It was reported by Yorkshire Coast Radio 96.2 FM that Robert Goodwill (our Absent) MP for Scarborough and Whitby, was actually in town and going to Bingo to try his hand as a caller, lets play Bingo with Bob and see how he juggles so many balls:
1. Kelly's Eye - Bob seems to have taken his eye off the No 1 most important local project for decades, the York Potash Project. Perhaps the Australian hero/villain doesn't feel he needs Bob's help.
2. One Little Duck - HS2 could be Bob's downfall, with 56% of the population opposed to this project Bob has a duty to blindly steamroll the HS2 gravy train. Pity Bob didn't take a leaf out of Sir David Higgins book (who stepped down from the Board of Directors of Sirius Minerals) to focus on his role as Chairman of the HS2 project: http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/business/business-news/new-hs2-chairman-...
3. Cup of Tea - Bob voted very strongly for replacing Trident even though; "rogue states are likely to be lightly armed ... and any attack they make would probably be a single strike ... everyone knows the likes of Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gadaffi are bonkers ..." (2001) and, on RAF Fylingdales - " a nuclear exchange wouldn't necessarily destroy the region"
4. Knock at the Door - four failed attempts to become an MP/MEP 1992 Redcar, 1994 Cleveland and Richmond, 1997 NW Leicestershire, and 1998 Yorkshire South. Bob finally became an MEP for Yorkshire and Humber in 1999 and became MP for Scarborough and Whitby in 2005 by just 1245 votes.
5. Man Alive - Bob is in favour of bringing back the death sentence, and he makes a living from corpses and operates a green/woodland cemetery, which he hopes "cuts down on Co2 emissions from crematoria"
6. Tom Mix - Bob made his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 6th June 2005, shame it wasn't all the 666's but, oh well
7. Lucky 7 - Bob is the owner of several steam engines which "gobble ever larger quantities of coal and leave an amazing carbon footprint."
8. Garden Gate - in 2010 he was re-elected as MP for Scarborough & Whitby by an increased majority of 8,130. His campaign was funded by a donation of £11,000 from Mountboon Investments Ltd, owned by local entrepreneur Don Robinson and family.
9. Doctors Orders - Coronia is a ship that Bob owns, not a cough medicine. Bob also owns shareholdings in OAO Gazprom and Lukoil, 4 rented houses in Teeside plus a lettings Property at an undisclosed address in North Yorkshire.
10. Cameron's Den - in 2010 Bob was appointed to Govt Whip with responsibility for Treasury and DEFRA. Bob is now a Transport Minister and as well as HS2 covers Aviations, Road Safety and promoting Two Wheels to Work. Quote "Large Airports need to grow bigger!"
11. Legs Eleven - Bob sits on the following All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGS): Beer Group, Group for Earth Sciences. English Language Teaching, Funerals and Bereavement, Hill Farming. Historic Vehicles, Motor Group, Nuclear Energy, Print Group, Scottish Broadcasting, and Transport Safety.(Mar/2010).
12. One Dozen - red roses perhaps, after porn was found on a household computer
13. Unlucky for Some - In October 2013 Bob became under Secretary of State for Transport and HS2 became his priority project.
14. Valentines Day - Bob is married with two sons and a daughter
15. Young and Keen - 11th May 2013 Bob claimed £ 14,585.05 (almost 15) to pay mortgage interest rates but was ordered to repay nearly £ 5 000 in parliamentary expenses after it was revealed that Bob had two homes in London, and only one should be funded by the tax payer.
16. Sweet Sixteen - the cost of duelling the A64 York to Scarborough road has soared to in excess of £500 million - and the scheme, together with the long-awaited Rillington bypass, will not go ahead until at least 2016. "We need the improvements to the A64 so far as the Yorkshire coast is concerned. We have several major industries such as McCains transporting 1,000 tonnes of potatoes a week ...... ", Goodwill spent many years working on his family farm, which, at its height, delivered and produced 1,000 tonnes of potatoes a year to the McCain chip factory.
17. Dancing Queen - Bob voted against Gay Marriage (06/02/13) along side other Yorkshire Coast MPs Greg Knight and Anne McIntosh after receiving many letters from constituents on the issue. Indeed Bob's understanding on equality and fairness can best be expressed by a letter from an irate visitor to Whitby : "While visiting Whitby recently, I learned that golliwog dolls are not just for sale; they can be prizes too..." Bob's reply "it is important that we don't become over-sensitive to situations such as this, where no evidence has been brought to me other than your letter that anyone has been offended or annoyed." and despite the reminder that "these dolls are a regular feature at BNP festivals" Bob continues; "I can certainly remember as a child we had dolls of this type at home and it never crossed our minds that it was in any way derogatory to black people in the same way that similar rag dolls with white faces were not deemed to be offensive to any indigenous white people in our country."
18. Coming of Age - Bob said, "I would like to firmly reassure you that the next Conservative Government have no plans to abolish free off- peak bus travel for people over 60 in England. My colleagues and I have no plans to cut either the winter fuel payments or free bus passes" (Just get rid of the buses instead, eh Bob?)
19. Goodbye Teens - Bob recently moved his Constituency office, (run by Sue Briggs and Jane Sykes) into the 'Streets' a lottery funded purpose built hub for local teenagers.
20. One Score - Bob gets one over on Ryedale distric council, when met with resistance when he applied for permission to create a "green cemetery" on his land. He eventually won the battle but only after an expensive fight. Bob said: "We had a particular problem with Ryedale District Council, but the application went to a public inquiry and we got full costs against the council, which was £20,000. Since the cemetery has been there, not one single person has complained about it."