Online abuse and Cyberbullying

Over the past week or so I have been accused of being the “local Freemasons’ dogs-body” and “subservient to other councillors” and it has been suggested I should stop posting on social media. More generally, local councillors have been referred to as “rogue individuals”, “like a cancer”, “corrupt crooks who are abusing the public”, and … Continue reading Online abuse and Cyberbullying

What can I really say about the current state of national politics?

My husband has stopped watching Question Time as he claims it is not doing his blood pressure any good - I think he has a point. I don't think it matters what side of the Brexit argument you might be on, the current political crisis goes way beyond how anyone voted in 2016, and I … Continue reading What can I really say about the current state of national politics?

EU Elections and the race for the Tory leadership

We didn't really need to wait for the results of the EU elections to know that the Conservatives were going to get demolished. As results started to come in last night, it was very apparent that support for the two main parties had evaporated, and voters had backed parties with a very clear position on … Continue reading EU Elections and the race for the Tory leadership

European Elections – why I have not been campaigning

For the first time in over 30 years - during which time I have taken part in every local, national and European election - I am sitting out the campaign for this week's European Elections. It is not that I am worried about the inevitable hostile reception I would find on the doorstep - having … Continue reading European Elections – why I have not been campaigning

My week – week ending 13 April

On Monday I co-chaired the CBC Corporate Parenting Panel, assisted by one of the young people in local authority care. We looked at a report from the Children in Care Council (consisting of children and young people in care) on activities they had been involved in, including the training of social workers. On Wednesday morning … Continue reading My week – week ending 13 April

My week – week ending 6 April

On Monday 1st April I attended the LLTC Community Safety Committee. The meeting was attended by Sgt Liam Mitchell of Beds Police to discuss a number of local issues. On Tuesday 2nd I attended CBC Executive at Chicksands. We looked at the Central Bedfordshire Community safety plan for the next 12 months - priorities are … Continue reading My week – week ending 6 April