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.

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New ‘Sort it, Southeastern’ campaign

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

Today I am launching a new consumer campaign – Sort It, Southeastern – to secure much-needed change in the atrocious service that commuters across Greenwich receive.

When I was selected as Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Greenwich and Woolwich back in July, I made championing the interests of frustrated Southeastern commuters in the constituency one of my first pledges in this campaign. Continue reading New ‘Sort it, Southeastern’ campaign

The campaigning begins!

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

It’s been 6 busy days since I was selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Greenwich & Woolwich, and I’ve been working hard to get my campaign up and running and off to a flying start.

The News ShopperMercury (page 10) and Greenwich.co.uk have all reported the news (but don’t expect to see it in Greenwich Time anytime soon…), and I’ve also been deluged by very kind messages of support – including many from some very unexpected places! Continue reading The campaigning begins!

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

Machine politics alive and well at Greenwich council

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

Last night’s Greenwich council meeting started, appropriately enough, with the Mayor Angela Cornforth announcing that she had turned down a request for the meeting to be filmed.  This comes despite government guidance to the contrary, and despite the main issue on the agenda – the council’s new Pavement Tax on local traders – being one that has probably generated more controversy and public interest than any other in the last year.

After sitting through the meeting that followed in the public gallery, it is little wonder why the Royal Borough’s Labour Mayor – also in the running to be Labour’s new prospective MP for Greenwich & Woolwich – did not want the ruling Labour group’s actions to be filmed yesterday evening. Continue reading Machine politics alive and well at Greenwich council

Why council meetings should be streamed online

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

As a candidate in the Royal Borough of Greenwich council elections next year, I’m making it my business to pop along to council meetings to sit in the public gallery – which is where I was last night for a three-and-a-half hour sitting that as usual, was pretty disheartening stuff.

Labour’s tactics in silencing debate on two opposition motions put forward by the Conservative group were nothing short of a disgrace. Continue reading Why council meetings should be streamed online