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James Purnell: What a Swell!

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James Purnell MP is not standing in the forthcoming General Election (here). Harpy here.

Former cabinet minister James Purnell has announced he will leave Parliament at the general election.

The MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, Greater Manchester, said it was a “difficult decision”, but he did not want to spend all his life in politics.

Mr Purnell quit as work and pensions secretary after last year’s local and European elections, calling for Gordon Brown to resign as prime minister.Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said he was “sad” about him going as an MP.

A former aide to Tony Blair, Mr Purnell has also served as culture secretary.

‘Huge privilege’

He has been an MP since 2001 and is currently leading a project on the future of the Left for the think-tank Demos.

He will be remembered by those on Benefits for introducing ‘Welfare Reform’.

That is lower benefits for the incapacitated, the Flexible New Deal, and workfare.

As the BBC report states, he had has a “huge privilege” (s).

Now he proposes to do some Lord Bountiful charity. With whatever well-paid ‘work’ he is used to.

What a swell governor!


Written by Andrew Coates

February 21, 2010 at 3:34 pm

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  1. What an idiot. He is well known for trying to reform welfare (inc 26% interest rate onc risis loans idea), implements the biggest start of his campaign the Welfare Reform Bill yet steps down in advance of it getting passed into law when he couldnt handle the pressure.

    He then takes advantage of the elections to resign… then attempts to over-power the extremely unpopular leader to great failure. Now wants to run back under the rock he came from.

    I think he will be back next General Election – perhaps waiting for Gordon to be dropped as leader after losing election to Conservatives.

    Flexible New Deal

    February 21, 2010 at 5:02 pm

  2. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    Gerry Attric

    February 21, 2010 at 11:50 pm

  3. “Purnell will earn £295,000 in his new role”



    March 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm

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