Articles

Rising CO2 Emissions - An Inconvenient Truth

The ever-increasing release of CO2 into the atmosphere is very concerning and needs tackling urgently, because the best available science to us predicts very serious and irreversible consequences for our planet through climate change.

Helping Working People

One of the key differences between the Labour and Conservative parties is that Labour like to make people dependent on the state while the Conservatives like to free people from state dependency. The former is about control over people’s lives and the latter about liberation.

The Crawley Messenger

The Crawley Messenger promoting a positive Conservative agenda for Crawley and the Borough Council Elections on Thursday 2nd May.

The Brexit Impasse

The biggest issue by far at the moment that local people are raising with me is Brexit. This week on Friday 29th March was supposed to be the day we left the EU and entered the transition phase. The antics of Westminster MPs have delayed this until April or May, but there is a risk of a longer delay and with that comes even more uncertainty for our economy.

Supporting High Street Saturday

This coming Saturday will be High Street Saturday, which is a new campaign day that aims to celebrate our town centres and high streets. As part of the day, people are encouraged to pledge to shop locally, share photos and messages online using #HighStreetSaturday, and to encourage local councils like Crawley to make good use of the Future High Street Fund. This is a fund that is provided by the Government to help make high streets and town centres fit for the future.

Rents, Spin, Tax and Political Ambition

For many years, I’ve seen political ping-pong at both national and local level, but often the full facts are not being disclosed when politics is spun. For example, last week we had a press release issued by Crawley’s Labour council where the Cabinet Member for Housing was taking credit for a 1% annual rent reduction for our council tenants.

Leaving the Labour Party - Where to next?

Last week was potentially the start of a major realignment of our party politics. Time will tell, but we may be seeing a tectonic shift. A healthy democracy needs viable alternatives that can govern effectively and a politics where everyone in society feels there is a credible and respectable voice for them.

Action on Climate Change

Protests over Climate Change have been in the news recently. What gets less media coverage is the Conservative Government’s strong record in reducing the UK’s CO2 emissions and their very green environmental agenda.

Funding for Homelessness Support

The Government’s recent Rough Sleeping Strategy actively plans to halve the rates of rough sleeping by 2022 and to eliminate all rough sleeping completely by 2027. The implementation of the Strategy is to address the causes of rough sleeping in order to prevent it from happening in the first place, and to help get people who are sleeping rough into accommodation. Additional funding is being made to local Councils to intervene sooner in homelessness cases, such as Crawley Borough Council, who are the statutory authority in Crawley for homelessness.