Row erupts as Bolton West MP Julie Hilling claims she wasn't given enough notice of chancellor George Osborne's visit to Horwich

Row erupts as MP claims she wasn't given enough notice of George Osborne's visit

George Osborne on his visit to Horwich

Bolton West MP Julie Hilling

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

BOLTON West MP Julie Hilling has claimed she was not given sufficient notice that chancellor George Osborne would be visiting her constituency.

Mr Osborne enjoyed a tour of businesses in Horwich on Thursday.

But Ms Hilling said she only found out about the visit after it had finished — when a letter arrived on the day.

Mr Osborne’s office said a letter had been sent in advance as it would be in all other similar constituency visits.

The visit was hosted by Conservative Chris Green who will battle it out with Ms Hilling for her Bolton West seat at the 2015 general election.

Ms Hilling said she felt it was “proper MP protocol” that she should have been informed “in good time” about the event in her constituency.

She added: “It is my understanding that I should have been told about the chancellor’s visit to my constituency at least a day before but I didn’t receive the letter until the afternoon of the day he arrived.

“I think it is bad manners not to properly inform the MP of the constituency you are attending and it is something you should always try to do — I also think that a high-profile MP like George Osborne should take a lead on this.”

A spokesman for the chancellor’s office said: “A letter was sent in advance in the same way as with all other visits to constituencies.”

Mr Osborne’s trip to Horwich saw him tour a number of independent businesses in the Winter Hey Lane area to see how they were doing and to see what could be done to help them progress.

One venue he did not frequent was the Thyme Deli after owner Amanda Biggs told his team the day before that they would not be able to use the cafe for a sit-down base because she could not afford to miss out on her lunchtime service or risk uprooting regular customers.

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9:36am Sun 11 May 14

Gore Seer says...

I Thought Politicians Do Fly Visits To Keep The Protesting To A Minimum, I see We Are Not Allowed To Comment On The BMP.
I Thought Politicians Do Fly Visits To Keep The Protesting To A Minimum, I see We Are Not Allowed To Comment On The BMP. Gore Seer
  • Score: 4

10:09am Sun 11 May 14

the hand says...

So mp Julie hilling was upset by Osborne visit to horwich well I'd be upset ifshe visited horwich but she's no need to worry she'll lose her seat next year anyway hopefully to a ukip candidate if not then the monster raving loonies also did Osborne visit the loco works site where they propose to build all them
Houses against the wishes of the locals that was probably his primary principle of the visit in truth
So mp Julie hilling was upset by Osborne visit to horwich well I'd be upset ifshe visited horwich but she's no need to worry she'll lose her seat next year anyway hopefully to a ukip candidate if not then the monster raving loonies also did Osborne visit the loco works site where they propose to build all them Houses against the wishes of the locals that was probably his primary principle of the visit in truth the hand
  • Score: 5

10:17am Sun 11 May 14

the hand says...

Gore Seer wrote:
I Thought Politicians Do Fly Visits To Keep The Protesting To A Minimum, I see We Are Not Allowed To Comment On The BMP.
No we are not allowed a debate on the bnp on this forum why give a voice to racial bigotry that only people like you wish to air
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: I Thought Politicians Do Fly Visits To Keep The Protesting To A Minimum, I see We Are Not Allowed To Comment On The BMP.[/p][/quote]No we are not allowed a debate on the bnp on this forum why give a voice to racial bigotry that only people like you wish to air the hand
  • Score: -5

11:03am Sun 11 May 14

Changing times says...

I would have thought Julie Hilling should know what is going on in her constituency, irrespective of a letter........needs to get her ear to the ground a bit more.
I would have thought Julie Hilling should know what is going on in her constituency, irrespective of a letter........needs to get her ear to the ground a bit more. Changing times
  • Score: 10

12:29pm Sun 11 May 14

boltonnut says...

Changing times wrote:
I would have thought Julie Hilling should know what is going on in her constituency, irrespective of a letter........needs to get her ear to the ground a bit more.
I'm not surprised at this SNAFU,most politicians don't know their ar$e from their elbow anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Changing times[/bold] wrote: I would have thought Julie Hilling should know what is going on in her constituency, irrespective of a letter........needs to get her ear to the ground a bit more.[/p][/quote]I'm not surprised at this SNAFU,most politicians don't know their ar$e from their elbow anyway. boltonnut
  • Score: 4

12:53pm Sun 11 May 14

piszoff says...

WGAF
WGAF piszoff
  • Score: 0

3:04pm Sun 11 May 14

Gore Seer says...

the hand wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
I Thought Politicians Do Fly Visits To Keep The Protesting To A Minimum, I see We Are Not Allowed To Comment On The BMP.
No we are not allowed a debate on the bnp on this forum why give a voice to racial bigotry that only people like you wish to air
Yet According To Dispatches,Muslims Have Quite Of ten Teach Hate Racism In Learning Centres, And Assault Young Muslims,All This In England.
[quote][p][bold]the hand[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: I Thought Politicians Do Fly Visits To Keep The Protesting To A Minimum, I see We Are Not Allowed To Comment On The BMP.[/p][/quote]No we are not allowed a debate on the bnp on this forum why give a voice to racial bigotry that only people like you wish to air[/p][/quote]Yet According To Dispatches,Muslims Have Quite Of ten Teach Hate Racism In Learning Centres, And Assault Young Muslims,All This In England. Gore Seer
  • Score: -2

7:27pm Sun 11 May 14

Randolf Litler !!! says...

Ms Hilling
I would treat the missed visit as a blessing in disguise..

Also i would only trust ukip and the bnp anyway :-)
Ms Hilling I would treat the missed visit as a blessing in disguise.. Also i would only trust ukip and the bnp anyway :-) Randolf Litler !!!
  • Score: -3

10:27pm Sun 11 May 14

atlas123 says...

