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The NHS – Safe In Conservative Hands

The NHS – Safe In Conservative Hands

The Conservative Party were the party who first proposed the NHS (and the Welfare State) and so it is fitting that the Government now commits the largest ever increase in its funding, £20.5 Billion.

Next time some Lefty tells you “The Conservatives want to sell off the NHS” laugh at them, remind them it  was Labour that sold off a hospital, and that only through good economic management can huge increases like the current one be possible.

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Go Now.

Go Now.

It is often said amongst Conservative circles that “blue on blue” is a fight we should never have.

I don’t agree with that, but I do try and always make sure my criticisms are logical and valid.

I would just like to make a plea to Prime Minister Theresa May.

Yes, I know, she doesn’t read my little blog and never will.  But sometimes it takes many small voices to get one big voice to listen.

Mrs May.  Please make way for a new Leader.

I am sure you have done your best.  I am sure you believed in what you were doing.  I am sure you meant well.

But you led us into a disastrous early election, you ran the worst campaign many of us have ever seen.

And now you are reneging on our commitment to a proper Brexit.

Inside the Westminster bubble it must seem as though things are going okay.

Things are not going okay.

Your present path leads the Conservative Party to disaster and the country into dark waters.

We voted for Brexit.  You said you would deliver it.  This sham you are trying to push through is not real Brexit.

Please.  Go now.  Make way for a Leader who has the ability, courage and desire to deliver on the democratic will of the British people.

It is nearly too late, but not quite.  Yet.  Do the right thing for Party and Country.  Please.

You may think it will be messy, and you are right.  But not nearly as messy and damaging as if you hold on.

 

North Ward / Waterlees Has Three New Councillors

North Ward / Waterlees Has Three New Councillors

Following the abrupt and expensive resignations of Cllrs Lay, Bucknor and Bucknor from Wisbech Town Council, a by-election has been held to find three replacements.

The political battleground was a straight duel between Labour and the Conservatives.

Labour threw everything and the kitchen sink at it.  Volunteers were drafted in from far and wide and the most comprehensive campaign I’ve seen them run in recent years took place.

I think that letting the Bucknors have a free ride for years has seriously harmed their base in the area, because despite giving it their best and throwing lots of resources at it, they failed to make the mark they hoped.  Nevertheless, they ran a clean campaign and did not get bogged down in the nastiness and vitriol seen from other quarters.  They can be proud of their part in a well-fought and fair by-election.

I am pleased and proud that all three seats were won, comfortably, by the three Conservative candidates; Andy Maul, Laura Cobb and Andrew Lynn.  All three are completely fresh faces to the local political scene and I am looking forwards to working with them for many years to come.

North Ward / Waterlees By-Election, Part 2

North Ward / Waterlees By-Election, Part 2

Just returned from a hectic afternoon canvassing with the North Ward / Waterlees Conservative team.
 
There was a huge pack of us out today and we managed to canvass and leaflet a large area.
 
This campaign is a lot of fun as everybody seems to know all three of our candidates so well. Not sure I’ve ever been on a campaign where the candidates seem to know every person, their partner, their kids, their grandparents in quite this way before :) But its brilliant to be working with such a passionate and LOCAL team.
 

North Ward / Waterlees August 2017 Campaign Begins

North Ward / Waterlees August 2017 Campaign Begins
Campaigning started for the North Ward / Waterlees By-Election today.
 
It was a nice day for the North Ward Team to be out and about and we encountered many local people on our rounds.
 
The atmosphere remains upbeat and positive as it was in May. Things are really changing now and I think people recognise that.
 
Looking forward to getting Andy Maul, Andrew Lynn and Laura Cobb elected! That will be such a strong team. Alongside Billy Rackley and I, we will be able to really get things done.
 
Thanks to the people we met en route. Looking forward to seeing many, many more people in the month ahead and introducing them to our three excellent Conservative candidates.

#Moggmentum

#Moggmentum

North Ward / Waterlees By-Election

North Ward / Waterlees By-Election

Wisbech Conservatives did not want three by-elections in August.

