Geoffrey Clifton-Brown defends his commitment to the Cotswolds after being criticised by Standard readers over his involvement in last month's floods

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

GEOFFREY Clifton-Brown, Member of Parliament for the Cotswolds, has defended himself after coming under fire from readers of the Standard who criticised the MP’s commitment to his constituency.

The MP, who splits his time between London and the Cotswolds, received the flack following the Standard’s story which revealed the lucrative details of his second earnings as a partner in a Norfolk-based farming business.

Writing on the Standard’s website, one user said: “It is time we had a Cotswold rep in Westminster rather than a Westminster rep (or occasional visitor) in the Cotswolds.”

Users also questioned where Mr Clifton-Brown was during the recent spate of flooding that affected the Cotswolds at the beginning of the year.

“When was the last time our MP was seen in public? He cannot even be bothered to pose in the floods for the usual staged photo call,” one user suggested.

Mr Clifton-Brown dismissed the criticisms, claiming that his public flooding meetings, which have been running for four years, have not been promoted enough in the media.

“I have done a huge amount of work throughout the constituency in my public flooding meetings, although these meetings rarely receive the publicity they perhaps should do so that my constituents are fully informed of their successes,” he said.

He told the Standard that through his meetings major flood prevention works have been carried out in Moreton-in-Marsh, Fairford and South Cerney.

The MP, who has represented the Cotswolds for over 20 years, has recently raised the issue of flooding in the Cotswolds in Parliament.

Last month the Standard reported that Mr Clifton-Brown had earned more than £120,000 for working less than 80 days between August 2011 and November 2013.

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown will hold another round of flood meetings at various locations across the district on Friday, April 4.

For more information, visit www.cliftonbrown.co.uk.

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4:44pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Col Mustard says...

Expect a series of posed press interviews very shortly ! Elections are on the way......
Expect a series of posed press interviews very shortly ! Elections are on the way...... Col Mustard
  • Score: 8

6:07pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Crispin Mount says...

It's never too late for the Cotswold Conservative Association to deselect
It's never too late for the Cotswold Conservative Association to deselect Crispin Mount
  • Score: 8

7:25pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Union Man says...

This week Tory dogma is "Dredge the rivers!" and if Geoffrey did fancy a visit to the Cotswold Wetlands he will find that a popular sentiment especially around Cirencester,
This week Tory dogma is "Dredge the rivers!" and if Geoffrey did fancy a visit to the Cotswold Wetlands he will find that a popular sentiment especially around Cirencester, Union Man
  • Score: -5

7:54am Sun 9 Feb 14

Olly Cromwell says...

People will not forget his house flipping before purchasing that £2.75m mansion in Daglingworth, his acceptance of donations from a Charity, his defence of Dennis Grant at a public meeting in March 2010 (just before Grant's arrest), his support for fox hunting, his support for local Tory Councillors who lined their own pockets with business from fraudsters and property developers in the Water Park, his avoidance of the Cirencester floods in December 2012 when he was too busy attending a fox hunting meet...and now the highly paid second job.

Geoffrey, go and go now !
People will not forget his house flipping before purchasing that £2.75m mansion in Daglingworth, his acceptance of donations from a Charity, his defence of Dennis Grant at a public meeting in March 2010 (just before Grant's arrest), his support for fox hunting, his support for local Tory Councillors who lined their own pockets with business from fraudsters and property developers in the Water Park, his avoidance of the Cirencester floods in December 2012 when he was too busy attending a fox hunting meet...and now the highly paid second job. Geoffrey, go and go now ! Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 9

3:03pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Col Mustard says...

