Meanwhile outside the M25

We’ve always said politicians live in a bubble, completely divorced from reality and therefor from the lives of the people they represent. Harsh, some said, but it turns out we were not harsh enough because there is now evidence coming in the the elitists parachuted into constituencies to hold safe seats for the major parties are not simply out of touch with the reality of ordinary lives, they don’t even know where their constituencies are.

from The Daily Telegraph

Ingleton is a village of impressive natural beauty, boasting limestone caves, flowing waterfalls and literary links to master sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Unfortunately for one Labour MP, that it isn’t the Ingleton she represents in Parliament.

Helen Goodman, Shadow Media Minister, has acted for the village of Ingleton, County Durham, for almost a decade. But in a speech yesterday she confused her constituency village with one by the same name 70 miles away in North Yorkshire.

The Oxford educated MP is said to have “babbled on” about the village’s connection to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as well as its beautiful limestone caves and waterfalls while opening a classic car show and community fair.

In reality, the Ingleton in which she spoke to 500 baffled constituents has a disused mine and little more than two rows of houses either side of a main road, complete with a school, church and village pub.

The 56-year-old has been accused of a “disgraceful” lack of knowledge about her constituency of Bishop Auckland, which she has represented since 2005, and of plagiarising the speech from the wrong Wikipedia page for Ingleton.

Here are images of just a few of the interesting things around Ingleton Yorks.

Thornton Force
Thornton Force

Subterranean river in White Scar Caves
Subterranean River in White Scar Caves, Ingleton, Yorks

Ribblehead viaduct
Ribblehead Viaduct on the famous Settle to Carlisle line.

Ingleton, County Durham on the other hand has some truly amazing public benches:

Ingleton, County Durham

A tad unfair perhaps but if this MP had ever actually actually toured her constituency with her eyes open instead of constantly asking her agent “how much longer do we have to hang around this dump before I can get back to the members bar in Westminster?” she might have noticed a distinct lack of waterfalls, caves, viaducts and Sherlock Holmes impersonators.

In the interests of balance however, we hear the Tory boy who recently won the by election in Newark, Nottinghamshire, has been approaching people in Newark New Jersey and introducing himself as their new Member of Parliament.

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