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Lichfield MP won’t be at Friary Grange Leisure Centre meeting – but hopes facility can be saved

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has confirmed he will not be at a meeting to decide the future of Friary Grange Leisure Centre – but says he is backing campaigners fighting to save it.

Friary Grange Leisure Centre
Friary Grange Leisure Centre

Thousands signed a petition forcing a review of plans to shut the city’s last public leisure centre.

Lichfield District Council will make a decision at a special meeting of the Cabinet being held at the Garrick theatre tomorrow (7th October).

Mr Fabricant said that although he would not be there, he hoped a way to save the centre would be found.

Michael Fabricant
Michael Fabricant

“Unfortunately, I have to be in Westminster on Monday evening,” he said. “I am on a Parliamentary committee passing a law on airline competition post-Brexit as well as other legislation.

“But the council know I strongly support the need to keep a public swimming pool in the city and I have discussed this both with the Council and with The Friary School.

“I will continue to stay in close contact with Cllr Doug Pullen [leader of the council] regarding this and have asked that he apologises for me and explains the reasons for my absence from the meeting on Monday evening. 

“Doug and I think as one about this issue so I am hoping for a positive outcome.

“I know that the council has been negotiating hard with the county council who own the facility and with The Friary School on whose grounds it is situated.”

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19 Comments

  1. Philip John

    6th October, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    He can’t make a crucial public meeting about saving an essential community facility, but it’s fine for him to skip his job to have a drink at a conference? https://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/1178782628482310148

  2. CDC

    6th October, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Lichfield MP announces he doesn’t care about the community that repeatedly elect him for doing little more than wear a blue rosette in the hustings

    No surprise there – he wouldn’t sign the petition either

  3. Mike

    6th October, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    What do expect from Fabricant his oppo in Tamworth my MP wrote to me saying he could not help but Fabricant was doing his bit by writing letters etc. You get what you soe next election get rid of them

  4. Burntwood Bloke

    6th October, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    In the last few days our esteemed local MP has been very busy. He started off making jokes about dog sex….

    https://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/1179001353777102851?s=09

    … then he was busy offering to have sex for money at the Conservative conference…

    https://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/1179022767628472321?s=09

    ..and then he was busy tweeting that European residents are not our friends….

    https://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/1179830149359050754?s=09

    Spending a few minutes fighting for Lichfield residents? That’s way down the list..

  5. Darryl

    6th October, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Sorry, what are you working on?

    Upcoming business
    Monday, 7 October 2019

    Commons: Main Chamber

    Work and Pensions (including Topical Questions) Oral questions; 2:30 pm
    The appointment of a Lay Member to the Speaker’s Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Motion
    To approve a statutory instrument relating to the draft Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointment Function) (No.2) Regulations 2019 Motion
    The Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill [HL]: committee and remaining stages Legislation
    Healthwatch Calderdale’s report on hypermobility syndromes – Craig Whittaker Adjournment debate

    Commons: Westminster Hall

    Deforestation in the Amazon – Daniel Zeichner Westminster Hall debate; 4:30 pm

    Commons: Select Committees

    Public Accounts: Transforming Courts and Tribunals: progress review 4:00 pm; Room 16, Palace of Westminster

    I don’t see anything about “airline competition.”

  6. DKR

    6th October, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Is anyone surprised? If only the people who keep electing him had one eye on the reality of life in Lichfield today.

  7. AgitatorOfPeople

    7th October, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Darryl, if there is a vote, and looking at the schedule you have found there is not, it will (or wont) be recorded by Hansard and “They work for you” will let us know very shortly!
    Surely our MP is not mimicking the PM by lying his way out of a situation…..

  8. Philip Allso

    7th October, 2019 at 11:31 am

    It is improbable that Michael Fabricant has jurisdiction over Staffordshire County Council or Lichfield District Council. Providing they are working within the law there is nothing he can do other than express his concern over the situation. To brand someone as a liar without corroborating evidence is a step too far. We voted in these council’s, perhaps one day we might realise there are consequences to our decisions as we are seeing here.

  9. Steve

    7th October, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    @Darryl. I was looking at that this morning also.

    Searching further. The only thing I can find is:

    Air Services (Competition) (Amendment and Revocation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 – Baroness Vere of Norbiton Orders and regulations

    But that is in The Lords

    https://www.theyworkforyou.com/calendar/?d=2019-10-07

    I don’t think Fab has been made a Lord yet.

  10. Michael Fabricant

    7th October, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    During the Conservative Party Conference, there were NO votes whatsoever in Parliament and the whips allowed me to go. The Committee I am on may be opposed by Labour and the Lib-Dems. The Government has a majority of one on that committee.

    Besides, I can only advise on the future of the Pool, not instruct. It does not involve national legislation as Philip John knows. Or should. It is up to Lichfield District Council and Lichfield District Council alone on how to address this issue.

    Incidentally, the Opposition who said they needed to scrutinise Parliament and so asked the Courts to oppose the prorogation, then had nothing to discuss in Parliament. (No wonder the Government currently has a national 15% lead over Labour in the polls and an even greater lead over the Lib Dems. Stunts of this type are not appreciated by the electorate).

