Gordon Brown Backs Noel Edmonds TV Campaign

by Lisa McGarry


Prime Minister, Gordon Brown is backing Noel Edmonds campaign against bosses of Wealden Council.

Council officials have blocked 20-year-old Royal Marine Joe Townsend from erecting a bungalow at the grounds of his grandparents in Pevensey, East Sussex. Townsend lost the use of both of his legs while on duty in Afghanistan and Noel has been fronting a campaign trying to reverse the decision of the council.

Noel has been frustrated thus far by the refusal of council boss Jim Van den Bos, to speak to an “entertainment show”.

Edmonds told viewersof his show, ‘Noel’s HQ’: “Mr Van den Bos I have a message for you. Don’t simply think this is an entertainment show.

“I created this show. I do not get paid to do this show. I decided no fee, [because] I wanted to put my heart and soul into it, because I wanted to fight people like you and your council. I think you are at the heart of what’s wrong with this country.”

He continued: “I know I’m right. [Liberal Democrat leader] Nick Clegg is behind us. [Conservative Party leader] David Cameron has given us a statement. And wait for this Mr Van den Bos, who would sneer at what we’re doing here, because you are sneering at millions of other people in this country. Remember that you are a public servant – who pays your money? We have a statement from Gordon Brown.

“I make no excuse for talking so passionately, I can’t remember feeling this angry and I’ve never been this angry in a studio.”

In a statement to Edmonds’s show, the PM said: “The whole country owes Joe a huge debt of gratitude for the sacrifice he has made to this country and it’s unacceptable that he has been stopped from having a home of his choice. Wealden must do the right thing immediately and reconsider this case.”