WATCH – Why I’m standing to be our new MP

It’s been a busy Bank Holiday weekend of knocking on doors across Eltham, Kidbrooke, Blackheath and Plumstead.  I took a moment on the Coldharbour estate, which I represent on the council, to make a quick video explaining why I’m standing to be our new MP…

Speaking to residents on the Coldharbour

Matt Hartley and Priti Patel visit

I’m incredibly grateful for the hundreds of messages of support I’ve had since my selection as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Eltham on Tuesday night.  The campaign is well under way and my team and I are out knocking on as many doors as we can, talking about the high stakes in this election – nationally and locally.

I was pleased to welcome Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel to the Coldharbour, in my council ward, on Friday afternoon, to talk to residents about the choice they face on June 8th.  My ward colleagues Cllr John Hills and Mandy Brinkhurst also joined us to take about some of the issues we’ve been tackling on the estate as local councillors.

There’s a packed weekend of campaigning ahead – in the meantime, the Mercury has covered the start of the campaign – you can read their article here – and like my Facebook page here.

Greenwich Time remains – but its day is nearly done

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

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

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

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…

Good news for our Mend The Mound campaign, and on the Porcupine

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

I’ve just noticed that it has been 2 months since I last blogged – this year really is galloping past.  My absence has been in large part down to two local campaigns I’ve been involved that have culminated at the same time.  Fortunately, in success! Continue reading Good news for our Mend The Mound campaign, and on the Porcupine

Huge public support for our campaign to #MendTheMound

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

Today was the last day for signatures on the Mend The Mound petition that I helped launch at the end of October – part of our new campaign to force the council to end its neglect of the shops at the heart of the Coldharbour estate.

I’m delighted to report that 642 residents have signed the petition in the shops, online and at our busy Saturday street stalls on William Barefoot Drive. Continue reading Huge public support for our campaign to #MendTheMound

Launching our new campaign to Mend The Mound

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

I’ve been away from the blog for a couple of weeks, and this post in part explains why!  Today we are launching a new campaign on behalf of Coldharbour residents called Mend The Mound – with a petition to force the council to take long-overdue action to regenerate the local shops.

Over the last couple of months, Cllr John Hills, Cllr Mandy Brinkhurst and I have been conducting a survey across the Coldharbour.  Continue reading Launching our new campaign to Mend The Mound