'Bolton is better than London,' says Iain Duncan Smith

The Bolton News: Iain Duncan Smith in Bolton today Iain Duncan Smith in Bolton today

IT is certainly not grim up north — at least according to one government minister.

In fact, MP Iain Duncan Smith said that Bolton beats London and would be a “great place to relocate” — before remembering that his constituency is still down south.

During an interview with The Bolton News' politics reporter, Elaine O’Flynn, he praised Bolton and the investment it has received in recent years.

Mr Duncan Smith said: “It’s a great place to relocate, actually — it certainly beats London.

“I shouldn’t say that, actually — I’m a London MP. Apart from my constituency, of course.

“You don’t have the commuting to work et cetera around London - this beats it hands down.

“It’s a great place, it’s not too difficult to get to, it’s accessible now - and when HS2 comes it will really bring these kinds of areas right into the centre ground.

”It’s where you want to invest. You want to be up here because you can be anywhere else in a short matter of time.”

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4:51pm Fri 10 Jan 14

thomas222 says...

Hayling local election last night was won by UKIP in a landslide with 54% of the vote and the Conservatives losing 64 % of theirs from last time. Fools like this have destroyed the Conservative party.
Hayling local election last night was won by UKIP in a landslide with 54% of the vote and the Conservatives losing 64 % of theirs from last time. Fools like this have destroyed the Conservative party. thomas222

6:06pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Bolton5 says...

So the best thing about Bolton is that you can quickly get to somewhere else! Quite an astute man Mr IDS.
So the best thing about Bolton is that you can quickly get to somewhere else! Quite an astute man Mr IDS. Bolton5

6:10pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Iluminati says...

Total utter tosh. London is one of the largest Metropolitan City in the World,and can't be compared with Bolton. Is he already thinking " local election "? Perhaps he should be send up to Scotland. They need urgently some Tory seat!!!!!
Total utter tosh. London is one of the largest Metropolitan City in the World,and can't be compared with Bolton. Is he already thinking " local election "? Perhaps he should be send up to Scotland. They need urgently some Tory seat!!!!! Iluminati

6:12pm Fri 10 Jan 14

truth teller says...

nice one Mr Duncan swift maybe you would like to try living here.
would give you 24hours and off you would toddle back to London.
what a joke this countries politicians are. CLOWNS,,,,,,,,
nice one Mr Duncan swift maybe you would like to try living here. would give you 24hours and off you would toddle back to London. what a joke this countries politicians are. CLOWNS,,,,,,,, truth teller

6:16pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Toybox says...

thomas222 wrote:
Hayling local election last night was won by UKIP in a landslide with 54% of the vote and the Conservatives losing 64 % of theirs from last time. Fools like this have destroyed the Conservative party.
You sure about that? Hayling didn't have an election yesterday.
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Hayling local election last night was won by UKIP in a landslide with 54% of the vote and the Conservatives losing 64 % of theirs from last time. Fools like this have destroyed the Conservative party.[/p][/quote]You sure about that? Hayling didn't have an election yesterday. Toybox

6:55pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Donkey Stone says...

Every friday night it is impossible to go 5 yards in Farnworth without tripping over a high ranking Tory MP.
Every friday night it is impossible to go 5 yards in Farnworth without tripping over a high ranking Tory MP. Donkey Stone

7:07pm Fri 10 Jan 14

thomas222 says...

Toybox wrote:
thomas222 wrote: Hayling local election last night was won by UKIP in a landslide with 54% of the vote and the Conservatives losing 64 % of theirs from last time. Fools like this have destroyed the Conservative party.
You sure about that? Hayling didn't have an election yesterday.
Pardon me i meant Haverhill East. Same result wrong place! ; )
[quote][p][bold]Toybox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Hayling local election last night was won by UKIP in a landslide with 54% of the vote and the Conservatives losing 64 % of theirs from last time. Fools like this have destroyed the Conservative party.[/p][/quote]You sure about that? Hayling didn't have an election yesterday.[/p][/quote]Pardon me i meant Haverhill East. Same result wrong place! ; ) thomas222

7:13pm Fri 10 Jan 14

bullfrog says...

Iain Duncan Smith must think Boltonian's are as stupid as his own constituents.

Oh Mr. Smith how's the Bedroom tax fiasco going and your Universal Credit. Everything going according to plan is it (apart for the odd few £Hundred Million write off) ?

What about this private company that the are given £HundredsMillions of pounds to, to find the unemployed work in non-existent jobs. It turn's out that more jobs would be found by the unemployed looking for work themselves. But never mind, if it's a private company getting £Millions from the taxpayer then it must be a good idea.

