According to the Standard this evening Ealing Southall MP, Virendra Sharma, is off with Mayor Livingstone on Sunday for a week to India on a jolly.
You might have thought that new boy Sharma would want to do some actual work now he has returned from the three month long summer recess. Talk about lazy.
I guess that Sharma was feeling a bit guilty about bunking off so he roused himself to speak twice (on Tuesday and Thursday) this week bringing to three his total appearances in Parliament. Here is a taste of Sharma’s rather emetic style:
I rise to speak in this debate immensely proud of the record of this Labour Government in international development. As a new Member, my political philosophy and political motivation have always been to fight against injustice and poverty wherever they are found throughout the world. I therefore feel a very personal commitment to support the work of DFID and the Government in this respect. Having been born in and lived my early life in India, I know first hand the challenges that poverty and the lack of economic development bring.