Tim Farron MP is our new leader

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I am delighted to say that Tim Farron is our new leader!  This is a real new dawn for liberal Britain after, shall we say, a difficult time!  People are now starting to see what we did in government and give us credit for it, when before they just wanted to destroy and punish us.

With Tim, we will be therefighting for fairness for everyone, so….

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The Inner Chamber benefit

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Up until 8th May, there had been Lib Dems in national government for five years and a Lib Dem led administration in Brentwood.  Then, along came the general election, the politics of fear and we are almost wiped out in government (although we are busy rebuilding with 18,000 new members and, as of Thursday, a new leader – who I hope will be Tim Farron) and Brentwood goes blue.  Again.

But what that has left me with is, not just a sense of pride that we did good things in government and at Brentwood Council, but also a knowledge – from my year as part of a council administration – that things can be done differently.

This hit home to me this week as the Brentwood Tories gaily sold off The Old House, backtracking on the Accord’s rescue plan.  Our plan generated ongoing income to the council over the years after all, we will be bankrupt in about five years if we don’t start generating income.  This is what Cllr Louise McKinlay said, as quoted in the Brentwood Gazette as she talked of the Conservatives’ poor record over ten of the previous eleven years:

“Did we do anything around income generation. No.”

Conservative Leader of Brentwood Council, Cllr Louise McKinlay…whom is entrusted with your money…”

But of course, it doesn’t stop at this.

  • Ward budgets and community funding have been slashed

  • More good officers will be losing their jobs

  • The borough bulletin will be scrapped

  • There will be no robust programme for apprentices

  • Free food recycling bags will not be distributed

….and I don’t suspect this will be the end of it.

Which brings me on to Cllr McKinlay’s pal David Cameron and his pal George Osborne.  If you are poor or in need – or just a hard working single parent – then don’t expect to do well out of this.  I already know that one hardworking, single mum who is going to be a whopping £1,600 a year worse off thanks to Dave and George.  This would not have happened if the Lib Dems were still holding them back in government.

Sounds like THIS is coming true…..

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But again, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Fox hunting will make a return to our countryside soon…..there’s nothing more British than having hundreds of toffs on horseback with hounds chasing after a fox to rip limb from limb is there?  Appalling behaviour.
So, as I look back on my (almost) ten years in politics and all its ups and downs, I am comfortable with the fights I have fought.  One thing that always worried me was whether I/we would do anything different if we were in control and it certainly is of comfort to look back and conclude that yes, it can be done differently and for the benefit of the people you represent.
There’s more to come in the next few weeks, I have at least two more exposes to reveal but as my term of office comes to an end in ten months it is time for me to consider whether I have had enough of local politics of whether it is time to walk away.
I have considered both options very carefully and have come to a conclusion.  Is this fight worth it?  Keep this sort of fox-hunting, people-hurting, democracy destroying politics at bay?
Thursday 5th May 2016 – LET’S DO THIS!
Be part of my campaign – email me at brentwoodwest.libdems@gmail.com



Crescent Road planning plans

Residents have received a note from a developer regarding a potential development on the piece of land between Pennyfields and Crescent Road.  I don’t know any more than this at the moment, but I do intend to come along on Tuesday night to the developers’ Q&A session.

At this stage, best to go with an open mind and see exactly what’s planned – it could be an improvement – it could be awful,  So let’s go along and find out and take a decision from that.

What’s for sure, I will speak up for residents when it comes to planning permission.

Another body blow for democracy as Tories remove budget

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The Accord’s financial provision for promoting democracy has been wiped from the budget by the Tories because they see it as a “job for political parties”.

Well, they would they have millions to promote Conservatism – a point made by Professor Brian May on Question Time recently over the money that they have and how they won the election.

Where does that leave independent candidates and smaller parties if the only view voters get is the Tory one?

So, my vision is that the council promotes democracy, where to find information, how to vote, information on different levels of government etc etc etc…..

Let’s hope we can tweet over the noise!


Tory Cllr Hirst’s lack of understanding about disability rides again


On Wednesday, I had to call for Cllr Roger Hirst to apologise when he made disparaging remarks about Cllr Barry Aspinell’s visual impairment.

Once again, a total lack of understanding of those less fortunate than him and not enjoying good health.

The sad thing is, he had a serious accident recently when he fell of his horse and there but for the grace of a higher being…….

Unravelling good work, row by row


I will always be proud of being in The Accord Administration and making a massive contribution to Brentwood.  We had ideas for revenue generation and plans for the long term sustainability of Brentwood.  So, it was crushing the other night to watch the Tories unravel it, row by row.

Old House will now go back on the market, we won’t have the apprentices we planned to have to give young people opportunities, the community and ward budgets are slashed, the borough bulletin has been binned…..and that’s just what they have had to ‘fess up to.

Here’s me, speaking up for the things that I made happen last year, that are now being unpicked – CLICK HERE.

10,000 join the #LibDemFightback

11218519_937859276264489_2714490008105077630_nWell, after a depressing election night, I didn’t expect (less than a week later) to be celebrating the advent of 10,000 new members across the country and all the way down to Brentwood West!

But that is where we are – the Liberal Democrat fightback has begun!  Why? perhaps because a lot of people believe in this:

The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity. We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.

Why don’t you join?  Membership starts at £1 for students and the minimum regular membership is £12 – £1 a month – and you can pay by direct debit.

You’re not alone – 10,045 people have joined since 10pm last Thursday (up until time of posting) – roughly one new member every 40 seconds – and if you want a fairer society then please join us.  Membership in Brentwood has increased by 20% in the last five days and we look forward to meeting new members and making a difference here in Brentwood, where we are the second largest party on Brentwood Council.  Nationally, we have just past the 55,000 members mark!

Our revival is just beginning….roll on 2020!

Oh, and one final thing, if you join by 3rd June you’ll get a vote to help decide our new party leader!

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see how many people have joined now!