With the recent resignation of Ruth Kelly as Transport Secretary, Cambridge Conservatives call upon Labour to drop their congestion charging blackmail and allow Cambridgeshire to submit a bid for the funds that we need to support the growth planned for our area without having to wait for a Conservative Government.Andrew Bower
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
City Conservatives welcome the news that a Conservative Government would help to restore weekly refuse collections.
The Labour Government has been bullying individuals, families and local councils with ever more draconian measures to force them to recycle, including land fill taxes for overstretched local authorities, the prospect of microchips in bins and encouraging neighbours to spy on each other.
Conservative-controlled Cambridgeshire County Council is streets ahead of the rest of the country with a recycling rate of 54.4%, compared with an average for England of 33.9%. A survey by the County Council shows that residents are enthusiastic about playing their part in looking after our planet. But many people, while willing to do their best to separate their rubbish out fully, find the two-week gap between collections leads to storage difficulties and hygiene problems.
The proposals from Conservative Local Government spokesman Eric Pickles include:
Local campaigner Andrew Bower says, "Improving the service experienced by residents does not have to lead to a reduction in recycling rates. With some imagination we should be able to improve both. These latest proposals from Eric Pickles are just what we need in Cambridge."
27th September 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
"WE RARELY waste space on the unworldly Lib Dems.
They spend too much time trying to raise taxes, increase spending and surrender to Brussels.
That’s why they are on a miserable 16 per cent in the polls.
But what’s this? The sandal-wearers have had a brainstorm. They want to SLASH spending, CUT taxes and ditch plans to join the euro?
Why don’t they save time and just join the Tories?"
.... Because the leadership will say anything to gain a vote, is the most likely answer. Just as they chased Labour supporters in earlier elections to maximise an anti-Conservative vote, now the Lib Dems are trying to be 'more anti-Labour than thou' in search of Conservative support.
The choice at the next election is between a Labour or a Conservative government. Ticking the 'don't know' box will not move Labour out of Downing Street, and having a 'don't know'' MP means that the city will never get a voice heard at the heart of government, able to influence debates and stand up for the city's interests on the issues that matter.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Once again the Lib Dems running Cambridge City Council ducked an opportunity to improve the quality of decisions made by the council at a full meeting of the council last night. They should learn from the County Council, which this year won an award for the quality of its scrutiny.
Since the Local Government Act 2000, district councils, like the City Council, have been required to adopt one of a number of 'strong government' models. Cambridge therefore replaced the old committee system with a set of 'executive councillors'.
Unfortunately the Lib Dems have chosen to stuff all of the scrutiny committees with chairmen from their own group, rendering those committees completely useless at holding the executive to account.
While City Conservatives respect the right of the elected ruling Lib Dem group to try to implement its own set of priorities, the crony scrutiny system is unacceptable.
Both Lib Dem and Labour county councillors from within Cambridge have been known to praise the County Council for running an effective scrutiny system and allowing opposition councillors to chair scrutiny committees and even the Lib Dem leader, Mr Clegg, has praised (p. 6) his party in Kingston for running such a system. We challenge the local Lib Dems to think again.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Dear sir,___________________________The letter (3rd September) from a Labour spokesman on Post Office closures was both eloquent and deficient.He is right to point out the failures of the closure consultation process. The plans to shut St Johns Post Office in Hills Road are deeply flawed for reasons that he, and Chris Howell his Conservative successor as a Coleridge councillor, have set out.However, from his letter there is no sense of Labour’s responsibility for the closure scheme in the first place. He does not, for obvious reasons, tell us that it is a Labour government that started the closure process. Labour have set the guidelines for deciding those closures with no positive campaign to find better ways of delivering Post Office services, or expanding into new services.When even Labour candidates distance themselves from their own government, isn’t it time for change?
City of Cambridge Conservatives
Monday, September 8, 2008
Cambridge City Council’s tax collection rate worsened by £110,000 compared to last year, according to figures released today by the GMB trade union.
A grand total of £1,139,000 of tax was not collected by the Liberal Democrat council. It continues to hold the unenviable position at the bottom of the county’s collection efficiency league table.
The table can be found via:
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Today the Government announced losing the details of a further 5,000 people, this time employees of the Justice Ministry. See “Data on 5,000 justice staff lost" - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7602402.stm.
These are 5,000 further reasons why the proposed national identity register, a necessary part of the ID Cards scheme, needs to be stopped.
The ID Cards database would become a government-hosted one-stop-shop for identity thieves.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
“If They Haven’t Heard You, You Haven’t Said It,” is a quote from a former Downing Street adviser. One of the roles of this website is to enable Cambridge residents to read views and comments that are not found in the local papers. This absence is not due to a lack of press releases, or not attending meetings, but because the information is not always taken up by the media.Examples this year of news omissions or diversions include…
- Labour’s Stamp Duty Dithering – No coverage of City Conservative comments. Quote from Lib Dem MP used.
- Post Office Public Meeting – No coverage of City Conservative comments. Quotes from Lib Dem MP and Labour candidate used.
- Action to Help with Energy Bills and add to the Post Office's Services – No coverage of Conservative comments. Quotes from Lib Dems – in two stories – about Post Office closures used instead.
- County Council’s Corporate Services Scrutiny Committee – No coverage of City Conservative comments. Article in line with Lib Dem attacks.
- Policy Exchange Report – A quote was used, but about the think tank that published the report and not the Lib Dem who wrote it.
- Congestion Charge and Eastern Development Discussed by the City Council’s Scrutiny Committee – No coverage of City Conservative comments. Quotes from Lib Dems, Labour and even the Cycling Campaign used.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Today’s announcement on Stamp Duty is almost two months after the city Tories called for action.
Richard Normington, the City’s Conservative spokesman, said, “We called for action on Stamp Duty on 4th July. Labour reacted two months later. Labour’s Stamp Duty dithering stalled the housing market unnecessarily. This is too little, too late.”
"We believe in encouraging homeownership, not putting obstacles in people’s way. And that is why the next Conservative Government will abolish Stamp Duty for 9 out of 10 first-time buyers. Anyone who buys their first home for under £250,000 will pay no Stamp Duty at all. This will take 200,000 people a year out of Stamp Duty altogether."
The economy has not improved in the two month dither:
“Today the OECD, an independent judge of Britain’s economic performance, predicts the second half of the year will see us in recession. So much for Labour’s supposed end to ‘Boom and Bust’. ”
2nd September 2008