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Lichfield MP says city swimming pool must stay open until replacement is found

Lichfield’s MP says a city swimming pool must stay open until a replacement is found.

Friary Grange Leisure Centre
Friary Grange Leisure Centre

Michael Fabricant’s comments come as the future of Friary Grange Leisure Centre continues to hang in the balance.

Lichfield District Council will make a decision in October after delaying a previous plan to shut the facility from April 2020.

Thousands have signed a petition to save the centre, with the Bishop of Lichfield also insisting it is “the wrong decision” to shut Friary Grange.

Mr Fabricant told followers on Twitter that he had made his feelings clear to Cllr Doug Pullen, the leader of Lichfield District Council.

The Conservative MP has previously called for an end to “bad blood” between the various parties involved in the discussions over the future of the leisure centre.

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  1. brian pretty

    11th August, 2019 at 8:28 am

    michael fabricant still making excuses for government cuts -nothing from him ever changes

  2. Steve

    11th August, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    I did not realise you had tweeted.

    Keep up the hard work.

  3. CDC

    11th August, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Those 8000 votes on the petition must be making him twitchy ! Oh if only we had an MP that really cared about the day to day things that matter to his constituents

  4. Philip Allso

    12th August, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Michael, a general election is looming. Better show your worth before its too late !

  5. Michael Fielding

    12th August, 2019 at 9:57 am

    The day an MP cares about his constituency are long gone all they care about is their fat salary and gold plated pensions. When did fabricant visit the leisure centre, use the gym or go for a swim. As a regular gym user I have never seen him there

  6. Nodge

    12th August, 2019 at 10:30 am

    El Fab doesn’t give a toss about the constituency, and the clowns who keep voting for him will continue to do so because they’re terrified of being taxed more by Corbyn and pals. Fabricant has one of the safest seats in the country and he’s exactly what Lichfield deserves for continuing to vote for him and his blue mates in LDC/SCC.

  7. CDC

    12th August, 2019 at 11:46 am

    It might not be such a safe bet next time round with BXP already announcing they’ll field a Lichfield candidate. He only increased his majority last time because UKIP didnt stand against him.
    Maybe its time for him to find his way to Friary Grange and use the gym and pool there and show support the 8000+ petition signers. Who knows, he could have one of his fancy dress photo ops there!

  8. Steve

    12th August, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I would love to see someone like Joanne Grange stand for election.

    It has been refreshing to see someone actually look at the facts and make decisions based on what is best for the local area.

  9. Amanda

    12th August, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Fabricant is a complete waste of space. Years ago in a general election a bod with a blue rosette knocked on my door asking if I was voting for him. NO, I said give me one good reason why I should, the reply…. wait for it ….. oh it’s a shame if he doesn’t get in he’s done so much for Lichfield. Told them to sod off and not come back.

  10. Joanne Grange

    13th August, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Steve – thank you, and whilst I hate to disappoint – not a chance!

  11. Michael

    13th August, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Fabricant doesn’t give a toss about anyone other than himself and his fragile “profile”. This is a man who voted to freeze teachers and nurses pay in the name of “austerity”, while accepting several pay rises in the same period. How can that be morally defensible?? He also voted in support of the Iraq war.

    He is ignorant, rude, and an embarrassment to Lichfield.

  12. Cathy

    14th August, 2019 at 7:21 am

    I invite everybody to look in details at Mr Fabricant’s expenses list. Some of the items are questionable to say the least. £12 per month subscription to New York Times? How does that fall within the remit of a Staffordshire MP?? Surely that’s more personal that “business need”? Why should we pay for him to read a New York newspaper?!!/mp/240

    I’m a civil servant. Do you think I can claim expenses for any British newspaper??? Ehm…no.

  13. Annie

    14th August, 2019 at 7:30 am

    How Michael Fabricant voted on Welfare and Benefits

    Generally voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the “bedroom tax”)

    Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices

    Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability.

    Consistently voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support

    Almost always voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits

    Almost always voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed


    Can we please get rid of this self obsessed buffoon?

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