIMINISHED. It’s not for members of parliament to give away powers that were lent to them because they don’t belong to them. They belong to the electorate – and that is a critical matter”.

Tony Benn on Democracy

So, what do you think ?

Is looking at my MP’s deleted tweets a good way to understand their true thinking … or is it just unethical and none of my business ?

All comments responded to in confidence.


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Extending Article 50

It is difficult to keep up with the number of amendments and amendments to amendments which are being voted on almost daily in Parliament at the moment.

For those interested, here is our MP’s latest voting record.

Comments and discussion welcome and mb shall endeavour to respond.



Sir Kevin Barron voted for extending Article 50

(Rother Valley, Labour)

Sir Kevin Barron

On 12 March, Sir Kevin Barron voted for Theresa May’s deal.

Voting record on the following amendments:

  • AgainstCross-party remainers amendment to request an extension of Article 50 in order to have another referendum. (Amendment failed)
  • AgainstBenn/Cooper amendment to allow MPs to debate a Brexit motion that could lead to Parliament holding a series of indicative votes on different Brexit options. (Amendment failed)
  • AgainstLabour amendment to reject the PM’s deal and the idea of leaving without a deal. It also calls for an extension to Brexit talks to provide parliamentary time to find a majority for a different approach. (Amendment failed)
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