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Saturday 9 May 2015 – Post Election thoughts

Well it has been a long 6 weeks. So much so, that here on Saturday morning, I have this eerie feeling that I should be heading off somewhere to do some canvassing. The days are quite long on the campaign trail, I was rarely home before 8 pm and often much later. It’s quite physically [...]

Monday 4 May – Last exhausting week

If anyone thinks being a politician is in any way glamorous, they are welcome to join us here in Wansbeck. I and other members of Wansbeck Conservatives were out delivering from 10 am to 7 pm today, with only a brief lemonade and a packet of crisps for lunch. The weather was extra kind to [...]

Saturday 2 May – We Made A Noise For Bedlington!

What a day! I will never forget the inaugural Bedlington Day – Saturday 2 May 2015. Over a thousand people were there to make a noise for Bedlington and what a noise it was. The church bells were drowned out by the cacophony. Whistles, vuvuzelas, brass band, calypso band, car horns, sirens, and a few [...]

Wednesday 29 April – Two sides of the same coin

Yesterday I made another visit to Bedlington Market Place, and it has occurred to me that it may be worth trying to put into pictures the difficulties in the town centre, for the benefit of anyone who hasn’t made a recent visit.
So as is well known Tesco closed their prime centre of Front Street / [...]

Tuesday 28 April – Morpeth posters are up!

I helped to deliver our new Morpeth leaflet and poster today with Richard, and much to our delight, as we made a loop around the Low Stobhill estate, some posters were being displayed in resident’s windows before we had even finished work.
Earlier on I put out some leaflets in Stakeford. Now this may look a [...]

Monday 27 April – The Weather in Northumberland…..

So earlier today I was delivering leaflets off Church Lane in Bedlington (and other places) in a T shirt, windows down on the car. Then this evening we have had some of the heaviest snow of the year! It hasn’t come out in the photo but the clouds here were dark and angry.
I got some [...]

Sunday 26 April – Tories in Ashington

When I mentioned to some friends yesterday that I would be campaigning for the Tories in Ashington today, I got some ribald comments and unhelpful suggestions!
But actually all went very well, I even got a few thumbs ups. Ashington does have several thousand non Labour voters, and they are there for the intrepid candidate. I [...]

Wednesday 22 April – Our Manifesto for Bedlington

I have had another day pounding the streets of Bedlington,around the Station end mainly, and getting a good reception on the doorstep – the good weather is getting a lot of gardening done! Bedlington Station is actually in an even worse position than the town centre, which is no mean feat. There are some useful [...]

Tuesday 21 April – On board with Chris Galley poster!

The nautical (and indeed aviation) puns didn’t come from me. However if you want your very own Wansbeck Conservatives poster – and you have a lot of blue toner in your printer – here’s your gizzit! Click on the link below for our PDF poster.
On_board_with_Chris Galley

Monday 20 April – Make A Noise for Bedlington

Today I was out delivering my newsletter around Bedlington. You can download your own copy here (PDF format). The headline reads: “Bedlington: Time for a fair deal”. This relates to the truly shocking deterioration of the town centre. The shopping centre was once the pride of the town, but it has been going downhill very [...]

Thursday 16 April – Ashington Hustings

I had my first hustings of the campaign last night. It was organised by Ashington Churches Together, and there was quite a good turn out, 100 or 120 participants I would guess. It was chaired by Rev. Peter Sinclair of Newbiggin. In this photo, the candidates were from left to right: Ian Lavery (Labour), Melanie [...]

Monday 13 April – A hedge in Bedlington with a tall story

I’ve been campaigning on this issue, and highlighted it in leaflets being distributed around Bedlington, but I think it deserves a wider audience.
This building site is in Bedlington, by Gallagher Park. Persimmon is building 33 dwellings at the end of Slaley Court, off Hirst Head. There’s a bridlepath that runs from the back of the [...]

Wednesday 8 April – Small businesses and the Start Up Loan Scheme

Today I got a press release from the Federation of Small Businesses, ¬†which is a pressure group which campaigns for small businesses and the self employed. It’s a non partisan organisation which works with all the major parties. This is an important sector, employing 15 million people in 5 million companies. One of its campaigns, [...]

Wednesday 25 March: Northumberland Church of England Academy

This was a Red Letter Day for me, in some respect the first public event of my campaign in Ashington. I was very kindly invited by the Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington to speak to the Sixth Form. Ian Lavery MP had undertaken a similar activity a few days beforehand.

It went fairly well, [...]