Oh one more thing. Do you still stand-by your claims regarding your educational qualifications or would you prefer to tell the truth.
Iain Duncan Smith must think Boltonian's are as stupid as his own constituents. Oh Mr. Smith how's the Bedroom tax fiasco going and your Universal Credit. Everything going according to plan is it (apart for the odd few £Hundred Million write off) ? What about this private company that the are given £HundredsMillions of pounds to, to find the unemployed work in non-existent jobs. It turn's out that more jobs would be found by the unemployed looking for work themselves. But never mind, if it's a private company getting £Millions from the taxpayer then it must be a good idea. Oh one more thing. Do you still stand-by your claims regarding your educational qualifications or would you prefer to tell the truth. bullfrog

7:37pm Fri 10 Jan 14

truth teller says...

bullfrog wrote:
Iain Duncan Smith must think Boltonian's are as stupid as his own constituents.

Oh Mr. Smith how's the Bedroom tax fiasco going and your Universal Credit. Everything going according to plan is it (apart for the odd few £Hundred Million write off) ?

What about this private company that the are given £HundredsMillions of pounds to, to find the unemployed work in non-existent jobs. It turn's out that more jobs would be found by the unemployed looking for work themselves. But never mind, if it's a private company getting £Millions from the taxpayer then it must be a good idea.

Oh one more thing. Do you still stand-by your claims regarding your educational qualifications or would you prefer to tell the truth.
Tell the truth a politician ha ha your joking right
[quote][p][bold]bullfrog[/bold] wrote: Iain Duncan Smith must think Boltonian's are as stupid as his own constituents. Oh Mr. Smith how's the Bedroom tax fiasco going and your Universal Credit. Everything going according to plan is it (apart for the odd few £Hundred Million write off) ? What about this private company that the are given £HundredsMillions of pounds to, to find the unemployed work in non-existent jobs. It turn's out that more jobs would be found by the unemployed looking for work themselves. But never mind, if it's a private company getting £Millions from the taxpayer then it must be a good idea. Oh one more thing. Do you still stand-by your claims regarding your educational qualifications or would you prefer to tell the truth.[/p][/quote]Tell the truth a politician ha ha your joking right truth teller

8:15pm Fri 10 Jan 14

dougie kay says...

been to London twice.once as a tourist then again just to make sure ,that the first time was not anightmare ,
been to London twice.once as a tourist then again just to make sure ,that the first time was not anightmare , dougie kay

8:19pm Fri 10 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

thomas222 wrote:
Toybox wrote:
thomas222 wrote: Hayling local election last night was won by UKIP in a landslide with 54% of the vote and the Conservatives losing 64 % of theirs from last time. Fools like this have destroyed the Conservative party.
You sure about that? Hayling didn't have an election yesterday.
Pardon me i meant Haverhill East. Same result wrong place! ; )
LOL, we shall forgive you just this once. ;-) :-)

About the only thing IDS has said what is correct - Bolton is better than London by a stinking country mile. :-)

London's an OK place for visiting, but us northerners need to save up solid for 5 years minimum just to afford the petrol to drive to the hell hole of a place.

Can we just not 'saw off' the southern half of the nation from say south of Stafford? :-)
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Toybox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Hayling local election last night was won by UKIP in a landslide with 54% of the vote and the Conservatives losing 64 % of theirs from last time. Fools like this have destroyed the Conservative party.[/p][/quote]You sure about that? Hayling didn't have an election yesterday.[/p][/quote]Pardon me i meant Haverhill East. Same result wrong place! ; )[/p][/quote]LOL, we shall forgive you just this once. ;-) :-) About the only thing IDS has said what is correct - Bolton is better than London by a stinking country mile. :-) London's an OK place for visiting, but us northerners need to save up solid for 5 years minimum just to afford the petrol to drive to the hell hole of a place. Can we just not 'saw off' the southern half of the nation from say south of Stafford? :-) wsw69

8:43pm Fri 10 Jan 14

AndyMorton says...

See what drugs do to you? Ya say stupid things unless he on about a different bolton?
See what drugs do to you? Ya say stupid things unless he on about a different bolton? AndyMorton

9:26pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Sinalco says...

wsw69 wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
Toybox wrote:
thomas222 wrote: Hayling local election last night was won by UKIP in a landslide with 54% of the vote and the Conservatives losing 64 % of theirs from last time. Fools like this have destroyed the Conservative party.
You sure about that? Hayling didn't have an election yesterday.
Pardon me i meant Haverhill East. Same result wrong place! ; )
LOL, we shall forgive you just this once. ;-) :-)

About the only thing IDS has said what is correct - Bolton is better than London by a stinking country mile. :-)

London's an OK place for visiting, but us northerners need to save up solid for 5 years minimum just to afford the petrol to drive to the hell hole of a place.