What was she going to do with earlier warning?
Nip out do a spot of painting, organise a litter pick, bung a few air freshener onLee Lane and import a couple of cucumber ssandwiches?
What was she going to do with earlier warning? Nip out do a spot of painting, organise a litter pick, bung a few air freshener onLee Lane and import a couple of cucumber ssandwiches? atlas123
  • Score: 6

12:33am Mon 12 May 14

MarkAllRead says...

Gore Seer wrote:
the hand wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
I Thought Politicians Do Fly Visits To Keep The Protesting To A Minimum, I see We Are Not Allowed To Comment On The BMP.
No we are not allowed a debate on the bnp on this forum why give a voice to racial bigotry that only people like you wish to air
Yet According To Dispatches,Muslims Have Quite Of ten Teach Hate Racism In Learning Centres, And Assault Young Muslims,All This In England.
Mate, you really need to learn to write properly if you want people to take your opinion seriously.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the hand[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: I Thought Politicians Do Fly Visits To Keep The Protesting To A Minimum, I see We Are Not Allowed To Comment On The BMP.[/p][/quote]No we are not allowed a debate on the bnp on this forum why give a voice to racial bigotry that only people like you wish to air[/p][/quote]Yet According To Dispatches,Muslims Have Quite Of ten Teach Hate Racism In Learning Centres, And Assault Young Muslims,All This In England.[/p][/quote]Mate, you really need to learn to write properly if you want people to take your opinion seriously. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 3

12:46am Mon 12 May 14

MarkAllRead says...

Do these people not have email? Why does she need a letter through the post?
Do these people not have email? Why does she need a letter through the post? MarkAllRead
  • Score: 5

9:20am Mon 12 May 14

Gore Seer says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
the hand wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
I Thought Politicians Do Fly Visits To Keep The Protesting To A Minimum, I see We Are Not Allowed To Comment On The BMP.
No we are not allowed a debate on the bnp on this forum why give a voice to racial bigotry that only people like you wish to air
Yet According To Dispatches,Muslims Have Quite Of ten Teach Hate Racism In Learning Centres, And Assault Young Muslims,All This In England.
Mate, you really need to learn to write properly if you want people to take your opinion seriously.
Mate Dont Read It,I Don't Read Your Comment.
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the hand[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: I Thought Politicians Do Fly Visits To Keep The Protesting To A Minimum, I see We Are Not Allowed To Comment On The BMP.[/p][/quote]No we are not allowed a debate on the bnp on this forum why give a voice to racial bigotry that only people like you wish to air[/p][/quote]Yet According To Dispatches,Muslims Have Quite Of ten Teach Hate Racism In Learning Centres, And Assault Young Muslims,All This In England.[/p][/quote]Mate, you really need to learn to write properly if you want people to take your opinion seriously.[/p][/quote]Mate Dont Read It,I Don't Read Your Comment. Gore Seer
  • Score: -3

1:14pm Mon 12 May 14

the hand says...

Gore Seer wrote:
MarkAllRead wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
the hand wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
I Thought Politicians Do Fly Visits To Keep The Protesting To A Minimum, I see We Are Not Allowed To Comment On The BMP.
No we are not allowed a debate on the bnp on this forum why give a voice to racial bigotry that only people like you wish to air
Yet According To Dispatches,Muslims Have Quite Of ten Teach Hate Racism In Learning Centres, And Assault Young Muslims,All This In England.
Mate, you really need to learn to write properly if you want people to take your opinion seriously.
Mate Dont Read It,I Don't Read Your Comment.
Er if you don't read his comments why you replying is it just me or are you a fool
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the hand[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: I Thought Politicians Do Fly Visits To Keep The Protesting To A Minimum, I see We Are Not Allowed To Comment On The BMP.[/p][/quote]No we are not allowed a debate on the bnp on this forum why give a voice to racial bigotry that only people like you wish to air[/p][/quote]Yet According To Dispatches,Muslims Have Quite Of ten Teach Hate Racism In Learning Centres, And Assault Young Muslims,All This In England.[/p][/quote]Mate, you really need to learn to write properly if you want people to take your opinion seriously.[/p][/quote]Mate Dont Read It,I Don't Read Your Comment.[/p][/quote]Er if you don't read his comments why you replying is it just me or are you a fool the hand
  • Score: 2

1:16pm Mon 12 May 14

the hand says...

And what dispatches those quoted from bnp no doubt
And what dispatches those quoted from bnp no doubt the hand
  • Score: 1

7:21pm Mon 12 May 14

Lancashire always says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
the hand wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
I Thought Politicians Do Fly Visits To Keep The Protesting To A Minimum, I see We Are Not Allowed To Comment On The BMP.
No we are not allowed a debate on the bnp on this forum why give a voice to racial bigotry that only people like you wish to air
Yet According To Dispatches,Muslims Have Quite Of ten Teach Hate Racism In Learning Centres, And Assault Young Muslims,All This In England.
Mate, you really need to learn to write properly if you want people to take your opinion seriously.
Thought my eyes had gone funny then ! Thanks
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the hand[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: I Thought Politicians Do Fly Visits To Keep The Protesting To A Minimum, I see We Are Not Allowed To Comment On The BMP.[/p][/quote]No we are not allowed a debate on the bnp on this forum why give a voice to racial bigotry that only people like you wish to air[/p][/quote]Yet According To Dispatches,Muslims Have Quite Of ten Teach Hate Racism In Learning Centres, And Assault Young Muslims,All This In England.[/p][/quote]Mate, you really need to learn to write properly if you want people to take your opinion seriously.[/p][/quote]Thought my eyes had gone funny then ! Thanks Lancashire always
  • Score: 0

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