Yesterday, local man Mark Heslehurst completed his Teesside to London walk to seek assistance from the government in being reunited with his son, following a rebuff from his own MP, Sir Stuart Bell. He was met at the door of 10 Downing Street by Lord Bates and Mayor of London Boris Johnson, where he handed over the 100,000 name petition demanded by Bell, before he would consider helping Mark to seek assistance from the government. Hopefully, this will now trigger a debate in parliament about Marks story and get him the help he needs.
Also at the Downing Street handover was film-maker John Walsh, star and creator of the ToryBoy movie, which exposed Bell as Britains laziest MP. Marks story would make an amazing documentary. In fact, it would make a series 0f documentaries, from his treatment at the hands of BioMerieux to the failure of Stuart Bell to do the job for which he is handsomely rewarded by the state – represent the people of Middlesbrough.
And, yes, there on the left of the left hand photo is cllr Joan McTigue. All credit to her for supporting Marks cause in the absence of any sort of acknowledgement from anyone within the Labour Party at either local or national level. With over 50,000 members on the ‘REUNITE Mark and Edward’ facebook group alone, our local Labour group are clearly in the shamed minority in thinking that this is not something with which to be associated.
Amazingly, with his petition delivered to the seat of power and despite needing medical attention on the way down to London, Mark intends to WALK back to Teesside. Maybe then, the Evening Gazette will afford his story more than a small side column mention on the inside of the paper, as they did last night. Granted, it was a big day on Teesside yesterday, the first steel slab in two years rolled off the mill at the SSI plant but for Marks story to be relegated to a side column next to a story about how nice the pitch is at the Riverside Stadium is an indication that, since the editor who ran the original ‘Stuart Bell Scarlet Pimpernel’ stories was replaced, the Gazette seem to have been politically castrated. The piece in the Gazette had no mention of Bell or his part in the story as the reason for the 100,000 name petition. Tellingly, you cant read this story on the Evening Gazette website either.