by Lindsay Brown
Edinburgh City Council mistakenly taxed Michael Henderson, 22, an extra £800. Nigel Griffiths, MP for South Edinburgh, corrected the charges and recruited conservative Henderson to pass flyers on the Labour Party’s behalf.
After 6 months of written correspondence to correct the overcharge, Henderson wrote a thank you letter to Griffiths and offered hypothetical help as a sign of appreciation.
“I had written that if there was anything I could to do help him, don’t hesitate to ask,” Henderson said. “I didn’t expect him to take me up on it.”
Yesterday Henderson received a request from Griffiths to help distribute pro-labour pamphlets, despite that Henderson never communicated his political affiliation with Griffiths. “He pointed that since I had offered, he was asking,” Henderson said.
When Henderson began corresponding with Edinburgh City Council regarding the overcharge, he cc’d Griffiths in his emails.
Henderson lives in South Edinburgh with three students, entitling him to a tax discount. Henderson has been corresponding with City Council since receiving the unexpected bill for £2200 roughly 6 months ago. Henderson, who works full time, has lived with students for three years.
Initially, City Council taxed him as if he had not been living with three students. Griffiths, upholding his originally designed Contract to Constituents, interceded on Henderson’s behalf.
Griffiths is the first Labour Party MP for South Edinburgh. His Contract to Constituents, posted on his website at http://www.nigelgriffiths.co.uk/contractwithedinburghsouthconstituents, states that he will help all his constituents regardless of their political party.
Through complicated circumstances, local constituent Henderson has now volunteered to help Griffiths in his efforts.
“I told him I will do it. I can’t go back on my word,” Henderson said.