Cabinet minister barred from Keighley pub

First published in Keighley by

Keighley-born Cabinet minister Eric Pickles has been barred from one of the town’s pubs.

The Tory political heavyweight is not welcome in the Great Northern, says landlord Mickey Thompson.

And a photo of the former Worth Valley councillor has been posted on the dartboard.

Mr Thompson, 42, has issued the ban in response to the Communities and Local Government Secretary’s comment on radio that he wouldn’t return to Yorkshire.

Mr Pickles, the MP for Brentwood and Ongar, was quoted by some press as saying on Desert Island Discs that he hated going back to his native county.

But the confusion was caused by the word “ain’t” being mistaken for “hate”. However Mr Thompson said that to put Yorkshire down was “not on”. He intends raising the issue at a meeting of the local Pubwatch scheme and hopes to get the ban extended to other hostelries.

“We need people to bully up this great county and not put it down,” he said. “There are people on the Pubwatch banned list for lesser offences than this.”

He added: “My mother is Irish but I am Keighley born and bred and I am fiercely proud of my roots.”

Mr Pickles, an ex-pupil of the former Greenhead School in Keighley, said he had spent most of his life as “a professional Yorkshireman dispensing northern wisdom to an occasionally receptive south”.

He told the Keighley News: “What I said was ‘Essex is my home and I ain't going back to Yorkshire’ - not the greatest use of English grammar I admit, but hardly an attack on the county of my birth. It is clear enough on the broadcast. I speak with great affection of my Yorkshire roots and Bradford in the rest of the programme, which makes an attack on my old home seem unlikely.”

Responding to his pub ban, Mr Pickles said: “I think I called in for a pint of mild at the Great Northern around the summer of 1970 and have not been back since.

“As for the landlord, if he lacks faith in a fellow Yorkshireman's commitment to his county I can only conclude he must have a bit of Lancashire blood running through his veins!”

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8:51pm Wed 26 Dec 12

jimmy k says...

well,this free publicity stunt has worked for the pub,certainly cheaper then advertising.
well,this free publicity stunt has worked for the pub,certainly cheaper then advertising. jimmy k
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11:17am Thu 27 Dec 12

Chimo says...

... certainly cheap
... certainly cheap Chimo
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1:18pm Thu 27 Dec 12

cronk stanley says...

I do not think that Eric Pickles will shed a wink of sleep over this, and your observation jimmy k may be correct.

To be honest, he probably likes Essex better as the county is mainly flat, better for getting arround with " his gross tonnage "

On these sites, allot of adverse publicity about Bradford has been leveled, so should all those expressing their opinion be barred from the cities pubs ?

Freedom of speech was barred long ago in favour of political correctness, have we got the first steps here of barring freedom of opinion ?
I do not think that Eric Pickles will shed a wink of sleep over this, and your observation jimmy k may be correct. To be honest, he probably likes Essex better as the county is mainly flat, better for getting arround with " his gross tonnage " On these sites, allot of adverse publicity about Bradford has been leveled, so should all those expressing their opinion be barred from the cities pubs ? Freedom of speech was barred long ago in favour of political correctness, have we got the first steps here of barring freedom of opinion ? cronk stanley
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8:02pm Thu 27 Dec 12

samuels david says...

I would have to agree totally with cronk stanley, political correctness, is in my view, the cancer destroying our freedom of speech in the many spheres of our lives.


David samuels.
I would have to agree totally with cronk stanley, political correctness, is in my view, the cancer destroying our freedom of speech in the many spheres of our lives. David samuels. samuels david
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8:43pm Thu 27 Dec 12

jimmy k says...

political correctness isn't that just another term for respecting your fellow man and not lowering yourself to hurling insults about colour religion etc?just a thought i'd out out there.
political correctness isn't that just another term for respecting your fellow man and not lowering yourself to hurling insults about colour religion etc?just a thought i'd out out there. jimmy k
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2:29pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Mixter says...

Id say PC is usually an insult to your intelligence more than anything else.

And i also dont believe Fat Eric will lose too much sleep over his ban. Id also think that before his 'insult', had he actually walked into the pub, there'd be few if any of the regulars had a clue who he was anyway.

