Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bill Jacobs in the House

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bill Jacobs in the House

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Byline: By Bill Jacobs

South Shields watch out. Your former MP is set to come back and haunt you. When David Clark stood down to take a peerage, the former Cabinet Minister took a vow not to revisit the constituency or be too active at Westminster until his successor David Miliband had established himself as an elected politician. Now Lord Clark, who heads the Forestry Commission, is confident the former No 10 Policy Chief and Schools Minister is thoroughly in charge of matters and he is ready to once again take up the political cudgels politically and nationally. He told me: 'I loved being MP for South Shields but after David took over I decided not to get in his way. 'Like Jimmy Tinn in Redcar when Mo Mowlam succeeded him, I decided to take a low profile at Westminster and not go back to the constituency until David had had the chance to make his own name. 'Both as South Shields MP, where he's very popular, and as Schools Minister where he has been very effective, he has done just that. 'Now I'm confident it will make no difference, I plan to do a lot more in the House of Lords and even visit South Shields again. 'I look forward to going back to my old stamping ground and meeting my many friends there and talking about David's success.'

ON THE subject of Mr Miliband, this week he spent a day as a classroom assistant to find out what it was like at the sharp end of schools. And he confessed: 'It was pretty hard work. I was at a school in South London, a very good school with bright kids. 'They didn't call me Sir and I had a lot to do in terms of technology and geography. 'The geography class wasn't like I remembered, pouring over maps. It was trying to recreate the conditions of the 1998 earthquake in Japan. 'Thankfully it wasn't throwing chairs and tables about but listening to an audio/ visual impression of what happened. 'I thoroughly enjoyed it and afterwards I spoke to the head teacher. He said I could probably just about get a job as a classroom assistant in the school if the political career went wrong. …

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