How you can help looked after children

Before explaining my role as the Co-Chair of the Corporate Parenting Panel, I probably need to explain what a ‘Corporate Parent’ is. All Councillors and employees of Central Bedfordshire Council are a ‘Corporate Parent’. They share a collective responsibility for providing the best possible care and safeguarding for the children and young adults in the … Continue reading How you can help looked after children

Our looked after children and young people …

When one thinks about the Council’s responsibilities, you probably think about roads, leisure centres, rubbish collection, schools and housing. And of course, planning and development. These are the issues that affect us all. Increasingly, Adult Social Care – and in particular care for the elderly – is something that attracts headlines, and this is the … Continue reading Our looked after children and young people …

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

LOCAL candidates representing LOCAL residents on LOCAL issues

When you vote on 2nd May, ask yourself if you want someone who lives in Leighton Buzzard representing you on Central Bedfordshire Council? ... or someone who has been parachuted in from outside of South West Bedfordshire? ... or someone who has hidden their address from the electorate and you don't know where they are … Continue reading LOCAL candidates representing LOCAL residents on LOCAL issues

A candidate for Leighton Buzzard AND Dunstable? What’s going on?

Nominations for Central Bedfordshire Council and Parish Council elections were published last week. I strongly believe that candidates should be 100% committed to representing the people who elect them, and they should not put themselves in a position where they might face a conflict of priorities - for example, by being elected to both Leighton … Continue reading A candidate for Leighton Buzzard AND Dunstable? What’s going on?

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

Why I am standing as a Conservative candidate …

Right now, it is embarrassing to stand on the doorstep and introduce myself as a Conservative Candidate. Not because I am ashamed to be seen as having ‘conservative values’, but because I am totally and utterly ashamed to be in any way associated with the shambles in Westminster. I don’t think anyone of any political … Continue reading Why I am standing as a Conservative candidate …