Bournemouth MP criticises minister’s 'risible' reply over Navitus Bay wind farm concerns

Bournemouth MP criticises minister’s 'risible' reply over Navitus Bay wind farm concerns

Bournemouth MP criticises minister’s 'risible' reply over Navitus Bay wind farm concerns

MP Conor Burns

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A BOURNEMOUTH MP has criticised a government minister’s “risible” response to concerns about the impact of the proposed Navitus Bay wind farm.

Conor Burns, Conservative MP for Bournemouth West, said culture minister Ed Vaizey failed to respond to any of the specific questions put to him during a Parliamentary debate, despite being given details in advance.

Mr Burns said: “I thought Wednesday night showed the very best of Parliament and the very worst of government.

“You had local MPs all uniting to put pressure on the Government over an issue of profound level of concern and you had a ministerial reply which was risible, that didn’t address directly any of the six questions that I deliberately directly put.

“I had done him the courtesy of ringing him to tell him the direct questions I was going to put to him. I was profoundly disappointed in the inadequacy of his reply.”

He said the Department of Culture, Media and Sport had a statutory obligation to protect the interests of Britain’s only natural world heritage site and said the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which advises UNESCO, had advised the assessment carried out by Navitus was “flawed”.

“The minister just swept over that,” he said.

“This raises questions on the credibility and objectivity of the assessment.

“Frankly what I now intend to do is seek a meeting with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and ask him to have a review of his department’s handling of the letter of concern from this organisation.”

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7:29am Sat 12 Jul 14

ShuttleX says...

Conor Burns, Conservative MP for Bournemouth West, said culture minister Ed Vaizey failed to respond to any of the specific questions put to him during a Parliamentary debate, despite being given details in advance.

Fancy that, Mr Burns never got a straight answer from a politician. Now he knows how the rest of us feel when we ask our MP's a question, and get a meaningless letter, that says nothing, back in return.

Any one would think an election was coming up soon. The amount of MP's sticking their heads above the parapets is amazing........ I find it amusing that the only thing our local MP's are willing to rant and rave about, is something they have no say over. Talk about pleasing both sides of the camp. Those against the wind farm will remember their MP;s speaking up for them, and those in favour really won't care what MP's said once the thing is built. You can lobby the likes of Mr Burns as much as you like. For all his waffle, his voice in Government is about as loud as a **** in a storm. he might come across as a caring person, but his voting record shows a different person. http://www.theyworkf
oryou.com/mp/24780/c
onor_burns/bournemou
th_west/votes You can see he is very much a "rich" persons MP. anybody else, isn't worth a penny.
Conor Burns, Conservative MP for Bournemouth West, said culture minister Ed Vaizey failed to respond to any of the specific questions put to him during a Parliamentary debate, despite being given details in advance. Fancy that, Mr Burns never got a straight answer from a politician. Now he knows how the rest of us feel when we ask our MP's a question, and get a meaningless letter, that says nothing, back in return. Any one would think an election was coming up soon. The amount of MP's sticking their heads above the parapets is amazing........ I find it amusing that the only thing our local MP's are willing to rant and rave about, is something they have no say over. Talk about pleasing both sides of the camp. Those against the wind farm will remember their MP;s speaking up for them, and those in favour really won't care what MP's said once the thing is built. You can lobby the likes of Mr Burns as much as you like. For all his waffle, his voice in Government is about as loud as a **** in a storm. he might come across as a caring person, but his voting record shows a different person. http://www.theyworkf oryou.com/mp/24780/c onor_burns/bournemou th_west/votes You can see he is very much a "rich" persons MP. anybody else, isn't worth a penny. ShuttleX
  • Score: -4

7:43am Sat 12 Jul 14

rubberbandman5 says...

Well done Conor Burns for speaking up against wind turbines. No Lib Dems have to date had the courage to represent us, but I guess with poll ratings behind the Green Party Mrs Brookes MP is already looking for a lucrative job with loads of allowances in the house of Lords. Will Mrs Brookes write in and explain why she opposes us having a referendum on European membership. She is after all supposed to support her constituents and not the Germans!
Well done Conor Burns for speaking up against wind turbines. No Lib Dems have to date had the courage to represent us, but I guess with poll ratings behind the Green Party Mrs Brookes MP is already looking for a lucrative job with loads of allowances in the house of Lords. Will Mrs Brookes write in and explain why she opposes us having a referendum on European membership. She is after all supposed to support her constituents and not the Germans! rubberbandman5
  • Score: 13

8:11am Sat 12 Jul 14

maru says...

rubberbandman5 wrote:
Well done Conor Burns for speaking up against wind turbines. No Lib Dems have to date had the courage to represent us, but I guess with poll ratings behind the Green Party Mrs Brookes MP is already looking for a lucrative job with loads of allowances in the house of Lords. Will Mrs Brookes write in and explain why she opposes us having a referendum on European membership. She is after all supposed to support her constituents and not the Germans!
no
[quote][p][bold]rubberbandman5[/bold] wrote: Well done Conor Burns for speaking up against wind turbines. No Lib Dems have to date had the courage to represent us, but I guess with poll ratings behind the Green Party Mrs Brookes MP is already looking for a lucrative job with loads of allowances in the house of Lords. Will Mrs Brookes write in and explain why she opposes us having a referendum on European membership. She is after all supposed to support her constituents and not the Germans![/p][/quote]no maru
  • Score: -14

8:13am Sat 12 Jul 14

EGHH says...

