A marathon and a sprint

Matt Hartley marathon

On Tuesday I was deeply honoured to be selected by local party members as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Eltham in the General Election on June 8th.

The selection meeting came two days after I ran my first London Marathon – an interesting experience on day two of my recovery from 5 hours 53 minutes of running!

With just 41 days to go, this General Election, of course, isn’t a marathon – but a sprint.  I look forward to making my case to residents in the weeks ahead.

(On a personal note I would also like to thank residents, friends and colleagues for their support in the Marathon and help in raising funds for The Archway Project – and also the Mayor and my fellow councillors of all parties for their support and encouragement)

Tonight’s July Council meeting – how to watch & what to expect

Town Hall
Cllr Mark Elliott at the Town Hall

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Last month I tried to get back into the habit of using my blog to shed some light on Full Council meetings at the Town Hall, for those interested! My blog post in advance of the June Full Council received an unexpected mention in the meeting, as it turns out my one-time Labour opposite number Cllr John Fahy is a voracious reader!  I’m not sure he liked what he read.

Cllr Fahy aside, the post got a fair few views and a positive reception, so I will try to continue in advance of Full Council meetings from now on.

Firstly, you can watch the meeting online here – on which, more later – and you can find the agenda here. Continue reading Tonight’s July Council meeting – how to watch & what to expect

A guide to tonight’s June Council meeting

Woolwich Town HallPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

Despite everything else that’s going on, the business of government – and local government – continues.  Or in our case, local opposition!

Here’s a quick preview of tonight’s June Full Council meeting at Woolwich Town Hall, which you can watch – should you be so inclined – online from 7pm and afterwards here.  Here’s the agenda for the meeting.

Continue reading A guide to tonight’s June Council meeting

Greenwich Labour Cabinet Member sacked on the quiet

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It’s not often this blog carries breaking news – but it seems that Greenwich Labour’s Councillor John Fahy, the Deputy Leader of the Council, has been quietly sacked from his job as the borough’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services.

No announcement has been made by the Council or Greenwich Labour as to the reason John has been sacked from the brief he was appointed to by Council Leader Denise Hyland 18 months ago. Continue reading Greenwich Labour Cabinet Member sacked on the quiet

Why Syed Kamall has my vote for Mayor of London

Syed on the Greenwich campaign trail in 2014
Syed on the Greenwich campaign trail in 2014

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In the space of two weeks, the contest for the Conservative nomination for Mayor of London has finally come alive.  The Party is lucky to have several strong candidates in the running – Zac Goldsmith, Andrew Boff, and now, after much deliberation, Syed Kamall joining the race on Friday.  All three have a lot to offer – and from the Greenwich perspective, Andrew and Syed have both been long-standing friends of our borough and its residents in their roles at the London Assembly and European Parliament.

I urged Syed to run earlier this year – and I’m backing him for the nomination now – because I know his ideas and his leadership are exactly what London needs to tackle the challenges it faces.  We share the same politics – achieving smaller, more effective government, backing businesses to create wealth and opportunity, and ensuring that anyone who works hard can achieve their aspirations.  Most importantly of all, we both believe in a relentless focus on tackling poverty – and not through the lazy idea that the only solution to a problem is for the state to throw money at it.

Continue reading Why Syed Kamall has my vote for Mayor of London

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

Continue reading The results are in…

Why I’m asking for your vote on Thursday!

HustingsPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

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

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

Thomas Turrell to fight Greenwich West by-election

Tom and Matt talking outside foot tunnelPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

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