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

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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

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!

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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

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

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