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piglet


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Post: #1
09-04-2010 03:26 PM

Does anyone know the answers to the following questions:

Why are emails and letters to Jim Dowd's Constituency Office taking more than three months to be replied to?

Why is the constituency office telephone rarely answered by a live person?

Why is the constituency office not open to constituents?

Piglet Smile

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showtunesgirl


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Post: #2
09-04-2010 04:02 PM

I believe Jim Dowd underwent some fairly major surgery last year which might be why replies are taking a long time.

But still better than Joan Ruddock who NEVER replies.

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Sherwood


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Post: #3
09-04-2010 04:07 PM

He had some heart surgery some time ago.
But I understand he has recovered.

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piglet


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09-04-2010 04:19 PM

According to http://www.theyworkforyou.com Jim Dowd was backed to work in November 2009.

Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought his staff would respond to letters and emails and sign in his absence.

Sorry to hear about Joan Ruddock not replying. Not replying seems to be a common problem and they get away with it.

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roz


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09-04-2010 06:37 PM

The constituency office phone was definitely answered to me this morning by a live person!

I suggest you contact Richard Williams the party worker, directly, and ask him to answer. I would have thought the offices would be open to the public by appointment- I dont' think you can just turn up at any office anytime and expect to be let in for security reasons, as there generally only a few people working in these places at any one time.

I have had personally greater success when contacting Jim at Westminster rather than Sunderland Road, but this was before his illness.

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piglet


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10-04-2010 11:08 AM

I have tried contacting Jim at the House of Commons via the switchboard and also by telephoning 0207 219 4617 but the call is just diverted to his constituency office which is answered by a machine!

I would be interested to know how you have had success contacting Jim Dowd at Westminster.

The role of an MP is to represent his or her constituents. If the constituents are unable to contact their MP what is the point in having such a person in the first place?

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robin orton


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10-04-2010 11:15 AM

I spoke to Jim Dowd after the Sydenham Society AGM last week, and he emailed me afterwards. He seemed fully fit to me, and has promised to come to the Churches Together general election 'forum' on 29 April.

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piglet


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Post: #8
10-04-2010 11:27 AM

That website is not working.

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robin orton


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10-04-2010 12:01 PM

Thanks, Piglet. The link in my post works OK for me, so I'm not sure quite what the problem is -if necessary I'll have to go back to our webmaster.

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robin orton


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10-04-2010 01:50 PM

Anyway, the website is http://www.ctsfh.org.uk/

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Dylan


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Post: #11
10-04-2010 01:54 PM

Interesting that you should raise these issues during the election campaign Piglet?? MPs hold things called Advice Surgeries
where you can contact Jim (details from the Library the Town Hall
etc., or ring 0208 699 2001)

I am sure there must be some mistake about the delay in replying to
your letter, all MPs Offices are by appointment only for obvious reasons
better luck next time!

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piglet


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Post: #12
10-04-2010 02:15 PM

Website is still down.......

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piglet


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10-04-2010 02:21 PM

I think raising issues such as poor communication from the MP who is seeking re-election is very important.

I have just looked up Mr Dowd's profile on http://www.theyworkforyou.com and it would be fair to say based on the information available that Mr Dowd is not the most active of Politicians.

Of course you can attend surgeries and make endless telephone calls but this is not always convenient for everyone particularly if you are disabled.

Most MP constituency offices are open to the public to call in for advice and assistance.

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Dylan


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Post: #14
10-04-2010 02:40 PM

which ones piglet what do you mean by "most"?? I think we have got the point!

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piglet


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Post: #15
10-04-2010 02:44 PM

Check out other MP websites and you will see what I mean by open to the public.

Mr Dowd's website has not been updated for months and contains very little information about local activity.

http://www.jimdowd.org.uk

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Baboonery


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Post: #16
10-04-2010 11:33 PM

By the way, Piglet, can you take that sign on Honor Oak Road down? It's dangerous. Cheers.

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piglet


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11-04-2010 10:46 AM

I would not walk down Honor Oak Road if you paid me! Call the Council if it is dangerous Unsure

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ivor


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11-04-2010 07:40 PM

I'm with you, Piglet. I too have had great difficulty getting any kind of response from Jim Dowd's constituency office. His reply to a letter well exceeded 3 months and we only received a written response after we made several phone calls to his office. Even then, his response left a lot to be desired, but that is another story.

I notice a few people are trying to insinuate that Piglet is making a party political point and that she or he may be affiliated to a particular party. Well, I am not; I voted for Mr Dowd at the last election. However, having experienced his lack of engagement with constituency issues, I am thinking more carefully this time.

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tripandfuschia


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Post: #19
11-04-2010 07:52 PM

I sent an email to Jim Dowd re traffic calming on Devonshire rd ( see thread) but received no response.

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piglet


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12-04-2010 02:14 PM

Thanks Ivor.

Yes the service from the office is abysmal but I understand it is a safe seat so I'm not expecting the current situation to change in the near future.

I am a member of the Labour Party for those who feel I am just trying to make a point in the run up to the General Election.

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