Seeing as this government has stopped wind farms on land, the only option is to put them off the coast. You might as well get used to the idea it will be built as Whitehall will support it when the crunch comes.
Seeing as this government has stopped wind farms on land, the only option is to put them off the coast. You might as well get used to the idea it will be built as Whitehall will support it when the crunch comes. EGHH
  • Score: -42

8:16am Sat 12 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

Well MR Burns......now you know exactly how the electorate feel when they ask questions of MP's and Government.
Not nice is it?
Well MR Burns......now you know exactly how the electorate feel when they ask questions of MP's and Government. Not nice is it? BIGTONE
  • Score: -7

9:12am Sat 12 Jul 14

folkprotector says...

What were six questions asked?
What were six questions asked? folkprotector
  • Score: -15

9:28am Sat 12 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

Cut the dilly dallying and build nuclear before the lights go out completely, the only people pushing wind farms are those who will be made extremely wealthy due the the subsidies we the taxpayer have to fund.
Cut the dilly dallying and build nuclear before the lights go out completely, the only people pushing wind farms are those who will be made extremely wealthy due the the subsidies we the taxpayer have to fund. Hessenford
  • Score: 32

9:56am Sat 12 Jul 14

ShuttleX says...

rubberbandman5 wrote:
Well done Conor Burns for speaking up against wind turbines. No Lib Dems have to date had the courage to represent us, but I guess with poll ratings behind the Green Party Mrs Brookes MP is already looking for a lucrative job with loads of allowances in the house of Lords. Will Mrs Brookes write in and explain why she opposes us having a referendum on European membership. She is after all supposed to support her constituents and not the Germans!
You might want to check Mr Burns record for voting before you just point the finger at Mrs Brookes. He too is against the public having a say on Europe.
[quote][p][bold]rubberbandman5[/bold] wrote: Well done Conor Burns for speaking up against wind turbines. No Lib Dems have to date had the courage to represent us, but I guess with poll ratings behind the Green Party Mrs Brookes MP is already looking for a lucrative job with loads of allowances in the house of Lords. Will Mrs Brookes write in and explain why she opposes us having a referendum on European membership. She is after all supposed to support her constituents and not the Germans![/p][/quote]You might want to check Mr Burns record for voting before you just point the finger at Mrs Brookes. He too is against the public having a say on Europe. ShuttleX
  • Score: -17

10:45am Sat 12 Jul 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

I expect it will come down to who pays the biggest bribe in the end.
I expect it will come down to who pays the biggest bribe in the end. Bob Bournemouth
  • Score: -17

11:01am Sat 12 Jul 14

sea poole says...

ShuttleX -MPs sticking their heads above the parapets...? Try telling that one to the Poole MP (Missing Person). He's well and truly stuck IN the trenches -far too busy filling out expenses forms and trying to work out how to assemble IKEA flatpacks...
ShuttleX -MPs sticking their heads above the parapets...? Try telling that one to the Poole MP (Missing Person). He's well and truly stuck IN the trenches -far too busy filling out expenses forms and trying to work out how to assemble IKEA flatpacks... sea poole
  • Score: -25

11:25am Sat 12 Jul 14

Townee says...

No of the MP's who are supposed to represent me have asked my opinion about the wind farm. So it looks like they don't want it or the few against have put pressure on them because of next years general election. Most people in this area don't care if they a built because it won't effect them.
I was watching a program last night and in the back ground were some wind farm towers, you could just see them and they are 6 kilometre from shore. Ours will be further out to sea so will be even smaller and won't make any difference.
Just get on a build them so I can have something to look at before I die.
No of the MP's who are supposed to represent me have asked my opinion about the wind farm. So it looks like they don't want it or the few against have put pressure on them because of next years general election. Most people in this area don't care if they a built because it won't effect them. I was watching a program last night and in the back ground were some wind farm towers, you could just see them and they are 6 kilometre from shore. Ours will be further out to sea so will be even smaller and won't make any difference. Just get on a build them so I can have something to look at before I die. Townee
  • Score: -30

11:31am Sat 12 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

Naturally the minister is going to be at best vague on the subject of wind farms, even if like many people he now believes they are nothing more than a money making and tax raising scam. Because it certainly would not be a good career move for a recovering politician who has previously apologised for dropping a £70k expenses clanger to condemn wind farms when the family-in-law of his current Boss are apparently amongst those doing very nicely from one on their land. All in it together - as they say?
Naturally the minister is going to be at best vague on the subject of wind farms, even if like many people he now believes they are nothing more than a money making and tax raising scam. Because it certainly would not be a good career move for a recovering politician who has previously apologised for dropping a £70k expenses clanger to condemn wind farms when the family-in-law of his current Boss are apparently amongst those doing very nicely from one on their land. All in it together - as they say? muscliffman
  • Score: -28

12:06pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Tripod says...

