Southeastern commuters have suffered for far too long

Matt Hartley and Chris Grayling at Eltham station

 

I invited Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, to Eltham yesterday to talk about the Department for Transport’s ongoing consultation on the future of the South Eastern rail franchise.  You can read the interview that Chris gave yesterday to the Greenwich Mercury online here.

As an Eltham councillor and Leader of the Conservatives at the Town Hall, I have strongly opposed any suggestion that Bexleyheath line trains should go to Cannon Street only.   The answer to South East London’s transport problems is more connectivity, not less – and I have been making the case to Ministers for Charing Cross and Victoria services to be maintained.

This week I submitted the Conservative Council Group’s formal response to the consultation, which has been extended until 30th June to give commuters more time to share their views.

In our meeting yesterday and in his interview with the Mercury, Chris Grayling was very clear – his priority as Transport Secretary is improving services and crucially, delivering longer trains – and when it comes to the issue of the terminals served from our local stations, he is not going to make any change that doesn’t have the support of commuters. Continue reading Southeastern commuters have suffered for far too long

Speaking to shoppers and local businesses with Dr Liam Fox

Dr Liam Fox and Matt Hartley on Westmount Road, Eltham

Today I welcomed Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, to Eltham to speak to shoppers and businesses on Westmount Road – including the bakery that is fuelling me through another campaign!

I was also pleased that Liam was able to join me on the doorstep on the Horn Park estate, speaking to residents about the work he is doing to open Britain up to the world following the Brexit vote.  I’m getting more and more long-time Labour voters offering their support for my campaign, voting Conservative for the first time. Continue reading Speaking to shoppers and local businesses with Dr Liam Fox

The Prime Minister’s London campaign launch

Matt Hartley and Theresa May

I was pleased to join the Prime Minister, with other candidates across London, for the launch of our London General Election campaign on Monday.

My team and I have visited thousands of doors across Eltham, New Eltham, Mottingham, Kidbrooke, Shooters Hill and Plumstead already (and if you haven’t had a knock at the door already, we’ll be around just as soon as we can!).  It’s clear that people are increasingly focusing on the big choice on June 8th. Continue reading The Prime Minister’s London campaign launch

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)

Theresa May is the Prime Minister we need

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

Quite a week. Without a shadow of doubt, I will be casting my ballot for Theresa May to become Leader of the Conservative Party,  and the Prime Minister we need to bring this country back together.

I say this as a Brexiter who was proud to have played my small part in helping to bring about the UK’s vote to Leave the European Union last Thursday – the right result, and one that I think our children and grandchildren will thank us for.

The Home Secretary campaigned for the opposite – but it is clear that she can and will deliver the Brexit that 17 million people voted for, and lead a government that will negotiate for us the best possible terms. Continue reading Theresa May is the Prime Minister we need

This wretched referendum is nearly over – the hard part comes next

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

As I blogged my thoughts at the start of this referendum, I thought I had better do so at the end too.  The campaign that has unfolded since is nearly over – but a far tougher test is on the way.

For my part, for all the sound and fury, the scare tactics, the endorsements, editorials, speeches and TV specials, my view remains unchanged – I’ll be voting Leave on Thursday, despite this interminable campaign, and not because of it. Continue reading This wretched referendum is nearly over – the hard part comes next

I’ve decided to #VoteLeave – here’s why

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

I’ll be voting to leave the EU on 23rd June – not a position I was expecting to be in just a few months ago.  Here’s why.

I voted for David Cameron as Party Leader and think he is leading an outstanding government, delivering exactly the kind of One Nation reform the country needs.  I’m proud to have played my small part in the two election victories that put him, and kept him, in No 10.  I also think he has done everything he can to renegotiate the UK’s relationship with the EU – showing real tenacity to bring back a better deal to put to the public.

But for me, with a soul thoroughly searched, it’s just not enough. Continue reading I’ve decided to #VoteLeave – here’s why

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

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

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…

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

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!