We’ve already had enough elections this year.
We didn’t want to have to spend thousands of pounds of taxpayer’s money on another one. It could have been better spent on the actual town than another election
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Nevertheless, Alan Lay decided he was too old to go on, and the Bucknors quit out of the blue also. So we have had no choice but to find candidates.
 
But they say every cloud has a silver lining and this particular silver lining is a great one. Because we have three FANTASTIC Conservative candidates for Waterlees/North Ward.
 
People say they want local candidates, people who are known in the area and who know the area. People who understand the local issues and are invested in the community.
 
We have three people exactly like that. Three candidates who we are sure will work very hard for North Ward / Waterlees. Three candidates who can join Billy Rackley (at Town Council) and Steve Tierney (as the County Councillor) to finally begin to deliver the services and support that local people deserve.
 
Andrew Lynn – Born and Bred in North Ward / Waterlees. Proud Son of Wisbech. Has worked for years with the homeless and is a foster carer.
 
Andy Maul – Proprietor of Bygones Cafe, the much-loved diner in the town centre. Well known and well-respected by his friends and customers, Andy wants to work with Wisbech Town Council to return the Market Place to glory, investing in and growing what it offers for everybody.
 
Laura Cobb – Teaching Assistant at Orchards School. Born n’ Bred North Ward / Waterlees, friendly, helpful and approachable. Laura is keen to see more services for families and children, in particular the rebuilding and expansion of the Skate Park in the ward.
 
These are the three candidates that have been selected to represent the Conservatives in the by-election at the end of August. More information will be forthcoming as the campaign progresses, of course.
 
But that’s a *strong* team, isn’t it? A strong team for North Ward / Waterlees. A strong team for the Town Council. A strong team for Wisbech.

Manic Monday

Manic Monday

My busy Monday started with the Wisbech & District Tenants and Residents’ Association, followed by several meetings with constituents this afternoon and then a pile of my own paperwork and casework to do.

This evening was the Annual Assembly of Wisbech Town Council.  In the past, turnout has occasionally been zero, but today we had a few in and three members of the public chose to raise local issues.  Two related to suggestions for things to do with the Market Place, which were timely as the Town Council is looking to do a major makeover project there in the next couple of years.  The third was a request to consider consulting with the public on a name change of the Waterlees “Village” Ward back to its traditional name: “North Ward.”   Councillors are bound to give consideration to all points raised.  All three sounded good to me.

We had the news today of another potential by-election in Wisbech.  Alan Lay sent a resignation letter which basically said: “I’m Eighty now, I don’t want to be a Councillor anymore, so bye!”  Which would be fair enough if it didn’t raise the specter of yet another expensive town council election just when everybody is downright sick of elections.

I grabbed a late supper with Jonathan Farmer, Garry Tibbs, Dave Topgood and Sam Hoy, which was enjoyable.

Celebration Barbecue

Celebration Barbecue

I’ve just spent an enjoyable afternoon with friends and colleagues at the Conservative fundraising event organised by the Roman Bank Branch of N.E.C.C.A. (North East Cambs Conservative Association.)

It was good to see such a fantastic turnout and so many new members / faces as well.  The weather held out long enough that we enjoyed good food and drink and lots of chatter.  Steve Barclay MP stopped by and got a big cheer for his astonishing win this week, increasing his vote dramatically.

Then it was hot tub and sauna time as those who remembered to bring cozzies took the plunge, steam and soak challenge.

Conservative membership has been up all year, but the General Election is bringing in lots of new people and that’s an exciting development.

 

NE Cambs Election, 2017

NE Cambs Election, 2017

Our local result in North East Cambridgeshire was declared at 3:55 this morning and was as follows:

Steve Barclay (Conservative)  34,340;

Labour                                   13,070;

Liberal Democrats                     2,383;

UKIP                                        2,174;

Green                                       1,024;

English Democrat                        293.

Congratulations to Steve on increasing his vote and increasing his majority in North East Cambridgeshire!