How can you judge the answer without knowing the question?
How can you judge the answer without knowing the question? Tripod
  • Score: -20

8:51pm Sat 12 Jul 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Was going to say ,"told you the council had
Was going to say ,"told you the council had kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -18

8:53pm Sat 12 Jul 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Told you so now build the bloody thing
Told you so now build the bloody thing kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -28

9:09pm Sat 12 Jul 14

TheDistrict says...

Conor Burns, you are such a hypocrit. On a number of occasions I have had cause to write to you only receiving an out of the draw, printed response on behalf of Conor Burns. On other ocassions he has attended local ward meetings and again has never answered questions as he should. Therefore why does he expect others to respond to his questions or questions put by Navitus Bay. The man is totally out of his depth and deep down knows that this project will go ahead. An embarrassment to the town of Bournemouth.
Conor Burns, you are such a hypocrit. On a number of occasions I have had cause to write to you only receiving an out of the draw, printed response on behalf of Conor Burns. On other ocassions he has attended local ward meetings and again has never answered questions as he should. Therefore why does he expect others to respond to his questions or questions put by Navitus Bay. The man is totally out of his depth and deep down knows that this project will go ahead. An embarrassment to the town of Bournemouth. TheDistrict
  • Score: -30

8:58am Sun 13 Jul 14

Charles_F says...

Can we relocate Cllr Jane Kelly to Navitus Bay wind farm??
Can we relocate Cllr Jane Kelly to Navitus Bay wind farm?? Charles_F
  • Score: -30

10:57am Sun 13 Jul 14

yet_another_one says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
Told you so now build the bloody thing
Absolutely - the Navitus Bay project is necessary.
Sounds like the government is leaning that way too by reading between the lines.
Our local MP's are in opposition because they fear a backlash at the polls but should realise the vast majority are in favour of Navitus Bay despite the large number of objections from people who quite clearly are nothing more than NIMBY's.
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: Told you so now build the bloody thing[/p][/quote]Absolutely - the Navitus Bay project is necessary. Sounds like the government is leaning that way too by reading between the lines. Our local MP's are in opposition because they fear a backlash at the polls but should realise the vast majority are in favour of Navitus Bay despite the large number of objections from people who quite clearly are nothing more than NIMBY's. yet_another_one
  • Score: -37

12:29am Mon 14 Jul 14

Actualbournemouthsupporter says...

Nuclear is definitely the way forward, I can't see the world having a nuclear waste crisis/ running out of resources in the nest few hundred years, but who cares if it does?! Not gonna affect me! But what about those selfish people in the 1800s who decided to run the world on fossil fuels, look what they've left us with! Wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, wave, tidal... its the way forward, unless by some miracle nuclear fusion is made viable which I doubt will happen in the near future.
Nuclear is definitely the way forward, I can't see the world having a nuclear waste crisis/ running out of resources in the nest few hundred years, but who cares if it does?! Not gonna affect me! But what about those selfish people in the 1800s who decided to run the world on fossil fuels, look what they've left us with! Wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, wave, tidal... its the way forward, unless by some miracle nuclear fusion is made viable which I doubt will happen in the near future. Actualbournemouthsupporter
  • Score: 7

10:46am Mon 14 Jul 14

Argie Bhagie says...

No to wind farms, no to tidal generation - lets rely on Arabs and the Middle east for fossil fuels.
No to wind farms, no to tidal generation - lets rely on Arabs and the Middle east for fossil fuels. Argie Bhagie
  • Score: -4

10:00am Tue 15 Jul 14

yet_another_one says...

Argie Bhagie wrote:
No to wind farms, no to tidal generation - lets rely on Arabs and the Middle east for fossil fuels.
What a thought - I believe you should've been considered for the role of Environment Secretary in the Downing Street reshuffle.
[quote][p][bold]Argie Bhagie[/bold] wrote: No to wind farms, no to tidal generation - lets rely on Arabs and the Middle east for fossil fuels.[/p][/quote]What a thought - I believe you should've been considered for the role of Environment Secretary in the Downing Street reshuffle. yet_another_one
  • Score: 1

10:17am Tue 15 Jul 14

mooninpisces says...

yet_another_one wrote:
Argie Bhagie wrote:
No to wind farms, no to tidal generation - lets rely on Arabs and the Middle east for fossil fuels.
What a thought - I believe you should've been considered for the role of Environment Secretary in the Downing Street reshuffle.
Anyone would be an improvement on Owen Paterson.
[quote][p][bold]yet_another_one[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Argie Bhagie[/bold] wrote: No to wind farms, no to tidal generation - lets rely on Arabs and the Middle east for fossil fuels.[/p][/quote]What a thought - I believe you should've been considered for the role of Environment Secretary in the Downing Street reshuffle.[/p][/quote]Anyone would be an improvement on Owen Paterson. mooninpisces
  • Score: 1

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