  11. M L

    7th October, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Mr Fabricant the discussion is to whether yo or were not going to the meeting and a spurious committee that was more important not a time for you to come up with a party quote from your boss. You want to remember that 17million people is not a majority and you should act for all your constituents not the minority that support Boris the clown

  12. Steven Norman

    7th October, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Not even to apologise for the Council cuts that put LDC into this position albeit supported by the Conservative Councillors of course?

  13. Steve

    8th October, 2019 at 11:09 am

    4.30 pm

    The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Chris Heaton-Harris)
    I beg to move,…..

    Michael Fabricant (Lichfield) (Con)
    That all makes incredible sense to me, but what discussions has my hon. Friend had with British Airways, easyJet and other major UK carriers regarding this measure, and are they in full support?

    ……..
    4.35 pm

    Karl Turner (Kingston upon Hull East) (Lab)
    It is always an absolute pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Wilson. These changes are mainly technical—they change the word “Union” to “United Kingdom”, and the Civil Aviation Authority is also mentioned as a technical change to the relevant authority. The Opposition have no objection to those changes, which we support.

    ……..
    4.36 pm

    Alan Brown (Kilmarnock and Loudoun) (SNP)
    It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Wilson. Like the shadow Minister, the SNP does not oppose ​these technical regulations since they make sense no matter what our views are on Brexit

    ……..

    4.39 pm

    Committee rose

    A full 9 minutes work. I thought that your vote was so important. Labour supported and so did the SNP. It seems more you were scared to see a group of unhappy constituents.

    https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2019-10-07/debates/82bb97f1-4def-4058-ac24-adef70eee27c/AirServices(Competition)(AmendmentAndRevocation)(EUExit)Regulations2019

  14. Michael Fabricant

    8th October, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Why would I be scared? I agree with them!!

  15. Michael Fabricant

    8th October, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    And, actually – in a spirit of openness, here was the whip until 10pm on Monday night.:

    MONDAY 7TH OCTOBER
    The House meets at 2:30pm for Work and Pensions Questions
    Debate on a Motion relating to the appointment of a Lay Member to the Speaker’s Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Whip in Charge: Jeremy Quin)
    Followed by
    Motion to approve a Statutory Instrument relating to the draft Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointment Functions) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 (Whip in Charge: Iain Stewart)
    Followed by
    Proceedings in Committee and Remaining Stages of the Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill [Lords] (Whip in Charge: David Rutley)
    THERE WILL BE A RUNNING 3-LINE WHIP FROM 3:30PM AND UNTIL ALL GOVERNMENT BUSINESS HAS BEEN SECURED AT 10pm. 

    This is business in the Chamber and does not include Committees.

  16. Patricia Woodley

    9th October, 2019 at 3:43 am

    What is ” incredible sense” Mr Fabricant? I know the word incredible and the word sense. I am bemused at your use of English. Please help as you are my MP and therefore I trust you know what you are saying. Thank you.
    Pat Woodley

  17. Patricia Woodley

    9th October, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Whilst ” awaiting moderation” I have read through the travails of our MP’s last few days. I am with the whips on this one. Horses for courses. Life is not always a joke.These are serious and worrying times and the issues facing this country should not be so disdainfully dismissed by our elected representatives nor misappropriated willy nilly by those of them who are not capable of showing cogent, proper and diligent attitudes to turbulent and challenging times.
    Moderate as you will. Facts remain.
    The fun is over. Now it’s time to tell your constituents what you think of Nigel Farage
    Thanks again
    Pat Woodley
    cc. House of Commons

  18. Philip John

    9th October, 2019 at 8:49 am

    This is your constituents asking you for your support on a critical local issue, Mike. Why is it so hard for you to support your local community?

    “I can only advise on the future of the Pool, not instruct. It does not involve national legislation as Philip John knows.”

    Had you been at the meeting you would have heard a lot of talk about the dire financial position of the council. A position they have been put in as a direct result of the policies you have supported and voted to implement since 2010. In fact, Alan White, your Conservative party colleague who has responsibility for this issue at Staffordshire County Council, told the meeting about how he visits Westminster regularly to lobby Staffordshire MPs about the funding situation. You should have been there to answer for your voting record in causing this situation in the first place, and explain to your constituents why you are taking away the funding needed to maintain their facilities.

    Or perhaps you’re worried about defending the indefensible?

  19. Philip Allso

    9th October, 2019 at 11:41 am

    @Philip John…. The management of the economy under successive Conservative governments has been poor. This is indeed indefensible. All aspects of local and national life are effected and it has sustained the ongoing depression with its manifest consequences. The artificial implementation of quantitative easing and the manipulation of the bank rate has had unforseen results. When, inevitably, normality returns this will result in an unsustainable housing market. We will see more stealth taxes from the Conservatives as they attempt to climb out of the hole they have dug. The minor victory of the Friary is welcome but it will be at the cost of some other underfunded service. Yes our MP is answerable for this as he has been party to the worst fiscal management in peacetime history.

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