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Latest News

  • Article: Jun 29, 2015

    Local authorities such as Lancashire County Council can only refuse planning applications on grounds that fall within the specific planning issues and guidelines. In the context of 'fracking' the Lancashire County Council website lists those issues which the Council will consider [planning issues] and issues that it will not consider. After an extensive period of intensive consultation and briefing by a large number of bodies and individuals, both for and against the proposals to frack at Roseacre Wood and Little Plumpton in the Fylde, the Council has decided to reject the application for both sites [Roseacre on 25th June & Little Plumpton on 29th June.]

  • Article: Jun 24, 2015

    Only twisted Tory ideology sees selling social housing at a thumping discount as a route to solving the housing crisis The policy of obliging Housing Associations to sell off properties at a discount to the market has been condemned as stupid by a host of eminent commentators - including some important Tories.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2015

    In a lengthy 'Lunch with FT' interview, Richard Desmond, owner of Express Group papers, OK magazine and adult TV channels, who gave £1.3m to UKIP said: " The question is how much support I give them from now on" [FT13th June]. He might like top reflect on the following story.

    Of the nine UKIP councillors on Tendring Council, who were elected in May, five were suspended by the anti-EU party two weeks ago, after they formed a breakaway group initially within UKIP. Until the split UKIP were the second largest party on the Council. The group's leader Mick Skeels [who left the Conservatives for UKIP last September] said: "We were suspended from the party after forming our own group, but the five of us have now officially resigned from UKIP. The main reason we left is down to the squabbling and infighting. Nobody would even listen to what we wanted to do - it was unbelievable." "We tried to work together, but there seems to be people from all political persuasions in UKIP who are belligerent and won't listen to anybody." Now why does that come as no surprise?

  • Article: Jun 19, 2015

    The sad death of Liberal Democrat Councillor Mick Longhurst on 2nd May led to the postponement of the Mole Valley Council election that had been scheduled to take place on 7th May. This election took place on Thursday 18th June.

    The election to replace the UKIP Councillor who resigned a couple of months ago would also have been held on the 7th May but this was also postponed; so the election on 18th June was for two Councillors for The Holmwoods ward.

    The same candidates who had applied for the election in May stood and the Liberal Democrats candidates were Clayton Wellman to stand in Mick's place alongside Claire Malcomson. At the General Election, in Mole Valley, the Liberal Democrat vote fell by 14% while the Conservatives and UKIP shares increased, so the result is particularly pleasing.

    The two new Lib Dem Councillors will join Liberal Democrat Wayne Monkman to represent the Holmwoods on Mole Valley Council in Surrey.

    The Result

    Claire Malcomson Lib Dem 804
    Clayton Wellman Lib Dem 768
    Conservative 492, 458
    UKIP 201, 180
    Green 105, 78

    Turnout 32.3%

  • Article: Jun 17, 2015

    On May7th and subsequently there have been some 70 major council by-elections. Mostly the seat has been won by the party that previously held it. Congratulations to Liberal Democrat Steve Cook who retained Wallington South Ward on Sutton London Borough Council 0n 11th June. His vote was up by 7%. The other bit of good news in that election was that UKIP were down by 10.5% and came fifth. Steve joins LibDems Rebekah Moll and Tom Davies who retained the seats on Grove and Tolworth & Hook Rise Wards of Kingston upon Thames LB respectively. Well done. The LibDems are far from finished. The other bit of good news, in amongst all these results, is that UKIP lost their seat on Wisbech South Ward of Cambridgeshire CC their vote falling by 19.6%. East Anglia was a bit of a UKIP stronghold. Hopefully the voters are waking up.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2015

    It's all kicking off on the Fracking Front. Lancashire County Council planners have recommended that the Council agrees to Preston New Road but rejects Roseacre. Planning Applicant, Cuadrilla Resources, posted out a four page glossy to, it seems the population of Fylde (and maybe other places in Lancashire] inviting the public to register to participate in a 'phone in on 10th June. A number of people received these after 10th June which does not inspire confidence.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2015

    UK chancellor George Osborne has confirmed that devolution of powers to England's cities, including increased control over planning and housing, will be dependent on their choosing to have a directly-elected mayor.

    Liberal Democrat MP for Southport, John Pugh, has quite rightly been questioning in Parliament why such an imposition, with no consultation over the form of governance people actually want, should be accepted and not opposed and modified. John is not alone. Philip Davies, Tory MP for Shipley is 'firmly opposed'. Those who support dictator George claim that the 11 authorities in the Greater Manchester deal are happy with the arrangement. Happy is not perhaps the right word. There is a huge amount of investment promised by George if people do as they are told and pose for a group photograph smiling through clenched teeth.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2015

    Now that the Tories are free to do whatever suits the best interests of the Tory Party and to hell with the Country, ( at least they are consistent. In this writers long political lfe the Tories have always had the conviction that what is good for the Tories is the same as what is good for the Country), we can see three long term issues coming to the fore.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2015

    Following on from our earlier story, the Financial Times [6th June 2015] ran almost a full page story on the extent to which Banks are stepping up pressure on the Government to water down various structural reform measures introduced by the Coalition, and the Bank levy. The MailOnline in Feb published the following:

  • Article: Jun 11, 2015

    "It is simply untenable now to argue that the problem [with banks] is one of a few bad apples. The issue is with the barrels in which they are stored".Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor, Nov 2014.

    Fast forward seven months to George Osborne's Mansion House Speech [10th June] which was full of fine words & good intentions but little substance. For example: "It [the recent spate of fines on banks for misconduct ] also leaves those guilty of misconduct untouched. The public rightly asks why it is that after so many scandals, and such cost to the country, so few individuals have faced punishment in the courts. In any other walk of life those who committed these offences would be in prison. The Governor and I agree: individuals who fraudulently manipulate markets and commit financial crime should be treated like the criminals they are - and they will be. Oh Wow ! !

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