Plus voting for the Iraq War, increase in VAT,increasing cap on University Fees to £9,000 and voted against a referendum on UK's membership of the EU. This is to ensure the control lies with the EU , if the tories , labour and libdems thought that the current electoral system would undermine their control , they would have changed it. They haven't ...... what a surprise...
Plus voting for the Iraq War, increase in VAT,increasing cap on University Fees to £9,000 and voted against a referendum on UK's membership of the EU. This is to ensure the control lies with the EU , if the tories , labour and libdems thought that the current electoral system would undermine their control , they would have changed it. They haven't ...... what a surprise... Col Mustard
  • Score: 2

8:26am Mon 10 Feb 14

Iansky says...

I would have thought that by now he has lined his pockets sufficiently from the public purse that he can bow out and concentrate even more on his other business.

Sorry but he has done very little if anything for the benefit of the real people who are outside the circle of "Rich aristocracy" he associates with.

Just go and let someone who cares and will deliver step in.
I would have thought that by now he has lined his pockets sufficiently from the public purse that he can bow out and concentrate even more on his other business. Sorry but he has done very little if anything for the benefit of the real people who are outside the circle of "Rich aristocracy" he associates with. Just go and let someone who cares and will deliver step in. Iansky
  • Score: 7

3:33pm Mon 10 Feb 14

bobirving says...

Iansky wrote:
I would have thought that by now he has lined his pockets sufficiently from the public purse that he can bow out and concentrate even more on his other business.

Sorry but he has done very little if anything for the benefit of the real people who are outside the circle of "Rich aristocracy" he associates with.

Just go and let someone who cares and will deliver step in.
Remember that he has a son who I'm sure will want to step into the breach, if Geoffrey stands down....
[quote][p][bold]Iansky[/bold] wrote: I would have thought that by now he has lined his pockets sufficiently from the public purse that he can bow out and concentrate even more on his other business. Sorry but he has done very little if anything for the benefit of the real people who are outside the circle of "Rich aristocracy" he associates with. Just go and let someone who cares and will deliver step in.[/p][/quote]Remember that he has a son who I'm sure will want to step into the breach, if Geoffrey stands down.... bobirving
  • Score: -1

9:04am Tue 11 Feb 14

Iansky says...

bobirving wrote:
Iansky wrote: I would have thought that by now he has lined his pockets sufficiently from the public purse that he can bow out and concentrate even more on his other business. Sorry but he has done very little if anything for the benefit of the real people who are outside the circle of "Rich aristocracy" he associates with. Just go and let someone who cares and will deliver step in.
Remember that he has a son who I'm sure will want to step into the breach, if Geoffrey stands down....
Oh God - Nepostism, the privilege of the political elite!
[quote][p][bold]bobirving[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Iansky[/bold] wrote: I would have thought that by now he has lined his pockets sufficiently from the public purse that he can bow out and concentrate even more on his other business. Sorry but he has done very little if anything for the benefit of the real people who are outside the circle of "Rich aristocracy" he associates with. Just go and let someone who cares and will deliver step in.[/p][/quote]Remember that he has a son who I'm sure will want to step into the breach, if Geoffrey stands down....[/p][/quote]Oh God - Nepostism, the privilege of the political elite! Iansky
  • Score: 3

7:55am Wed 12 Feb 14

Bert Wilkins says...

Let us not forget GCB wanted to dig up the concrete bypass, the only stretch of safe road in the county, not riddled with potholes and unlikely to cost a penny to repair after these floods.

This man is a disgrace......and I am a Tory voter!
Let us not forget GCB wanted to dig up the concrete bypass, the only stretch of safe road in the county, not riddled with potholes and unlikely to cost a penny to repair after these floods. This man is a disgrace......and I am a Tory voter! Bert Wilkins
  • Score: 4

10:10am Fri 28 Feb 14

Alan Dickinson says...

And what of our silent MEP of the same political party ? Busy completing the last of her expenses claims ?

"We are all in this together" ......... yes some of us are ,right up to our necks in it !
And what of our silent MEP of the same political party ? Busy completing the last of her expenses claims ? "We are all in this together" ......... yes some of us are ,right up to our necks in it ! Alan Dickinson
  • Score: 1

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