I recall him delivering our papers for a short while in between regular paperboys from his dads shop.
Id say PC is usually an insult to your intelligence more than anything else. And i also dont believe Fat Eric will lose too much sleep over his ban. Id also think that before his 'insult', had he actually walked into the pub, there'd be few if any of the regulars had a clue who he was anyway. I recall him delivering our papers for a short while in between regular paperboys from his dads shop. Mixter
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9:33pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Shauny-Boy says...

Any publicity is good publicity.
Since the smoking ban, pubs have been closing on a daily basis, so if Mickey Thompson sees fit to ban the hippo-like Member of Parliament, and it brings much needed customers then why not?
Good on you Mickey!!
Any publicity is good publicity. Since the smoking ban, pubs have been closing on a daily basis, so if Mickey Thompson sees fit to ban the hippo-like Member of Parliament, and it brings much needed customers then why not? Good on you Mickey!! Shauny-Boy
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12:25am Sat 29 Dec 12

samuels david says...

Shauny-Boy,

lampooning a politian is fair game, but persons physical characteristics in any way are not, but that’s just my own opinion!

David Samuels
Shauny-Boy, lampooning a politian is fair game, but persons physical characteristics in any way are not, but that’s just my own opinion! David Samuels samuels david
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1:05am Sat 29 Dec 12

Shauny-Boy says...

Mr Samuels,
Yes, it is your opinion and yes, you are entitled to that opinion, but in MY opinion, if someone, who has been voted into Parliament allows himself to become, in MY opinion, morbidly obese, then not only is he letting his constituents down, but also his family and ultimately himself.
I'm afraid he's a heart attack waiting to happen!
Mr Samuels, Yes, it is your opinion and yes, you are entitled to that opinion, but in MY opinion, if someone, who has been voted into Parliament allows himself to become, in MY opinion, morbidly obese, then not only is he letting his constituents down, but also his family and ultimately himself. I'm afraid he's a heart attack waiting to happen! Shauny-Boy
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9:20am Sat 29 Dec 12

cronk stanley says...

Although I have little time for Eric Pickles, this latest round of stupidity beggars belief. He made a comment, so what ? He is fully entitled to make such a comment, the stupidity comes from Keighley Yorkshire, not Ongar Essex.

I bet that they are laughing their socks off in Ongar, what a embarrassment for Keighley and Yorkshire, just another example of small town stupidity.
Although I have little time for Eric Pickles, this latest round of stupidity beggars belief. He made a comment, so what ? He is fully entitled to make such a comment, the stupidity comes from Keighley Yorkshire, not Ongar Essex. I bet that they are laughing their socks off in Ongar, what a embarrassment for Keighley and Yorkshire, just another example of small town stupidity. cronk stanley
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9:27am Sat 29 Dec 12

Shauny-Boy says...

I find nothing stupid in my comments, just thoughts that come from within.
Yes he made a comment that he claimed was misheard, but did he really expect there to be no backlash in his hometown?
Maybe he was feeling slightly anonymous and felt the need to raise his profile somewhat?
I find nothing stupid in my comments, just thoughts that come from within. Yes he made a comment that he claimed was misheard, but did he really expect there to be no backlash in his hometown? Maybe he was feeling slightly anonymous and felt the need to raise his profile somewhat? Shauny-Boy
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9:38am Sat 29 Dec 12

cronk stanley says...

Shauny-Boy wrote:
Mr Samuels, Yes, it is your opinion and yes, you are entitled to that opinion, but in MY opinion, if someone, who has been voted into Parliament allows himself to become, in MY opinion, morbidly obese, then not only is he letting his constituents down, but also his family and ultimately himself. I'm afraid he's a heart attack waiting to happen!
Full marks for your diagnostic observation
[quote][p][bold]Shauny-Boy[/bold] wrote: Mr Samuels, Yes, it is your opinion and yes, you are entitled to that opinion, but in MY opinion, if someone, who has been voted into Parliament allows himself to become, in MY opinion, morbidly obese, then not only is he letting his constituents down, but also his family and ultimately himself. I'm afraid he's a heart attack waiting to happen![/p][/quote]Full marks for your diagnostic observation cronk stanley
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9:46am Sat 29 Dec 12

cronk stanley says...

Shauny-Boy wrote:
I find nothing stupid in my comments, just thoughts that come from within. Yes he made a comment that he claimed was misheard, but did he really expect there to be no backlash in his hometown? Maybe he was feeling slightly anonymous and felt the need to raise his profile somewhat?
Sorry, perhaps I did not make myself clear, I was not referring to your good self, my comments are directed at the small mindedness of barring him from The Great Northern, and the intention of bringing the matter to Pubwatch.