Can we just not 'saw off' the southern half of the nation from say south of Stafford? :-)
I thought you've said south of Salford...
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Toybox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Hayling local election last night was won by UKIP in a landslide with 54% of the vote and the Conservatives losing 64 % of theirs from last time. Fools like this have destroyed the Conservative party.[/p][/quote]You sure about that? Hayling didn't have an election yesterday.[/p][/quote]Pardon me i meant Haverhill East. Same result wrong place! ; )[/p][/quote]LOL, we shall forgive you just this once. ;-) :-) About the only thing IDS has said what is correct - Bolton is better than London by a stinking country mile. :-) London's an OK place for visiting, but us northerners need to save up solid for 5 years minimum just to afford the petrol to drive to the hell hole of a place. Can we just not 'saw off' the southern half of the nation from say south of Stafford? :-)[/p][/quote]I thought you've said south of Salford... Sinalco

9:28pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Sinalco says...

wsw69 wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
Toybox wrote:
thomas222 wrote: Hayling local election last night was won by UKIP in a landslide with 54% of the vote and the Conservatives losing 64 % of theirs from last time. Fools like this have destroyed the Conservative party.
You sure about that? Hayling didn't have an election yesterday.
Pardon me i meant Haverhill East. Same result wrong place! ; )
LOL, we shall forgive you just this once. ;-) :-)

About the only thing IDS has said what is correct - Bolton is better than London by a stinking country mile. :-)

London's an OK place for visiting, but us northerners need to save up solid for 5 years minimum just to afford the petrol to drive to the hell hole of a place.

Can we just not 'saw off' the southern half of the nation from say south of Stafford? :-)
I thought you said south of Salford...
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Toybox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Hayling local election last night was won by UKIP in a landslide with 54% of the vote and the Conservatives losing 64 % of theirs from last time. Fools like this have destroyed the Conservative party.[/p][/quote]You sure about that? Hayling didn't have an election yesterday.[/p][/quote]Pardon me i meant Haverhill East. Same result wrong place! ; )[/p][/quote]LOL, we shall forgive you just this once. ;-) :-) About the only thing IDS has said what is correct - Bolton is better than London by a stinking country mile. :-) London's an OK place for visiting, but us northerners need to save up solid for 5 years minimum just to afford the petrol to drive to the hell hole of a place. Can we just not 'saw off' the southern half of the nation from say south of Stafford? :-)[/p][/quote]I thought you said south of Salford... Sinalco

9:31pm Fri 10 Jan 14

duffbikes says...

What he is really saying is, Bolton is the ideal place to move people to when they start moving those considered to be in properties that have huge value on the London market.
What he is really saying is, Bolton is the ideal place to move people to when they start moving those considered to be in properties that have huge value on the London market. duffbikes

10:07pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Liam-bwfc says...

Oh wow! Suddenly I want to vote for him, tell me how, is he conservative? Ok, I'll vote for them then, such a nice bloke being nice about our dear Bolton.


Not.


Would rather vote in Kim Jong-un than our current "dear leader".
Oh wow! Suddenly I want to vote for him, tell me how, is he conservative? Ok, I'll vote for them then, such a nice bloke being nice about our dear Bolton. Not. Would rather vote in Kim Jong-un than our current "dear leader". Liam-bwfc

12:23am Sat 11 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

AndyMorton wrote:
See what drugs do to you? Ya say stupid things unless he on about a different bolton?
Bolton Le Sands maybe
[quote][p][bold]AndyMorton[/bold] wrote: See what drugs do to you? Ya say stupid things unless he on about a different bolton?[/p][/quote]Bolton Le Sands maybe Comment777

9:33am Sat 11 Jan 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

I read it that, once there are better links that will take away what's left of Bolton industry, or at least the money resulting from it, to the wonders of the South - and export the excess residents to the cheaper housing of the North ....
I read it that, once there are better links that will take away what's left of Bolton industry, or at least the money resulting from it, to the wonders of the South - and export the excess residents to the cheaper housing of the North .... Boltonresident2012

11:19am Mon 13 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

Bolton not far from London.

Not far enough!!!
Bolton not far from London. Not far enough!!! Jim271

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