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The top 10 articles people are interested in

One thing about online systems is that it is possible to find out what articles are read by more people and which ones appear unimportant.

My campaign is mainly positive, but I am also highlighting issues where I believe it demonstrates that my opponent was not doing her job properly as an MP.

I have sorted the articles on this blog by the number of people who are interested in them. Here is the top ten list
  1. Millionaires and Politics
  2. Gender Issues Comparison of Candidates
  3. The Courts - particularly family courts
  4. Housing Benefit for 18-21 year olds
  5. Extra money for the NHS
  6. Why Marxism is Wrong
  7. The running of the parliamentary office
  8. The Labour Candidates Book Promotion tour and why it matters
  9. Labour Leaflet Analysis
  10. Bus Regulation and Bus Wars

What this demonstrates is that people are generally more interested when one candidate is raising issues in respect of another candidate than purely positive articles. Housing Benefit comes interestingly high in the top ten list. Housing Benefit is, of course, very important to lots of people. Extra Money for the NHS also demonstrates peoples interest in the NHS. It also demonstrates that buses matter to people. The other item which is mainly promoting me and does not contain criticism of the Labour candidate is about the judicial system and particularly the family courts. 6 of the 10 ten items, however, involve at least some negative campaigning. I think this justifies the claim that people are interested in negative campaigning. Almost all the responses I get from Labour activists are to posts which make criticisms of the Labour candidate.

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Millionaires and politics

The Labour Party spent most of the last election criticising me for being a successful businessman (aka millionaire). That is business in the private sector employing over 250 people. It is worth looking at the situation for the Labour Candidate now:

For the year 2016-7 Annual Income from Parliament74,962Specifically for her book51,250Other media income etc5,322.82Total declared income131,534.82

Traditionally anyone with an annual income of over £100,000 has been considered to be a millionaire. I did not use my position in parliament to increase my income.


I have been asked for sources for this. This BBC piece looks at how one should define rich. It was written in 2011 so the figures will be slightly out of date. There are perhaps 2 relevant pieces:
"In 1880 a rich person would have had £100,000 in assets or an income of £10,000 a year, he says. About a hundred people a year died leaving £100,000 and by 1910 this was 250 - "a microscopic fraction of the number of death…

Gender Issues comparison of candidates

John Hemming believes that an MP should represent everyone in their constituency.  This should be regardless of their race, religion, gender, abledness, sexual orientation or anything else.  It should be everyone.

When he was an MP he worked on issues relating to men, those relating to women and those relating to non-binary people. Everyone.

For example here is John Hemming on a demonstration outside the courts with the campaign group Women Against Rape (it related to the case of a mother who had her child removed from her because the mother was raped).




Jess Phillips, who campaigns on women's issues, notwithstanding the questions asked about her appointments in her parliamentary office, had the following response when asked for a debate on issues specifically relating to men:

The Labour Candidate's Book Promotion Tour and Why It Matters

In the 2015 General Election the Labour Candidate criticised John Hemming for having an external interest and made a pledge that she would be a "Full Time MP for Yardley and my only other job will be mom & carer ...".  Here is a copy of that pledge:


Since that point she has been working on paid Television Programmes and has also written a book. John Hemming has made no secret of the fact that he chairs the board of the company he founded in 1983. This involves one meeting a month. When he was the MP for Yardley he was a full time MP and the Job of being MP for Yardley came first. The Labour candidate has reported 1,274 hours of work other than being an MP in the two years she has been elected and her income in the last year was over £131,000.

Ignoring the question as to how she reconciles that with her "pledge" the question is raised as to what extent her external activity conflicts with the role of Member of Parliament for Yardley. She is supposed to de…