Not in it for the money

November 18, 2005

Barry Sheerman, chairman of the House of Commons Education and Skills Committee, has a personal website that must be the envy of his colleagues. Resembling the home page of a small corporation or smart charitable trust, browsers are offered three options: Barry (Mr Sheerman uses his first name on the site) "MP for Huddersfield", Barry "Parliamentarian" and Barry "Social entrepreneur". The last outlines some of Mr Sheerman's good works for charity. If that isn't impressive enough, Mr Sheerman's website address is www.barrysheerman.org.uk - the ".org"

suffix is commonly used by non-profit bodies such as charities, trade unions and the Labour Party. Beat that.

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