Today is a great day for Cambridgeshire with the announcement that the Tour de France 2014 is coming to the county for the start of the third stage of the race.
A huge amount of effort has gone into this from Councillors of all parties and officers at both the County and City Councils who have worked with our colleagues in Yorkshire. They deserve the real credit for the way they have put their bid together.
Over the next few months we will be sorting out the route, maximising the economic impact of Le Tour and ensuring there is no additional financial cost to City and County taxpayers.
However, all of this could have been put in jeopardy due to the selfish actions of one man.
Last night, the local Cambridge MP decided to confirm this story to a local newspaper – ahead of a strict embargo – breaking all the rules and protocol which had been set down by the Tour organisers.
I have to wonder what the motives were behind this decision. Was it to claim the credit for the work of others, see his name once more in the paper or show that he cannot be trusted with confidential information?
Either way, it would have taken very little effort on our MP’s behalf to have waited until today to welcome Le Tour, as per the wishes of the organisers. Clearly this simple task appears too much to ask of someone who claims to represent Cambridge but spends most of his time promoting himself.
After his actions last night, I have to ask whether I can speak with our MP in confidence in the future. For his behaviour and scant regard for the wishes of others seem to be forgotten as soon as he sees the chance to see his name in lights.
It is incredibly sad that on a day of great news for us all, we are left feeling very frustrated by the actions of a man who jumps up and down like a giddy school boy whenever he is told a secret.