Both by-elections in Ramshill and Newby, Scarborough are to be held this coming Thursday ,22nd of August and I’ve being doing my best going around ‘stirring up apathy’ in Ramshill. For most people that is the less posh part of South Cliff so in some areas you get a better class of poverty under the coalition government who are still performing miracles via Atos.
“Mr Lazarus you did not attend your interview therefore you are deemed fit to work.”
Ian Duncan Smith makes Jesus look like a shirker in his success rate at getting the lame to walk, the dead are raised to life etc. Full details: Matthew 11.5 or DWP press releases! Apologies to those people who do not like the message of the New Testament mixed up with moral codes. More …
Along with my newly elected fellow Labour County Councillors a strange affliction has infected us. The symptoms are easily spotted, walking along seemingly obsessed with looking down drains and gullies, an unhealthy preoccupation with potholes and a fascination with road markings.
Then a week or two later I’ll be doing it again but this time in the company of the local highways surveyor and I’m pleased to say that much of the work will be done. Some things take a little longer but I’m pleased I’ve obtained £30,000 for carriageway repairs in the next financial year for Fieldside in the Northstead area of Scarborough.
There is also the sheer difficulty in getting my head around nearly a £1 billion budget and the coalition government cuts. In my specialist policy area of health and social care it looks grim for many people receiving social services as they will be ineligible under even tougher eligibility criteria.
This is all against a background of the so-called welfare reforms including the bedroom tax and the enforced reclassification of people moving from health related benefits to job seekers allowance.
This afternoon (Thursday 10th July) I will be attending the first meeting of the County Council area committee which covers the Borough of Scarborough. It will be interesting to see how the sole surviving Independent member and the UKIP member cast their votes.
On the Borough Council there are two by-elections to be fought after Tory councillors resigned in Newby and Ramshill. Both are winnable by Labour, particularly Ramshill, where we once held one of the two seats and which has a volatile political history. We’re eager for both elections to be fought as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact me either by telephone 01723 361415 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com .
Life suddenly feels empty.For the past few weeks every day has been occupied for at least some of the time by leafletting or knocking on doors.This will I know be only a temporary feeling of having all the time in the world because I have already had to give apologies for a meeting because I can’t be in Northallerton and Scarborough at the same time.
But getting my priorities in order I give heartfelt thanks to all the people who helped me during the campaign.And before I get too egotistical about the victory I was elected by the wonderful support of 7.3% of the Woodlands electorate!
By the way I do wonder if there will be any demand on eBay for a used North Yorkshire County Council alderman’s badge because I have one going spare.
I hope having got today’s bank holiday out of the way life will assume some reality though being involved in local government I have my doubts.
Meanwhile, though I do not know what committees I will be on, any constituent with any queries please contact me.
The Labour Group will be led by Eric Broadbent and its secretary will be John Ritchie.
The day before the election and the troops came out in force in the Barrowcliff area of the Woodlands division to support my campaign.
Linda McAvan MEP, Cllr Tracy Simpson-Laing, executive member on York City Council, Borough councillor Steve Bairstow who represents Woodlands, Holly a member of Linda’s staff, Sam Prest who is standing for Hovingham and Sheriff Hutton and a noble sacrifice from Cllr John Ritchie taking time off from fighting to gain Falsgrave and Stepney. My grateful thanks to them all.
After a tour round a wonderful Labour child care initiative, the Surestart centre on Briercliffe which I believe I helped to bring to this area of Barrowcliff (one of 10% most deprived areas of the country), an excellent fish and chip lunch at Alleyways in Falsgrave then to work.
We visited Labour promises in the streets around Barrowcliff School, a polling station, and the results were encouraging with our support holding up. Let us hope they turn out but the positive feeling seems to be across the division and it stretches from Burniston Road to the top of Stepney Road.
But our success depends on you turning out
to put a dent in the Tory hegemony of North Yorkshire, in Yorkshire language ‘stuff ’em!‘
Local councillors are often asked to perform many tasks but on my way back home today I was asked if I knew to whom the rabbit in the middle of the road belonged.
I did not but my sister, a retired school mistress, ( sic) did of course and of course also knew who had asked me and to whom the rabbit belonged. She is my elder sister and of course a school teacher.
The lop-eared rabbit disappeared under a wagon but when it emerged nuzzling a little rubber ball along, I was able to scoop Eddy the buck up and present it back to its owner whom my sister had alerted.
Sadly, they live in the wrong electoral division, well that’s life.
Back to reality, wasted time canvassing this morning. The only family I made contact with can’t really be bothered.
Well at least all the exercise I’ve expended leafletting appeared to have produced a blood pressure level my general practitioner is happy with.
Please do not waste your right to vote. Remember those who fought to obtain it for you and that those who opposed it, particularly for women, are the very ones now intent on slashing child care and maternity benefits.
Only a few more leaflets to deliver before I start the targetting and the quest for 500 Labour promises.
I just hope that I have not put the leaflets out too early but postal votes are issued from Monday and I know I missed out in the last County elections by not getting to the postal voters in time.
Leafletting is an excellent way to get to know an area and since the Woodlands division stretches upwards from Burniston Road to the transmitter on Row Brow there are some excellent views to be obtained but some are not easily appreciated when you’ve climbed a hill and walked up forty steep steps and know several similar ascents await you. More …