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MPs Expenses Scandal: Mark Anthony France on Sky News

West Midlands Respect activist Mark Anthony France and local pub landlord Gianni D’Anaello speak to Sky News in Bromsgrove about the MP’s expenses scandal, following the furore surrounding the expenses of their local Member of Parliament.

Worcestershire MP Julie Kirkbride is currently at the centre of a fresh expenses scandal which has reached right into the heart of the Conservative Party.

Ms Kirkbride had registered a property in her Bromsgrove constituency as her second home, allowing her to claim expenses on it, while her husband Andrew MacKay – the MP for Bracknell in Berkshire – had registered a property in London as his second home, allowing him to claim expenses on that one.

Mr MacKay quit as Mr Cameron’s policy adviser after it emerged the pair were both claiming for second homes despite sharing properties.

Mark France, a constituent who has independently been collecting signatures for Julie Kirkbride to resign, said:

Mark Anthony France on Sky News

Mark Anthony France on Sky News

“We got about 150 signatures in just three quarters of an hour and we’ve now set up a little group and we aim to collect 10,000 signatures in the next 10 days. We’ll present them to Rita Dent, Julie Kirkbride’s constituent secretary, on June 1st and we’re saying that Julie Kirkbride should resign. ”

When pressed by the reporter over whether he was using the recent events as an opportunity to promote the Respect party, Mark made it clear her was working independently of any party by responding:

“No, I’m a local lad who believes in justice, truth, decency and honesty. We have 1,200 people made redundant in the Bromsgrove area just in the past 3 months. There’s a lot of hardship, there’s a lot of people who are fidning that everything they’ve worked for is just collapsing around them and there’s a lot of anger and this is the last straw.”

The above interview was broadcast on Sky News on 16th May 2009.

Respect takes to streets on St. George’s Day

SUPPORTERS of Worcestershire RESPECT will be out on the streets of Dodford on St George’s Day collecting signatures for a people’s charter, which aims to create a “fairer Britain.”

The organisers of the modern day People’s Charter, based on the charter of the same name created in the 19th century, aim for a million signatures under the slogan ‘we need change, we need hope, we need a fairer Britain’ and hope to influence politicians to create more and better jobs, decent homes and improved services.

Mark Anthony France, Bromsgrove Respect

Mark Anthony France, Bromsgrove Respect

“Many of us are now losing hope and our family, friends and neighbours are paying a heavy price for an economic crisis we didn’t create.”

Mark Anthony France, secretary of Bromsgrove RESPECT, said: “Many of us are now losing hope and our family, friends and neighbours are paying a heavy price for an economic crisis we didn’t create.” “This incompetence and corruption infects our own community here in Worcestershire – there is no need to give examples for they are many and well known.

“Frustrated by the failure of establishment politicians, some people are becoming attracted by the siren calls of racism and a misplaced nationalism.

“Fortunately, there is an alternative and a reason to hope. Let us all celebrate St George’s Day, let us slay the dragon, restore hope, banish hatred and welcome spring.” More information about the charter, including how you can sign up and find out how to make donations, can be found by visiting

Source article: Bromsgrove Advertiser