A Tory MP whose office told constituents he was too busy to respond to their emails purchased a £750 iPad on expenses. The office of Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman told constituents who contacted him regarding NHS reforms that he couldn’t be bothered to write back to them:
“Due to the overwhelming volume of correspondence George has received about the Health and Social Care Bill, and the changing nature of this issue, he has decided to address as many of your concerns as possible through a statement on his website. This can be found at http://www.georgefreeman.co.uk/content/health-and-social-care-bill.
He hopes that this statement will answer all of your queries, and he will endeavour to keep it up to date with his views on the latest developments in relation to this matter.
Unfortunately, he will not be able to expand upon this statement, and suggests that you monitor his website for his latest reaction to any new developments.”
With his staff rebuffing emails from constituents on his behalf, Scrapbook cannot help but wonder what on earth he needs a top-of-the-range iPad for. A claim available on the IPSA website shows the MP spent £754 on an “iPad and accessories”:
As he finds emailing constituents so confusing, perhaps he should bill taxpayers for some IT training too?