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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
.
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!

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

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