Happy New Year! I hope you had a good Christmas break. I know you have been aching to get to 2018 so you can vote in the local elections in May, so I’ll get straight down to business 🙂
Today I did a walkabout through Church Hill to talk to residents, look for problems and generally see what is happening around the local area. I was joined by Juliet Brunner who is a councillor on Redditch Borough Council (she leads the group there too), but also a County Councillor on Worcestershire County Council. A very busy woman! I took the opportunity to ask Juliet about the street lights in the ward that people have been talking to me about.
We also took a look at the tree works going on at the bottom of Donnington Close. I haven’t received any complaints about these works, but if there are any problems residents can contact me via [email protected] and I will look into them.
Finally, we walked through the centre and out up to Jersey Close where residents are concerned about ‘rat running’ through the area.
As a mark of respect we in the Conservative Party do not campaign on Armistice Day or Remembrance Sunday. Instead we turn up to the services and pay our respects to all those who have served our country. This year both days fell one after the other and so we had a Remembrance Weekend. Next year – for the 100th anniversary – both events fall on the same day. Continue reading Remembrance Weekend
Today started with some campaigning in the southern parts of Church Hill, around Seven Acres Lane. Once we got to 11am it was time to go to St. Andrew’s Methodist Church to the ‘Meet the Green Spaces Team’ event organised by Church Hill Big Local Partnership.
Disclaimer: The Church Hill Big Local Partnership is a non-partisan organisation and they have not endorsed my campaign in any way.
They recently hosted a film session for the local kids during half term – a showing of Disney’s Moana. My daughter loved it, especially the popcorn, so I was super-excited to see they’ve only gone and got a POPCORN MACHINE for the next film session! I don’t know who is more excited to be honest, but we’ll be there!
Before long it was time to rejoin the team for more door knocking.
We covered a large area around Church Hill Centre and produced this very short video update once we had finished.
People were rightly concerned about all the things they’ve seen on TV and read in the papers, but I am always pleasantly surprised at just how perceptive the British public are when it comes to these things. They know that these issues are more complex than the media makes out, and they can see through all the political manoeuvres.
As a Brexiteer, it was heartening to hear people keen to get on with the process, and especially refreshing to hear them have full confidence in our Prime Minister, Theresa May.
They rightly felt that Theresa May has had a tough time lately – what with that speech, and the various goings on in Westminster. But the people I spoke to were right behind her.
But it wasn’t all plain sailing on the doorsteps. We had one person grumble ‘no chance!’ before shutting their door and locking it and not even letting us make a single argument to persuade them. We also encountered some dedicated Labour voters – and I have to say they were all very polite, but steadfast in their commitment and not open to persuasion. I admire that about people when they’ve clearly given it thought and reached their conclusion as these residents had. I did ask one chap whether he thought the Labour Party was ‘his’ party from years ago as we were chatting about the politics of the 1990s – he was a big John Smith fan. He said he wasn’t a fan of Corbyn, but just couldn’t bring himself to break a habit of a lifetime.
As you’ll read in my ‘about’ page on this blog, I was brought up as Labour and had to break the habit of not only my relatively short lifetime, but also that of my staunchly Labour-supporting mother who was a cleaner amongst many other jobs and my father who drove HGVs for a living. It can be done.
“Our past may shape us, but it doesn’t define who we become.”
— Ellen Hopkins
And so after all that campaigning it was back into Redditch town centre to pick up the girls from their shopping day and bring them home. As we settled into the evening I asked my eldest what she wanted to watch.
“Moana!” she shouted as she jumped around the living room.
“OK. You get started,” I said, “I’ve got a blog post to write, but call me in when Tamatoa comes on.”