Gordon Birtwistle wins apology from Labour

BURNLEY MP Gordon Birtwistle has won an apology from Labour over an attack on his senior LibDem colleague Vince Cable’s voting record.

Shadow work spokesman Rachel Reeves accused the business secretary of ducking votes on the creation of the minimum wage in 1998. Mr Cable revealed: “I didn’t particularly want to raise this, but it has a lot to do with the fact my late wife was terminally ill at the time and I was in the Royal Marsden Hospital.

“That’s why my voting record at the time was poor.” Mr Cable’s first wife Olympia Rebelo died from cancer shortly after the 2001 election.

Three years later he married Rachel Wenban Smith. Mr Birtwistle said Ms Reeves' attack on Mr Cable's voting record had offended him adding: “I think she should really give some sort of apology. I accept she’s new and probably inexperienced.”

Shadow business minister Ian Murray apologised for the mistake.

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3:54pm Fri 17 Jan 14

andy1 says...

Fair enough the Shadow Minister apologising to Vince Cable thanks to Gordon Bertwhistle. However can Mr Bertwhistle now apologise to all those who voted him in on the promise he would vote against rises in VAT, Tuition Fees, he voted for these two and other promises he broke. He also pledged to getting back an A and E unit to Burnley knowing it was an impossibility. Not long now Gordon before you get sacked.
Fair enough the Shadow Minister apologising to Vince Cable thanks to Gordon Bertwhistle. However can Mr Bertwhistle now apologise to all those who voted him in on the promise he would vote against rises in VAT, Tuition Fees, he voted for these two and other promises he broke. He also pledged to getting back an A and E unit to Burnley knowing it was an impossibility. Not long now Gordon before you get sacked. andy1

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