News from British and Canadian Conservatives

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Scotland Turns Blue!

Scottish Conservatives have taken control of South Ayrshire County Council, following the resignation of the Labour Leader of the council.

"Councillor Gibson MacDonald, Leader of the Conservative Group since 1996, was chosen as the Council Leader and Councillor Robin Reid was appointed to the role of Deputy Leader following a 15-14 vote."

South Ayrshire becomes the first Conservative controlled Scottish Council since the reorganisation into unitary authorities more than a decade ago in 1995.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Conservatives take poll lead

Various opinion polls have been published showing that the Conservatives are finally making headway against the outdated Labour government at Westminster. We have hit 40% for the first time since 1992, which will serve as a confidence boost to the new Tory team.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Budget Meeting

Tonight's Finance and General Purposes Committee budget meeting agreed a precept for 2005/2006 with an increase of just under 10% on this year's budget. The figure is one which I consider to be unacceptably high, but it is clear that the majority of members of the council strongly support the proposals. The budget will not be adopted formally until the January full council meeting, prior to which the Conservative group will have to decide whether to publish an alternative programme. Given that it seems unlikely that the majority will support a tax freeze (the Conservative's preferred option) it seems probable that any changes will be minor and will relate to the priorities for the year ahead rather than the total size of the budget.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Cameron elected new leader

David Cameron has been elected as the leader of the Conservative Party. I strongly welcome his election, having publicly supported the Cameron Campaign for some time, and particularly welcome the inclusion of strong figures within the party in the Shadow Cabinet. In particular, losing opponents David Davis and Liam Fox retain senior positions, alongside former leader William Hague who returns to the front bench.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Town Illuminated

Folkestone Town Centre was illuminated for Christmas today. The switch on was performed by Town Mayor Cllr George Bunting assisted by the Deputy Mayor of Boulogne and the cast of the Wizard of Oz, which is playing at the Leas Cliff Hall.

The lights stretch from Castle Hill Avenue to Tontine Street, taking in Sandgate Road, The Lanterns, Guildhall Street, The old High Street and the Harbour, bathing the town in wintery blue and white Christmas lights.