Monthly Archives: December 2010

Sara Weller asked to investigate ‘schoolboy howlers’ at DCLG

I spent 3 days of Christmas in bed feeling sorry for myself with a tummy bug. As I wandered in and out of sleep I was determined not to stop the 24/7/365 service that councils expect from us so I … Continue reading

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A Politician’s Thoughts on Christmas

A few days ago one of my constituents, Yvonne, e-mailed me about the Christmas card we sent out and how we relate a Christmas festival to a wider message in a multi cultural society. That made me think a bit … Continue reading

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Laurel, Hardy and their new chum Grumpy

I’ve been watching “A Christmas Carol” a lot this year – I have 8 different versions on DVD! I always like the bit where Mrs Cratchit reluctantly drinks a toast to Mr Scrooge, the founder of the feast. “It would … Continue reading

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Why Vince is right and I support him

I was over in the House of Commons yesterday and bumped into three Labour MPs I have known for many years. Two of them were former Ministers –although not in the Cabinet – and all 3 have been around a … Continue reading

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Meeting with Rt. Hon Nick Clegg – Deputy Prime Minister

 I have held a meeting this afternoon (20th December) with the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Rt Hon Nick Clegg, on behalf of all Liberal Democrat Councillors. There was a significant agreement between us on: The short term problems being … Continue reading

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Educating Shapps (part 1 – of many!)

I though local government type people might be interested in my latest letter to Grant Shapps. From the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Local Government     Grant Shapps, Minister, DCLG, Eland House, Blessenden Place, London SW1 19th December … Continue reading

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Pickles and Shapps – The Laurel and Hardy of DCLG?

If you listened to PMQs yesterday you will have heard repeated references to pantomimes. My thoughts have been in a similar direction regarding Messrs Pickles and Shapps. I tried to thank of a way of encapsulating my thoughts for them … Continue reading

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