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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!

Stephen Brunton

Stephen Brunton

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Stephen Brunton for his service to the Town of Wisbech.

Over the time he has been a Town Councillor Stevo (as we call him) has been consistently active and helpful in every area.

He has turned up at the crack of dawn to help set up festivals and rolled home long after the sun set.

He has worked alone and with other Councillors to resolve issues on behalf of his constituents.

Many people will have seem him as a volunteer manning the first aid tent on many occasions and some will have been helped with an injury or sickness by him.

A year or so ago Stephen met a lady and the two fell in love. They have now moved in together and begun planning their future. But they are living outside the area and Stephen has recently sold his property here.

Stephen has resigned from Town Council, timing that resignation to avoid costs and bureaucracy to the Town Council and the people of the Town. He sent a lovely letter thanking the people of the Town and the Council for the opportunity to serve.

Hopefully we can all thank Stephen for his hard work and diligence and wish him and his partner nothing but the best for the future.

UK Unemployment – down again!

Unemployment remains at 11-year low

Over the last seven years we have been working hard to create more opportunities for ordinary working people. That starts by helping more people into work so that they can earn a living and provide for themselves and their family.

Five years ago there were more than 2.6 million people who were unemployed. Today that number has fallen by almost a million.

And there’s more good news – since 2010 almost 2.7 million people more are in work. That’s millions more people going to work, earning a living and better able to provide for themselves and their family.

With more people in work than ever before, unemployment at its lowest in more than a decade, our economy growing and wages rising, our plan to support ordinary working people is working.

But whilst this is good progress, we know that there is so much more to do if we are to truly build a country that works for everyone.

Share this important news, and together let’s build a country that works for everyone.

I’ll Just Leave This Here

I’ll Just Leave This Here


Wisbech Town Residents’ Survey

Wisbech Town Residents’ Survey

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PMs Speech To Conference 2016

PMs Speech To Conference 2016

I was never a Cameroon, but I did grow to admire the previous PM’s statesmanship and strong Leadership and he was very very good at speeches.

Theresa May is not as good at speeches, but she still delivered it today in a confident and compelling way.  Judging by the commentary I am hearing and reading, the speech was well-received and cleverly politically-positioned.  She is pitching for the broad middle ground and the populist common ground in a way that has hints of Tony Blair and hints of Nigel Farage.  I think she believes it too, so we will probably see policy follow to match the rhetoric.

I was uncomfortable at her comments about “foreign workers” and very uncomfortable about this odd idea of forcing companies to produce “lists” of the national origins of their staff.  I have no problem with encouraging companies to look first to home ground, nor with legislating to prevent unfair discrimination, but creating “lists” and trying to use them to shame companies based on geographical birthplace locations?  Gave me a cold chill, that one.

I’m not a statist, or an authoritarian.  I believe in free markets as the best tool for social mobility and overall good the world has ever seen. I believe that state intervention is often ill-judged, harmful and counter-productive.  So her speech wasn’t pitched at me.  It was pitched at all the: “what is the world coming to?” people out there, who believe that the world is going down the sewer.  She talked a lot about the people who feel “left out” of “Globalism” and set out her stall as a “Woman Of The People.”  Which people she was referring to was a little vague, but it certainly wasn’t rich people.

She took big steps onto Labour territory – before Labour become a hard-left militant personality cult.  And she took big steps onto UKIP territory, before UKIP swung to the Left to try and hoover up Labour’s disaffected Northern vote.  She clearly appealed to that One Nation, “let the state put its  arms around you and keep you safe”, Big Government branch of the Conservatives.  There are lots of them.

But people who think she is another Margaret Thatcher profoundly misunderstand Thatcherism and were clearly not listening to the content of her speech.  In some ways she seems more like Heath than Thatcher.  But even that would be wrong.  She is a whole new thing.  I’m trying to maintain an open mind.  I hope that all the (many) good things she said are actioned and the Statist and Illiberal stuff was just words.  Time will tell, I guess.  But whatever I, or anybody else, thinks – she has certainly thrown down a political gauntlet.  It will be interesting to see what happens next.



If you are a reader of this page who is not a Conservative supporter, please ignore this message. Thanks!

This year, local Conservative Members numbers have skyrocketed. After BREXit and with a new Prime Minister in place we have seen a huge influx of new members.

It is an exciting time both Nationally and locally and there are many plans to keep up the good work improving Wisbech and the wider Fenland area.

Why not come and join us?

Whether you want to be more active on the local political scene, or even if you just want to make a few new friends or generally show your support, we would welcome you aboard.

Help us choose our Council candidates, or maybe you think you might like to stand for election as a Councillor yourself?

Whatever your interest, you will be welcomed, helped and supported every step of the way.

You can choose how involved you want to be. How much time you spend is entirely up to you and there is no minimum (or maximum) commitment.

Want some more information? Have questions? Don’t hesitate to message me!


Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For

I suspect, over the next year or two, a lot of people who never thought they would are going to find they miss David Cameron.

Love him, hate him, it’s hard to deny that he looked and sounded like a Prime Minister.  He was a statesman who thought well on his feet and communicated effectively.

Things are going to change now.  We’ll find out how much when we see who is picked for the new Cabinet.  I predict a lot of familiar boring names, too many “Remainers”, a few people who had a good referendum by playing it safe.  Boris will get a nice job.  We’ll have a new Chancellor, somebody very dull with no economic position worth noting.  There’ll be a few “token” LEAVErs to look balanced, but they’ll be the very safe ones who aren’t likely to cause a headache.

Theresa May has said: “Brexit means Brexit” and that seems fairly unequivocal.  Anybody want to put a bet on this road still having a few unwelcome twists and turns to come?  I don’t think we can count a proper Brexit in the bag until the final line is crossed.  They’re going to cheat and wriggle in true “Cast Iron” style.  Watch and see.

Meanwhile, I find myself very nervous of what is to come.  As Conservatives go, Theresa May is one of the most predictably authoritarian.  If she surrounds herself with like minds, and let’s face it that’s what Leaders usually do, then the direction of travel is going to clear.

UKIP should have been finished by the referendum result and then Farage’s resignation.  They would have been.  But May’s unelected coronation has just breathed fresh air into their lungs.  If she doesn’t push hard enough and fast enough towards the EU Exit Door, UKIP will bounce right back.

Labour, in about as much disarray as a party can be in and still be surviving, may not be in a position to make the most of the commotion right now.  But you know what they say about a week being a long time in politics?  Who knows what tomorrow brings.

I’m not really angry about it all.  Just really, really tired.