For once, I am not talking about one of mine. Through my door yesterday came a very nice looking glossy – Parliamentary News Alan Keen MP Winter 2009. It came with the rest of the post so was delivered by Royal Mail.
The leaflet includes a perforated edge with next year’s calendar (quite expensive I recall when I priced this feature).
The key bit (and why I am posting) was the small print at the bottom of the last page:
“Paid for by the Communications Allowance, House of Commons”
I have been delivering literature throughout Feltham & Heston over the past year or so. I have been delivering Half Year Reports in my ward since I was elected in 2002 and [along with Gill & Allan] since re-elected in 2006.
The key point is that the glossy literature that has gone out in relation to my campaign to replace Alan Keen was paid for by the Feltham & Heston Conservative Association. The deliveries of that literature have been made by me and a number of brilliant volunteers.
I am interested to know:
- How much this leaflet cost to produce?
- How much this leaflet cost to deliver?
I do not recall Mr Keen using this Communications Allowance before. Comments on why it is being used now are welcome.
It goes without saying, that I disagree with the Communications Allowance and, if I become MP, it will not be used in Feltham & Heston.
Watch this space [blog] (maintained by me at no cost).
Update: I was wrong in that he has used the Communications Allowance previously. See here.
More generally, here is what can be accessed on the web.