Lesley Butcher Is New Council Chairman

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 admin 4

Congratulations to Lesley Butcher on being elected Chair of the District Council for the next 12 months. She was sworn in tonight, sporting a rather fetching flower of blue ribbon in her hair. There’s an interview with her on Rochford Life here.

Did Your MP Vote For Houses That Are Fit For Human Habitation?

Thursday, January 14, 2016 admin 1

The Independent has the following report: On Tuesday MPs voted down an amendment which would have seen landlords forced to ensure their properties were fit for humans to live in. The amendment was defeated by 219 votes to 312 – a majority of 93. … shadow housing minister Teresa Pearce […]

A Political Ghost Story …

Friday, December 18, 2015 admin 2

Some people like ghost stories at Christmas …this is a true story about a former MP for our area – Major Sir Frederick Carne Rasch. Rasch seemed to have had a pretty good life. He went to Eton and then Trinity College Cambridge, and did a lot of rowing there […]

A Couple Of Surprises

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 admin 4

  There were a couple of surprises tonight at Annual District Council. First of all the Conservatives nominated Jack Lawmon as vice-chairman of the council, even though he’s only been on the council for 1 year. Secondly they went out of their way to place Labour Councillor Jerry Gibson as […]

Something Curious In The Agenda

Friday, May 15, 2015 admin 0

  The District Council has its first Full Council Meeting of the civic year next Tuesday at 7:30. You can find the agenda here. This is where the new chair of the council , chairs of committees, and cabinet members are appointed. Also each May each councillor has to sign […]

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This Has Got To Be Good…

Monday, May 11, 2015 admin 15

  Cross-party congratulations to Mark Francois on becoming a Minister Of State in the Department of Communities and Local Government.  This can’t do our district any harm, and he certainly knows a lot about the subject!

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Riding Roughshod Over Some Else’s Property….

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 admin 8

The Conservative Party’s proposal to allow the sell-off of housing association homes has been criticised from the left – and from the right. Lib Dem Nick Barlow writes on his blog: Back in 2010, the Tories made a big play of how they would transform the country through localism and […]

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Good Week, Bad Week….

Saturday, February 14, 2015 admin 6

So…. It’s been a good week for the Conservatives in Rochford gaining an extra councillor, and the national Tory website Conservativehome reports on it here. There’s a mixed response in the comments. It’s been a bad week for UKIP in Essex , on the same day that Nigel Farage visited […]

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Goodbye June

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 admin 28

We heard from our Lib Dem colleague June Lumley today that she is going to seek re-election to the District Council this year – but this time as a Conservative. June has been both a District and Town councillor in Grange Ward for a long time, with a good reputation […]

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The Capons’ Greatest Moments

Monday, September 29, 2014 admin 23

  Phil and Tracy Capon are husband and wife, and both are currently  Conservative Councillors on Rochford District Council. In fact Phil is the Chair of the Development Committee. Word reached us at the weekend that they had both been deselected by the Conservative Association – so they cannot stand […]

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An Admirable Attitude

Friday, September 12, 2014 admin 0

Rochford Life has a short interview with Hawkwell Tory District Councillor Phil Capon. Phil is Chair of the Development Committee – the one that deals with planning applications. He makes some good points, for example: I’ve always believed that if you are going to be on the Council you should […]

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Yes, Minister….

Monday, August 11, 2014 admin 3

Congratulations to Rochford and Southend East MP James Duddridge on becoming a minister in the Foreign Office, with responsibility for Africa. He replaces James Simmonds, who has resigned, telling the Telegraph : …. he was quitting as a Foreign Office minister and was standing down as an MP because he […]