Monday, 19 April 2010

Nominations Close

Nominations have now closed for the local elections. I have been formally nominated to stand in Bow East, where I live, to stand to represent Bow East residents on the Council.

I am standing with my co-candidates, Mark Walters and Phil Groves.

There are 19 candidates standing in Bow East this time: 3 candidates from Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems, Green, Respect, as well as 3 independent candidates. Sadly there is also a BNP candidate standing.

Don't forget that you have 3 votes for Council.

We have had a fantastic response on the doorstep from people who are fed up with this Labour Council, and also the Labour Government. They are seeing that the real alternative particularly in Bow is the Conservatives.

Roll on 6th May.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

New East London Website

I have just been sent details of a great website with heritage spots and interesting things to see in East London.

Have a look at www.exploringeastlondon.co.uk

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Congratulations Zakir

Congratulations to Zakir Khan who won on the first ballot, to become the candidate in Bethnal Green and Bow. I am obviously disappointed, but gave it my best shot. From what I've been told I gave a great speech, and a good solid performance. I want to thank Rob Hayward for the very professional way in which he chaired the event, and to the public for coming along to vote.

Zakir is going all out to win the seat, and if he works hard he has every chance. With 250 people there on the day, hopefully that is a good start for the population, and a good group behind him.

If you want to get involved in the campaign, drop us an e-mail, and come and help turn Bethnal Green and Bow blue.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Open Primary ...

... Registrations have now closed.

If you have already registered then you should be getting your letter through the post. If you don't have it by Saturday's post, then do feel free to give the hotline a call on 07842 552526.

See you on Sunday. Of course, I'd be delighted if you'd support me, but come along with an open mind and vote for the best candidate of the afternoon.

If you haven't got around to registering, then you won't be able to come along on Sunday to vote. However, you can of course get involved in the campaign. Join us for campaigning in Bow on Saturday, or drop me an e-mail and we can make sure you can get invovled in the campaign to turn BGB blue!

Decision Delayed on Controversial Gates

Thursday was due to be the hearing of the development and planning application in relation to what have been described as the 'hijab gates' at the bottom of Brick Lane. Despite the agenda showing online at lunchtime on Thursday that it was still going ahead, the contraversial application was pulled at the last moment and put back to an undetermined date.

The arches have been dogged by contraversy - since residents found out about them. Like much of Tower Hamlets planning documents, they were hidden away on the website and it was difficult to respond to the consultation.

Whatever you think of the actual gates, and their design, it is madness to spend £1.6m in a Borough with one of the most deprived communities, with many other things that the money culd be spent on.

Once again though there was a lack of consultation. Tower Hamlets Labour council tells us that there has already been extensive community engagement and consultation. However, it took the Guardian publicising the plans for most of the residents in the Borough to hear about it, and many others had not realised they had a chance to comment. Despite extending the consultation to 22nd February, the Council must now have realised that the consultation was inadequate. Or the developers were scared it wouldn't get through with its current plans, and the lack of public buy-in.

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Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Congratulations Mile End East Conservatives


Last night I attended the Mile End East fundraiser, which had a great attendance from across Tower Hamlets conservatives and local residents.

Ahmed, Jewel and Caroline are working hard to spread the message that it is Conservative councillors who work hard, who challenge the Council and hold this Labour administration to account. Meanwhile Labour councillors are merrily spending our money on consultants, bureaucracy and the communications they love so much.

This follows their highly successful public meeting last month where they met with local residents and gave residents a chance to quiz them on their policies and their priorities.

We were also joined by Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, and GLA member, Andrew Boff.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Doctor chosen as face of the NHS defects to Tories | News

Doctor chosen as face of the NHS defects to Tories | News

This is absolutely fantastic news for Tower Hamlets conservatives - and shows just how Labour's policies have failed. Under David Cameron doctors and nurses will have less red tape and will be allowed to get on doing their jobs. I know many health professionals who will be delighted when the endless initiatives finally stop!

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Conservative Protection for Children

I was particularly pleased to see David Cameron's announcement today on Conservative plans to help families protect children from premature sexualisation and excessive commercialisation.

The measures are designed to crack down on irresponsible marketing practices and products targeted at children.

"I want to make Britain the most family-friendly country in the world", Cameron said. "A key part of helping families and mending our broken society is making sure that business is responsible in how it markets and advertises products to children".

The proposals launched today include:

* Banning the most manipulative marketing techniques aimed at young people
* Strengthening the regulatory framework
* Giving people the power to make complaints
* Banning irresponsible companies from winning future government contracts.

Cameron emphasised that "social pressure" is the best way to combat irresponsible behaviour and encourage responsibility, saying that the Conservatives would "make it easier for parents to mobilise against campaigns and products that they think are inappropriate".

But, he added, the Government still has an important role too. "A Conservative Government would take the tough action needed to help families and build a society in which we stop treating children as adults", he said.

