|SIR MALC THROWS DOWN THE GAUNTLET|
She now invites Doctor Rod Abouharb to join in the debate.
A question the Dame wishes to put to Sir Malc is this..." why did you encourage Pooter Cockell to overstay his welcome by fourteen years?"
If you had the good of residents to the forefront of your mind you would have foreseen the danger-not just of encouraging his overstaying-but worse, his greed over expenses and allowances.
As for the kind invitation..... the Dame rarely ventures from her castellated, stuccoed Holland Park mansion so has to decline...
In fact, the Dame and Sir M did meet at a Holocaust Memorial event at the FO some years back.
Young D. Miliband was running things in those days....
from Malcolm Rifkind
Thank you for your invitation to respond to your friendly article in Hornets Nest.
You wrote in your article that you had invited my Labour opponent to meet you.
So far as I am aware (as you keep your identity secret I do not know who you are) we have not met.
I would be delighted to meet you and could do so either at a place of your choosing or (if it would not be misunderstood or misrepresented !) we could meet at my office in the House of Commons.
Turning to your article it would appear that you have been misinformed. I have been domiciled in London for some time as London has been were we have lived since I became MP for Kensington 10 years ago. Our house in Scotland is in the process of being sold.
Secondly, you take issue with my practice of inviting constituents who need to see me to my office in the House of Commons. We provide a streamlined service more suitable for the modern age. A large proportion of all problems from constituents are communicated by e-mail. I, and my excellent staff of three give a quick response which can often mean a letter going from me or my staff right away to, for example, the Director of Housing or the Home Office instead of waiting for a surgery the following week. If constituents need a personal meeting with me because they need time to explain their problem or because of its complexity they get a meeting. We often receive thanks from constituents for the quality of the service they receive.
You imply that I am inactive in Kensington. You are again misinformed. This evening, for example, I shall be in Campden and Holland . Next week I shall be in Pembridge. Recently I was at an event in Abingdon. I spent last Friday in North Kensington. I visited the new Academy, met with the Principal, toured the building and met many of the pupils. Later that day I went up to the Hub in Kensal Road for a meeting with youngsters who had invited me there. I attend meetings in Dalgarno of all the organisations, including residents, who work to improve the quality of life of those who live in that part of North Kensington.
As I hope we will meet in the near future I will leave it until then to discuss with you how I plan to continue doing a robust job for my constituents.
Feel free to publish all or any of this as you choose.
with best wishes