Once again, not a personal attack on your comments.
[quote][p][bold]Shauny-Boy[/bold] wrote: I find nothing stupid in my comments, just thoughts that come from within. Yes he made a comment that he claimed was misheard, but did he really expect there to be no backlash in his hometown? Maybe he was feeling slightly anonymous and felt the need to raise his profile somewhat?[/p][/quote]Sorry, perhaps I did not make myself clear, I was not referring to your good self, my comments are directed at the small mindedness of barring him from The Great Northern, and the intention of bringing the matter to Pubwatch. Once again, not a personal attack on your comments. cronk stanley
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10:19am Sat 29 Dec 12

Shauny-Boy says...

Cronk Stanley, no worries.
But I reiterate my point that Mickey Thompson, who has only in the last few weeks taken over at the Great Northern, has spotted a great advertising opportunity by 'barring' Mr Pickles. Deep down he probably doesn't give a **** about what Mr Pickles allegedly said, so why not cash in so to speak!
Cronk Stanley, no worries. But I reiterate my point that Mickey Thompson, who has only in the last few weeks taken over at the Great Northern, has spotted a great advertising opportunity by 'barring' Mr Pickles. Deep down he probably doesn't give a **** about what Mr Pickles allegedly said, so why not cash in so to speak! Shauny-Boy
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12:28pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Mixter says...

Publicity is only any good if it produces anything worth having.

Has anyone, ever, patronised a pub, restaurant, or any other public building on the strength of someone being barred who last made a personal appearance 40 years ago?

That really is small town stupidity. Sadly of which Keighley has a veritable surplus. The 'slur' and resulting ban, being just two prime examples.
Publicity is only any good if it produces anything worth having. Has anyone, ever, patronised a pub, restaurant, or any other public building on the strength of someone being barred who last made a personal appearance 40 years ago? That really is small town stupidity. Sadly of which Keighley has a veritable surplus. The 'slur' and resulting ban, being just two prime examples. Mixter
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1:14pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Shauny-Boy says...

Mixter, you seem to almost be taking the pub ban as a personal attack on yourself.
Can you not see that the landlord has made the banning order as a very tongue in cheek exercise?
I don't think it shows 'small town stupidity' more like pride in ones hometown, nothing more nothing less.
Maybe a few more people should take pride in their hometown and not run it down at every opportunity!
Mixter, you seem to almost be taking the pub ban as a personal attack on yourself. Can you not see that the landlord has made the banning order as a very tongue in cheek exercise? I don't think it shows 'small town stupidity' more like pride in ones hometown, nothing more nothing less. Maybe a few more people should take pride in their hometown and not run it down at every opportunity! Shauny-Boy
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2:53pm Sat 29 Dec 12

cronk stanley says...

Yes, it has got the pub some publicity, and if it brings in extra customers, that is good.

It is sad that community locals are suffering so much due to high beer taxes ect. so I will go along with what Shauny & Mixter have said.

I do think that we may well look fools in Ongar, I hope that Yorkshire people are not barred there, Chipping Ongar does have some nice pubs, well worth a visit if you are in that area.
Yes, it has got the pub some publicity, and if it brings in extra customers, that is good. It is sad that community locals are suffering so much due to high beer taxes ect. so I will go along with what Shauny & Mixter have said. I do think that we may well look fools in Ongar, I hope that Yorkshire people are not barred there, Chipping Ongar does have some nice pubs, well worth a visit if you are in that area. cronk stanley
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6:12pm Mon 31 Dec 12

samuels david says...

Mixter, do I detect a small note of cynicism towards, Bradford Council, surely not!

The Keighley Town Council I know and now totally distrust would, if they had full authority, as they are seeking, would jump at the opportunity of making extra money to prop up the finances of its inept financial management, as it must be said is Bradford at this moment.

David Samuels
Mixter, do I detect a small note of cynicism towards, Bradford Council, surely not! The Keighley Town Council I know and now totally distrust would, if they had full authority, as they are seeking, would jump at the opportunity of making extra money to prop up the finances of its inept financial management, as it must be said is Bradford at this moment. David Samuels samuels david
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