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To: Mark Simmonds MP

£10,000? Mark Simmonds, pay it back.

Mark Simmonds, you've claimed over £10,000 of taxpayers' money to promote yourself. You've been advertising on boards at football clubs, rugby clubs, and on a local hospital radio show. That £10,000 is coming straight from us, the taxpayers.
Give it back.

Why is this important?

You're standing down at the next election because, apparently, you ‘can’t afford’ to live on an MP’s £67,000 salary. And despite making over half a million pounds in profit from the sale of your taxpayer funded house, you're still claiming thousands in expenses.

Such claims are greedy, morally indefensible - and just plain wrong.
I call on you to apologise and give back the money you have used for self-promotion.
Boston, Lincolnshire

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2015-04-07 19:47:00 +0100

Newspaper report - Boston Standard. Thanks again for all your support.

2015-03-30 18:14:27 +0100

Thank you so much to everyone who signed this petition. It's now closed.

Mark Simmonds declined my request to meet for a hand-over, and nobody from his office would meet me either. I left the petition with officials at Boston Conservative Association on Friday 27th March. Local press were there to record the event, and I shall post links to newspaper reports as soon as they become available.

Many, many thanks for your support.

John Ravenscroft

2015-03-11 10:43:42 +0000

A huge thank you to everyone who has signed this petition so far. I'm delighted to have had such a fantastic response.

I contacted my local paper - The Boston Standard - and the editor published a piece on it today. Page three. So we've made Mr Simmonds a Page Three Boy.

I hope he appreciates the fact.

Best wishes, and thanks again - John Ravenscroft.

2015-03-07 06:27:37 +0000

50,000 signatures reached

2015-03-06 14:43:49 +0000

20,000 signatures reached

2015-03-06 13:09:39 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2015-03-06 12:45:03 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2015-03-06 11:44:39 +0000

Our attempt to get Mark Simmonds to do the right thing - apologise and pay back the £10,000 of taxpayers' money he's used for self promotion - has just passed the 1,000 signatures mark. Thank you so much for all your efforts.

Please continue informing others through conversations, emails and social media.

Cheers - John Ravenscroft

2015-03-06 11:24:18 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2015-03-06 10:45:27 +0000

500 signatures reached

2015-03-06 06:22:54 +0000

100 signatures reached

2015-03-05 19:36:13 +0000

50 signatures reached

2015-03-05 18:21:53 +0000

25 signatures reached

2015-03-05 17:08:25 +0000

10 signatures reached

2015-03-05 12:14:51 +0000

I started this campaign on 4th March, 2015. I'm hoping to get as many signatures as possible. Thanks for your help.

Here's a newspaper article giving more details of the situation.