Cameron didn't return "30 odd" calls from an ex-soldier constituent and gets berated for it during walkabout

An ex-soldier berated David Cameron for failing to help him today as the Tory leader staged a walkabout in his own constituency.

The man, accompanied by his young daughter, confronted Mr Cameron as he canvassed voters in the town of Witney.

‘I met you… years ago, my wife was pregnant with this one,’ he said.

‘Come back from Germany, nowhere to live, little one, just left the Army – got back from Kosovo.

‘You gave me your card and you said ‘give me a ring and I’ll help you out’.

‘Thirty odd phone calls and you didn’t ring me back once.’

Mr Cameron said he was ‘very sorry about that because I try to answer all the emails, all the messages’.

Oh dear. 30-odd phone calls from an ex-soldier not returned. That’s some cock-up!

(And, yes, I know, it’s from that Usual Suspect – I have broken my rule – but it was such a juicy story I couldn’t resist.)

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2 thoughts on “Cameron didn't return "30 odd" calls from an ex-soldier constituent and gets berated for it during walkabout

  1. I actually always feel very sympathetic when this kind of thing happens to an MP, of whatever party. No casework operation is perfect and things like this can and do slip through the net, no matter how hard people try. Very often they reach the end of the line of what they can actually do for the person, but the constituent just can’t accept it and see it as you giving them the brush off.

    (I speak as someone who’s been shouted at least once at a polling station for our local MP’s failure to reply to his letters. Not a pleasant experience.)

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