Sunday, 31 May 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
- Conservatives believe in a small state - they believe in pushing power downwards - they believe in localism and Cameron has grasped this oppurtunity. So what does this all mean in real terms what would he do if he was Prime Minister, well he has set out some clear proposals for change. These include:
- Limited the power of the PM, by giving serious consideration to fixed term Parliaments
- Proposing to give MP's free votes at the committee stage of bills
- Boosting the power of backbench MP's by giving them the power to choose the chairs and members of commons select committees.
- Curb the power of the executive by limiting the use of Royal Perogative that is accustomed to the role of Prime Minister
- Publish the expenses claims of all public servants earning more than 150k.
- Stengthen Local Government by allowing Councils to overturn whitehall decisions - such as to close postoffices or local services, by giving them the power to raise money to keep them open.
- Advocating the use of open primaries when selecting party candidates for a general election.
These bullet points are by no means going to solve everything that is currently wrong with our democracy, but they are a start and if Cameron continues down this pathway - then that will only be for the benefit of us all.
Monday, 25 May 2009
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Cllr D Drew, Tom Thacker & Myself
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Lets have a General Election now - sign for change at http://www.conservatives.com/
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Saturday, 16 May 2009
In a week where the news has been literally dominated by MP's Expenses - and as I said yesterday the main issue on the doorstep, it was nice to Canvass alongside Sir George Young. I am reliably informed that some County Council Candidates across the Country are asking their MP not to come out campaigning with them as they don't want to be associated with the bad press associated with expenses. That was never going to be the case with our hard working MP. His expenses have been published on his website for the last four months. He was telling people that the Conservatives are in favour of a change in the system and that David Cameron's stance of making Conservative MPs pay the money back where they have submitted an unjustifiable claim was the correct one.
All in all a good evening canvassing - we will be knocking on a door near you very soon.
Cllr P Mutton, Myself & Sir George Young MP
Friday, 15 May 2009
The main issue on the doorstep and I imagine this is the same for all parties out canvassing at the moment - is undoubtedly MP's expenses. It is shocking what some MP's have been up to, not all I must stress, and it is also shocking that in some cases the court of public opinion tars all polticians however minor with the same brush. I personally do not claim any expenses from the council. I do take up my allowance which is just over 6k a year ( not at all enough to pay one mortgage, let alone one on a second home) - but I don't claim for any fuel expenses etc, etc. In terms of the Westminster state of affairs it is a system that has to be changed and I think David Cameron has shown some real leadership on this matter in the last week. For the good of everybody in this country I hope it gets sorted as soon as possible.
Overall though it was a succesful day - with a great level of support for the Conservatives. From the people I speak to it is not just that they want to send Gordon Brown a message at these Local & European elections - they genuinely want a Conservtive Government so change can happen in this country. Im off later on to do some canvassing in my own patch with our fantastic candidate for Andover North Pam Mutton.
Cllr E Charnley, County Cllr P West & Myself