Essex Politics , 1951

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 admin 0

Mark Pack writes here about an imaginative  Labour election leaflet from Colchester in 1951 . Should we try something like that in Rayleigh next year?

“No Thank You”, Say Labour

Monday, December 14, 2015 admin 2

Last week we wrote about the expected reshuffle of committee places owing to Labour winning a second seat and Jamie Burton leaving UKIP. However this is turning into a bit of an anti-climax, as Labour have declined to take any of the four places they are entitled to. So Chris […]

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 […]

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Red and Green – Clashing Colours

Sunday, January 11, 2015 admin 3

Over the border in Southend West, things seem to be turning unfriendly between Labour and the Green Party. To find out more, read the latest from Labour parliamentary candidate Julian Ware-Lane here.

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Whipping Themselves Into Errors

Sunday, April 6, 2014 admin 8

  There’s a slightly peculiar article in the latest Rayleigh Times this week,? from the UKIP candidate John Hayter. It’s called “THE SCOURGE OF THE PARTY WHIP? – ITS IN THE PARTY’S INTEREST NOT THE ELECTORATE”. As you can guess, he’s not keen on the party whip system. The article […]

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Congratulations To Myra Weir BEM

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 admin 3

  Congratulations to former Labour councillor Myra Weir for being awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List. Myra is one of those people whose devotion to her community didn’t end after she stopped being? a district councillor.   As the Daily Telegraph reports: Mrs Myra Anne […]

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Looking To The Left

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 admin 9

Looking at the Labour blogs that we link to in our right sidebar: At Julian’s Musings, Julian Ware-lane reflects on the long meetings and mounds of paperwork as a new councillor: I want to be a different type of councillor. There are fifty-one of us in Southend-on-Sea, and fifty falling […]

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Could You Feed Yourself On ?1 A Day For Five Days?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 admin 1

We’ve recently added links to three Southend blogs in our right sidebar. Rather neatly , there’s one Lib Dem, one Conservative and one Labour. Though we haven’t done this out of any deliberate political balance – they are all worth a look in their own right. Neil Monnery is a […]

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In Memory of Maureen

Thursday, March 18, 2010 admin 2

We are greatly saddened to hear of the untimely death this morning of former district councillor Maureen Vince, following a massive stroke. Maureen was an enormously respected and well-liked figure in Rochford. Amongst other activities she served with distinction on the District Council, representing the town of Rochford itself, and […]

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Blue Council, Red Policy

Thursday, May 15, 2008 admin 5

The Echo’s urbane political journalist, Geoff Percival, sums up Tuesday night’s council meeting pretty well: We back Labour policy, say Tories TORY Rochford district councillors found themselves in the unusual position of defending Labour party policy at the annual meeting of the council. The Conservatives had come under attack from […]

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Flyover Fiasco

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 admin 1

Full marks to Labour County Councillor Keith Bobbin for uncovering a huge cock-up that caused big delays for people using the Pitsea flyover. HIGHWAY bosses have been forced to admit repairs to stop Pitsea flyover leaking failed because they were following the wrong plans. Essex County Council has been accused […]