Tory chair Lewis gets owned by locals for SureStart jibe – it’s both hilarious and tragic

Tory chair and Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis showed typical Tory arrogance yesterday with a dismissive comment about a large attendance of local people to protest against Tory-controlled Norfolk County Council’s plan to ‘transform’ children’s services in the area – by closing six of the town’s SureStart centres as part of a plan to shut down forty-six of the county’s fifty-three centres.

SureStart centres are a vital resource for parents – but were created by Labour in government. Tories have been closing them in huge numbers around the country since they came to power in 2010.

Lewis tweeted:

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Arrogant, hypocritical, out of touch with reality – take your pick from that and more. And local people did.

‘No real regard’

Lewis’ comment that those attending to protest the closures have ‘no real regard’ for children’s welfare and were just ‘playing politics’ incensed local – who were quick to point out the many ways in which Tories, including Mr Lewis, are damaging children in the area and habitually play politics.

Improvement by closure

A frequent theme in the huge thread of responses was the damage the local Tory council is doing to children and the services they and their parents rely on. When this was pointed out,  Lewis astonishingly tried to claim that this represents ‘better’ services – and was rightly challenged and ‘flamed’ for it by people pointing out the extent of Tory cuts in the area:

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Welfare of local vulnerable children

Among the many responses pointing out just what SureStart centres mean to children and their parents, two very direct, personal responses stood out. One closes this article; the other laid out a very concrete example of a centre being a vital help to a vulnerable woman and her children – and pointed out that Lewis has not turned up to visit even the SureStart centre that stands a mere thirty seconds’ walk from his constituency office:

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Welfare of anyone

More than one commenter pointed out that the Tories’ policies have damaged all kinds of people all over the country – and one offered a stark statistic:

Who are yer?

Lewis has a reputation for being rarely seen in the constituency – and never seen near a SureStart centre. This was a frequent point of attack by locals responding to Lewis’ nonsense:

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The theme of Lewis’ absence from his constituency to stay in London spilled over into comment about his expense claims for accommodation in the capital, which were – to say the least – substantial given the short train ride between them:

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The hypocrisy of criticising ‘shouty’ people protesting over vital services when Tories are boorish every week in Parliament for political purposes is glaring – but as more than one person present pointed out, there was abuse of the public by Tory councillors during the SureStart meeting as well:

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Shipping in

As an appetiser to Lewis’ dismantling, his critics began by pointing out the nonsense of his claim that protesters were ‘shipped in’ – a claim as untrue as it is hypocritical:

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Lewis criticism was a bit rich, given the Tories’ liberal use of buses in election campaigns – and their inability to raise even a semblance of a crowd for their leader without bussing in every Conservative councillor for miles around:

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Some pointed out that bussing in Tories had got the party into trouble, with one MP currently on trial for bus-related irregularities around campaign buses:

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But another pointed out that if all else fails, the Tories are more than ready to resort to, let’s say, less conventional measures to conjure up a presence:

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This barbed comment, entirely factual, referred to the ‘appearance‘ of Tory David Burrowes in a group photo he had actually missed.

The humour

While much of the thread was hard-hitting criticism of Tory hypocrisy and callousness, the evidently rattled nature of Lewis’ comment drew some humorous comments as well – as did Lewis’ hypocrisy and his alleged resemblance to a well-known comedy character:



That didn’t go well…

A few people summed up the consequences of Lewis’ ill-advised foray onto Twitter with a succinctness that deserves special mention:

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But the final word should go to a woman who responded with outraged and tragic detail about the impact of Tory cuts on her disabled son – click through on the last tweet to read the full information:



Shame on Brandon Lewis. Shame on his whole party – in Norfolk and everywhere.

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  1. Arrogant, conceited and without any empathy whatsoever. In other words a typical Tory.

  2. He shoutest and he wrigglest
    Doth Lewis the Great Yarmouth ‘Invisible man’?
    Kick this Tory Barbarian Turd Out!
    And the rest of the Buggers as soon as we can!
    4m kids in poverty in Tory Britain.

  3. What day is it tomorrow , now there’s something significant about it but I just can’t seem to put my finger on it , still I am sure it would all go with a bang ?

  4. Irritated that I didn’t think of ‘Swiss Tony’ 🙁

    Been trying to think of a more concise way to describe the Beluga-gobbling, Champers-quaffing, over-primped, over-manicured, bollock-waxed, precious little pudding.

    ‘Swiss Tony’ nailed him good 🙂

  5. He can go on about ‘real regard for vulnerable children’ and ‘playing politics’ but we havent forgotten (And NEVER will) that it was his boss ‘lost’ 114 files into child sexual abuse in westminster…

    Children ‘dragged in’ to westminster from the four corners of the country to be abused by some what may well be his colleagues (Wouldn’t be a surprise to discover some are known to him personally, on a social, as well as professional, level) and his boss ‘LOST’ the files which was most definitely NOT a political manoeuvre whatsoever…

    You’ll find, lewis, that people of any political persuasion have a lot to be ‘shouty’ about when it comes to your lot, and the protection of children.

    Malodorous twunt.

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