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  • rt53
    Article: Jun 18, 2021

    It has been fashionable in recent years to talk of the "red wall" seats, Labour constituencies in the midlands and north of England that have traditionally voted Labour.

    These seats are in areas where economic growth has been less strong, where an older and. More socially conservative population voted in big numbers for Brexit and where at the last election having been taken for granted for years by Labour they did the unexpected and voted in Conservative MPs

    This has seen a pivot of government attention towards these new constituencies with their vague talk of levelling up ( still pretty policy free but a great ambition)

    What has been less commented upon is the internal tensions this causes inside the Conservative party and in particular in its traditional heartlands of southern England. Here there is a greater concentration of university educated, socially liberal people who voted remain.

    It is against this background that we should view last nights stunning victory for the Liberal Democrats in the Chesham and Amersham parliamentary By election

  • UK & EU flags
    Article: Jun 15, 2021

    The Conservative press has been full of stories during the G7 summit summit of French intransigence and lack of pragmatism over the UKs desire to change the Northern Ireland protocol. Despite all the bluster and attempts to divert attention and blame the bloody French we are left with the hard fact that the deal agreed by Mr Johnson was the one that Theresa May had said no British Prime Minister could ever sign when she ruled out a border in the Irish Sea.

  • Cllr. Bryn Hurren
    Article: Jun 14, 2021

    Bryn is back with his latest news from Box Vale. Amongst other things, he covers the ongoing saga of the Sandgate development, growth of affordable housing and who does what at Babergh Council. Oh and England at the Euros!

    You can read his full report here

  • key
    Article: Jun 12, 2021

    The government has announced plans to launch sweeping changes to the planning system that will remove the right of communities to object to inappropriate individual developments in their area.

    Last month's Queen's speech included plans to overhaul England's planning system with the idea to remove the need for detailed planning applications for buildings in designated growth zones. The government white paper proposed splitting land into three categories: for growth, renewal or protection. Growth areas would be "suitable for substantial development" and proposals would automatically be granted outline planning permission with details agreed by officials, cutting out public objections.

  • Article: Jun 10, 2021

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    On twitter our Prime Minister continues to entertain!

    Tweet

    Boris Johnson
    @BorisJohnson
    United Kingdom government official
    I've arrived in Cornwall for this year's @G7 where I'll be asking my fellow leaders to rise to the challenge of beating the pandemic and building back better, fairer and greener.
    It will be a busy and important Summit, and I can't wait to get started. #G7UK

    So tweeted our Prime Minister as he got off a private jet which had flown him to Cornwall from London

    When challenged by the media about why he hadn't taken a four hour train journey instead of a carbon heavy private flight to show his commitment to a sustainable, greener future our Prime Minister waffled something about Britain being a leader in developing carbon free jet fuel

    Next time my doctor complains about my weight I will use the same logic - I continue to eat fatty foods but I have purchased some lettuce seeds which I am planning to plant in the years ahead!!

    Are we the only ones who thinks our leader is a complete charlatan!