My campaign for Greenwich & Woolwich

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

I am thrilled to report that last night I was selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Greenwich & Woolwich for the coming General Election.

It is a huge honour to be given the opportunity to stand in this wonderful constituency and in the place I am proud to call home.  In a borough that has been dominated by Labour for too long, residents in Greenwich and Woolwich need a strong voice – and I am determined to provide the representation they need. Continue reading My campaign for Greenwich & Woolwich

So what’s Scrutiny all about?

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

As I have blogged previously, I rashly made a promise to myself after the election to use this blog after significant council meetings to help open up, in some small way, the workings of our local democracy to more public scrutiny. Scrutiny is in fact the theme of this update, after a week in which I have dipped my toes in the waters of a (to me) new, under-reported yet important side of council business… Continue reading So what’s Scrutiny all about?

Greenwich Time remains – but its day is nearly done

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Before going into last night’s full council meeting – the first since the election and the first under the new Leader of the Council, Cllr Denise Hyland – I said that it was time to see if anything really had changed at Woolwich Town Hall.  The answer is an unsurprising no – below are my first thoughts after the meeting, blogged at speed (so please forgive any typos).  If any reader is only interested in the question of Greenwich Time, the main event last night, skip to about half way down!  Continue reading Greenwich Time remains – but its day is nearly done

In search of a compromise on the Mayor’s inauguration

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

Last night I attended the Mayor’s inauguration in the magnificent Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. It’s fair to say I’ll never be the kind of councillor who goes in for the pomp and ceremony that attaches itself to local democracy, which is often rather over the top – but it was an interesting experience nonetheless (the highlight being the wonderful choir from Ealdham Primary School, where I’m a governor, who had been invited by the new Mayor and Mayoress after their long-standing connection with the school. They were terrific!) Continue reading In search of a compromise on the Mayor’s inauguration

First council meeting – blink and you’d have missed it

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

Last night was the council’s Annual Meeting, and my first as a councillor for Coldharbour & New Eltham and now (as of about 7.10pm last night…) Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  One of the many services local bloggers – I’m looking at you Darryl – have provided in recent years is helping open up council meetings to the public, in the face of the Labour administration’s point-blank refusal, thus far, to introduce the live-streaming of meetings that some of us would like to see. Continue reading First council meeting – blink and you’d have missed it

5 questions over Marks & Spencer’s Woolwich exit

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

I blogged last night on yesterday’s blow to Woolwich from Marks and Spencer’s decision to close its Powis Street store – and the council leadership’s rather unconstructive response.  This is a disappointing decision from M&S – but also a big reminder of the change we need to see from the new council administration, with much more engagement and consultation with businesses large and small, to ensure that we keep the jobs and investment we need in the borough. Continue reading 5 questions over Marks & Spencer’s Woolwich exit

New ways to keep in touch with residents

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

I’ll be holding my first surgery as a Coldharbour & New Eltham ward councillor a week on Saturday – and this week our new poster will be going up on noticeboards across the ward to advertise this and other sessions.  One of the really positive pieces of feedback we had from residents during the election campaign was John and Mandy’s availability over the last 4 years – literally 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

Surgeries are a really important part of that, so we will be continuing to hold 5 a month for the foreseeable future.  While a council candidate I sat in on several alongside John and Mandy, and back when I worked for Chris White MP I often helped with his – I know just how crucial it is that residents know they can always have a face-to-face conversation. Continue reading New ways to keep in touch with residents

Sad news for Woolwich as M&S pulls out

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M&S

Incredibly sad news for Woolwich today, as Marks & Spencer announced the closure of its Powis Street store after 100 years.  This is undeniably a huge loss and raises serious questions about the Labour administration’s failure to engage with shops like M&S, and its failure to create the kind of pro-business environment we need to ensure jobs and vibrancy on our local high streets. Continue reading Sad news for Woolwich as M&S pulls out

Getting started on the council – now the work begins

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

After a hugely enjoyable 15-month campaign, delivering tens of thousands of leaflets and knocking on thousands of doors, I’m delighted to report that I was elected to represent the good people of Coldharbour, Mottingham & New Eltham in the Royal Borough of Greenwich on Thursday. Continue reading Getting started on the council – now the work begins

Win or lose next Thursday, there’ll be a Cafe on the Mound…

Number 8, The MoundPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

I just wanted to take a quick break from campaigning to share some massively exciting news on our efforts to Mend The Mound.  Earlier this year the campaign, which I launched last year with my colleagues Cllr Mandy Brinkhurst and Cllr John Hills, secured improved lighting at the long-neglected Coldharbour shops – and this week has notched up another success. Continue reading Win or lose next Thursday, there’ll be a Cafe on the Mound…