The results are in…

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The results are in! I am absolutely delighted to have received 12,438 votes in the General Election, or 27% of the vote – an increase of 2.1% on 2010 and the best result for the Conservatives in Greenwich & Woolwich since the constituency was created in 1997.

Count result

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Why I’m asking for your vote on Thursday!

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We’re now in the final few hours before the polls open in the most important General Election in a generation.

I have always said that the reason I am standing to be our MP is to secure change – wherever it is needed, and in whatever way possible.  For me, this is what politics is all about.  It’s what drives me as a local councillor and as a volunteer in the community – and it’s what drives me to want to represent our area as it’s new MP. Continue reading Why I’m asking for your vote on Thursday!

Hustings: the full list! One down, nine to go…

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I took part in my first hustings of this General Election campaign on Thursday – a good debate organised by the Friends of Blackheath Halls, covering the three consituencies of Greenwich & Woolwich, Eltham and Lewisham East.  Outgoing Lewisham MP Dame Joan Ruddock kept myself, Labour’s Clive Efford, the Lib Dem’s Julia Fletcher, the Green’s Storm Porun and UKIP’s Gary Harding in order – with a terrific turnout of nearly 150 resdients.

Blackheath Halls hustings

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Thomas Turrell to fight Greenwich West by-election

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I’m delighted to report that Greenwich Conservatives have selected long-standing local campaigner Thomas Turrell as our candidate for the Greenwich West council by-election being held on the same day as the General Election.  There are full details on the Greenwich Conservatives website here.   Continue reading Thomas Turrell to fight Greenwich West by-election

Labour candidate resigns to spend more time with his confidence

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So, here we have it: my Labour opponent in the General Election, Matt Pennycook, has resigned his seat on the council – 52 days before an election he is evidently supremely confident of winning.  There will now be a by-election to replace him in Greenwich West ward on the same day as the General Election, 7th May. Continue reading Labour candidate resigns to spend more time with his confidence

PM announces new Free School on the Peninsula

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I’m delighted that in his education speech today, the Prime Minister announced Stationers’ Academy Greenwich Peninsula as one of 49 new Free Schools set to open in September 2016.

The secondary school – part of the Leigh Academies Trust – will be a ‘sister’ school to the highly successful and Crown Woods Academy in Eltham.  The school will focus on business and digital enterprise, to tie into the growing digital economy on the Peninsula – and follows the extremely popular and over-subscribed Greenwich Free School as the second to be approved in our borough. Continue reading PM announces new Free School on the Peninsula

Taking Southeastern to task at the Town Hall

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On Thursday I had the opportunity to ask some searching questions of Southeastern, as well as Network Rail and Transport for London, at a bumper councillors’ scrutiny meeting at Woolwich Town Hall.

Thanks in large part to lobbying from my colleague Cllr Matt Clare, the Conservative Transport Spokesperson in the Royal Borough, this meeting was arranged to enable councillors to hold Southeastern, in particular, to account over measures to improve the atrocious service local commuters receive. I’ve detailed the results of our questioning below. Continue reading Taking Southeastern to task at the Town Hall

Could this be it for Greenwich Time?

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News Shopper vs Greenwich Time 28 Jan 2014

Could this be it for Greenwich Time?  I made my first speech in the council chamber on the subject of the Labour-run council’s weekly propaganda newspaper, which has long drawn the ire of local opposition politicians and the secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles. Continue reading Could this be it for Greenwich Time?

Living Wage Incentive Scheme becomes council policy

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This post first appeared on greenwich.co.uk here.

After four years involved in local goings-on in Greenwich, I have learned that we live in a borough with a particularly frustrating political culture.  With three Labour MPs, 43 Labour councillors and only eight Conservatives on the council, as a member of the opposition, it can sometimes feel like an uphill struggle to get things done.  All eight of us on the Conservative benches have a solid track record of local achievements in our wards – but when it comes to the council chamber, I don’t mind admitting that the Labour Party’s huge majority can make the going tough. Continue reading Living Wage Incentive Scheme becomes council policy

New proposal to help tackle low pay in Greenwich

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At next week’s council meeting I will be proposing a new Greenwich Living Wage Incentive Scheme to encourage employers in the borough to pay the London Living Wage, which could make a huge difference to thousands of residents at no extra cost to the council taxpayer.

While the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Greenwich has fallen by an incredible 39 percent since 2010, figures compiled for the London Poverty Profile show that more than one in five jobs in the borough (21 percent) are paid less than the London Living Wage (the amount calculated as necessary to earn enough to cover the basic cost of living, currently set at £9.15 an hour) – and I believe the council has a responsibility to do more to tackle low pay across the borough. Continue reading New proposal to help tackle low pay in Greenwich