‘Daily Post’ revelation: Debt Collector “bank-rolls” Wallasey Tories to the tune of £50,000

 26th March 2010         

In a devastating news story the ‘Liverpool Daily Post’ reports that Wallasey Tories have allegedly received £50,000 from a local debt collector.          


Adrian says: "Oily Tory words on glossy paper are less than people are entitled to expect. I think people will understand that distortions even on the prettiest paper are still distortions. We may use local printers and plain paper but our postbag tells us that people like plain words on plain paper. The Tories may slide along on gloss but that's not our way."




Tories have 'lotsa cash' for glossy leaflets


When Seacombe residents see the HUGELY expensive glossy leaflets the Tories have been able to afford for a long time they may have wondered why Seacombe Labour Party does not reply with a constant stream of similar costly glossies.          

 The answer is simple.  We represent the working people who live in Seacombe, Poulton, Somerville and Egremont.  We get most of our funding from the people who live in our ward.  We have taken no money from debt collecters or from big businesses!          

And before the Tory propaganda machine alleges differently, Seacombe Labour Party has not asked for, nor received, a single penny from any trade union.  Every penny we have for leaflets comes from individual members and from our own fund raising evenings. Our (mostly plain black and white) newsletters are either produced ourselves or, mostly, by a local printer.    We may produce a glossy at the end of the campaign – if we can afford it – but we do not share the Tories’ ways of getting funded.      

But we do believe the words on the paper are more important than the glossiness of the paper they are printed on.        

So what is the Trade union link with LABOUR?         

The Tories do their best to give the impression that there are two equal sides in which trade unions are comparable to the big businesses that support their party.  Their subtle propaganda leaves the impression that trade unions are themselves akin to businesses.          

They are not; the unions are organisations set up to defend working conditions for ordinary people and to secure representation for them.  Their link with LABOUR is quite simply that they helped create the Labour Party.        

But Tory propaganda still tries to suggest that trade unions in some way bank-roll Labour in the way millionaire business men bank-roll the Conservative party.  The trade unions established the Labour Party precisely because there was no other party to represent working people.  The Tories and Liberals had always supported and represented the interests of big business and land owners.  Has anything changed?         

When the vast majority of the population had no party to support them, in Parliament or on local Councils,  it was the trade unions, co-operative societies, Christian organisations, and Socialist societies that gradually became the foundation from which the Labour Party was born.    When individual trade union members contribute to their union’s political fund they do so because the Labour Party, that they created, is theirs.          

No trade unionist pays a penny who does not want to – any member can opt out. But as well as trade unionists we have huge numbers of ordinary people who are not in trade unions (eg retired people, small business owners, students, etc)  but join because they want to be a part of the Party that created the National Health Service; the minimum wage; Sure Start; and most of the progressive legislation that still exists.          

Those with memories of the Thatcher and Major Tory governments never want to go back to the dark days of mass unemployment under the Tory Party that opposed all of this.  The very word ‘Conservative’ suggests the politics of fossils ‘to stay the same’.    

They say they want change, but they do not say what the changes would be.  We suspect that turning the clock back to the dreadful conditions under previous Tory Governments is what they would like to ‘conserve’.         And when their leader David Cameron already has fourteen millionaires in his shadow cabinet do the working people of Seacombe have any doubts about whose interests the Tory Party will champion?   

If YOU might wish to join the Labour Party why not get in touch?        

MPs’ expenses – gaffe costs Tory Toff Duncan his Shadow Cabinet job

Asked why people would no longer want to become MPs, Mr Duncan said: “…… you have to live on rations and are treated like s***.”

Many MPs could earn more in other jobs – and for fewer hours.  But how many Seacombe residents, we wonder, (most of whom exist on a mere fraction of the income Mr Duncan grumbles about) would agree with Tories like him that somebody on an MP’s salary plus expenses is being treated like er …. the ‘substance’ …. the Tory Toff alluded to? 

But isn’t this characteristic of a Tory Party that has always represented the interests of financiers, bankers, and industrialists?

Tory leader David Cameron has now appointed former Thatcher government Minister, Sir George Young, as shadow leader of the Commons.  He replaces Alan Duncan, who was demoted on Monday after his catastrophic gaffe quoted above.

Duncan’s downfall seemed inevitable after he complained MPs were being kept on “rations” following the scandal earlier this year when their claims were leaked.  One even claimed for the moat around his house and another for a floating ‘duck island’ on his pond!  


That Tory attitude contrasts vividly with Wallasey’s Labour MP Angela Eagle’s. 

Angela’s claims are among the lowest recorded by MPs of any Party.

And there are no moats or duck-ponds around Angela’s flat!


So many MPs around Tory leader Cameron are young, or inexperienced, that it is even thought by some that he was perhaps glad of the opportunity to have somebody with him who’d had some experience.  But what sort of experience was it? 

There’s no patriotism when it comes to making a profit for the financiers, bankers, and industrialists the Tories represent.  Under Thatcher and Major we experienced the export of British capital and British jobs to low wage economies, the decline of our ship building industry, the virtual end of British motor manufacturing, closure of British coal mines, closure of our iron and steel-works, foriegn ownership of much of our remaining industry, crumbling schools and hospitals, and millions unemployed. 

And while this was happening our economy sailed to the mirage of prosperity on a sea of debt that made financiers and bankers rich with millionaire salaries. 

When Labour took over, our productive industry (as distinct from service ‘industries’ like banking that don’t produce a tangible, useful, product but certainly shuffle money around for huge ‘bonuses’) had been dramatically run down during years of Tory governments.  The real, tangible, industrial base has to be painstakingly re-built.  But what can be destroyed in just a few years takes decades to re-build. 

And how did it affect Seacombe?  During the economic collapse of the Thatcher years the once great great Cammel Laird ship-yard was run into ruin.   Many hundreds of Seacombe breadwinners lost their jobs and dependent service industries lost out with the knock-on effect – and unemployment blighted our locality for a generation.

Duncan’s replacement, Young, served as a Minister under both Mrs Thatcher and John Major.  Who would want that sort of nightmare Tory government to return?