News from British and Canadian Conservatives

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Monday, December 18, 2006

Government rejects Stack Solution

The Government has once again blocked plans to alleviate local transport problems caused by Operation Stack. The £13 million plan fo a moveable barrier has been blocked by the Highways Agency, which wishes to continue talking to Kent County Council instead.

KCC Cabinet member for transport Cllr Keith Ferrin (Conservative) has written to the Transport Minister Dr Stephen Ladyman MP (Thanet South, Labour) urging that a solution to the continued debacle caused by the scheme should be a top priority.

Cllr Ferrin said: "In addition to the many lorries caught up in it, Operation Stack continues to cause immense suffering to Kent residents, business people and visitors alike. The Government must find an alternative now."

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Threat to Folkestone's health services

The Eask Kent Hospitals NHS Trust has revealed what many of us already feared - Folkestone's Royal Victoria Hospital could close. The move is designed to save £1.2 million a year, in a bid to reduce the massive local deficit in NHS budgets. Under the plans, the bulk of Folkestone's hospital would be sold off as offices.

Some of the buildings previously used by the trust have already been closed in preparation for their sale, and senior medical staff are struggling to find rooms to see patients. The closure of the Royal Victoria would be a serious blow to Folkestone. Recently, I was out in the Town Centre along with other Conservative councillors and campaigners including our Prospective Parliamentary Spokesman Damian Collins. We were collecting signatures against the appalling mismanagement and cuts to services in the NHS. You can sign the petition online by clicking here.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

We're Engaged!

Corissa and I are now engaged, and plan to marry in October of next year. I proposed to her at Canterbury Cathedral on 25th November. We are already making wedding plans, which are inevitably complicated by the fact that our families live on opposite sides of the Atlantic, Corissa being a Canadian from Calgary. I'm sure that we will work things out in the end, and we plan to hold celebrations in both countries so that we can include as many of our friends and relatives as possible.

PS Sorry for the recent lack of posts - the period coincides with the immediate flurry of activity after Corissa said yes!