This is an issue that I have been concerned with for some time, particularly when you see kids in inappropriate t-shirts that they either do not or should not understand the meaning of, and the media. In a discussion about this issue with David Cameron last year, I raised the importance of responsibility of the press. It is aboslutely vital that the responsibility agenda (which I fully support) embraces all areas, and particularly the press.

It would be ideal for this to happen voluntarily through people and parent power, and through the offering of carrots but it is important that there are potential sanctions or sticks there for companies that choose not to behave responsibly.

Greg Clark MP at the Brady Centre

Last night I attended the Christian Aid and Islamic Relief event at the Brady Centre, in Whitechapel.

Greg gave a great speech about his recent trip to Bangladesh, and showed us a video of some of his findings whilst visiting the country. I was impressed to hear about the positives that he had found in Bangladesh, and in particular the impressive network of cyclone centres across the country. I have always been struck by how resourceful and resilent the people of Bangladesh are. Many other countries with similar climate problems have much to learn from them.

However, there is still much to do. Greg reaffirmed the commitment of the Conservatives to ensuring that there is aid and development in countries such as Bangladesh.

I took the opportunity to raise the issue of the Tipaimukh dam with Greg, and to highlight the importance of the issue to the people of Bangladesh. Whilst water causes a number of problems in Bangladesh, it is also a great resource. It is vital to ensure that the dam does not have any adverse knock on effects. The real worry is that the consequence is the drying up of rivers, and the knock on effect that greater scarcity of water will have. This will affect not only the local economies but also whether people can survive in those areas. It is a subject that has been raised regularly with me when I have met with British Bangladeshis, and also with the High Commissioner.

Pictures to follow.

Monday, 15 February 2010

You Decide Events

Well the second round of You Decide events are ongoing in Tower Hamlets. As with any of these things, you have to attend to have your say, and to make sure money is sensibly spent.

To register go to www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/youdecide. I'll be at the Bow (LAP5) meeting on Tuesday 2nd March, which is where I live.

Hopefully the Town Hall have learnt from the mistakes of last time that saw young people having an overwhelming say in the meeting; and also have a better system to ensure that the area eg crime / children services is selected first, and then all residents have a say as to what measure in that area the money should go to.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Register for the Open Primary - 7th March 2010

BG&B Open Primary Sunday March 7th 2010.

The meeting will take place at St Hilda’s Community Centre, Club Row, E2. and will commence at 2.30pm.

It will be open to registered voters within the constituency who are entitled to attend and vote for their choice of candidate. To do this anyone attending will have to stay for the entire meeting, which is expected to last at least 2 hours.


Telephone a special dedicated line: 07842 552 526
Or email: BGBcandidate@googlemail.com with your full name and address.

Everyone registering to attend the meeting, who is confirmed as a local voter will receive an admission letter which they should bring along to the meeting.

Registration closes at 10am on Friday 5th March.

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Friday, 12 February 2010

Greg Clark MP at the Brady Centre

Dr Greg Clark MP is coming to Tower Hamlets to discuss his recent trip to Bangladesh. The event is being put on by Christian Aid and Islamic Relief and will take place at the Brady Centre, Hanbury Street on Wednesday 17th February 2010 at 6.30pm.

Greg is the Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Shortlisted

I have just heard this morning that I have been shortlisted for Bethnal Green and Bow selection for the Parliamentary seat. I understand that there will be six people in total on the shortlist.

I am obviously delighted. In the meantime we will be carrying on with our work across the consituency. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any issues that you would like to raise.

Further details of the selection meeting to follow.

Council Questions

At the Council meeting before Christmas, I challenged the inconsistent behaviour by Tower Hamlets Council on gated developments, particularly since the council lost valuable tax payers’ money in a recent judicial review over their discriminatory policy.

It seems that the Council will let there be gates for association housing, but not for a private development. The Judicial Review overturned their initial failure to allow gates in a private development.

Contact me at claire@bethnalgreenandbowconservatives.com if you have had any problems with planning policies in relation to gated devlopments and inconsistent policies.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Police Meeting Response

I attended both Bow East and Bow West police public meetings last week. They were a great way to enable residents to find out more about the Ward Panels and also to meet their SNT team. The evenings were broken up into sections with a presentation from the Police, sessions to allow groups to informally raise issues, and then a Question and Answer session.

Residents in Bow east were understandably concerned about the recent murder in Parnell Road, and the police gave those attending reassurance that the matter was being investigated. However they were therefore unable to go into too much detail so as not to prejudice the ongoing investigation.

A lot of resident's concerns were much wider than what the Police could do. In particular, there were concerns over cleanliness of streets (dog fouling etc), facilities for young peoples, and general lack of society.

I chaired the meeting as the Bow East Ward Panel chair, and was pleased with how it went. The police seemed to feel that the meeting was worthwhile and that it was a good opportunity to help allay residents concerns and gather information.

If you have an issue to report, don't forget you can go directly to the SNT, or call Crimestoppers. Equally if it is Bow east issue, please feel free to e-mail me on claire@bethnalgreenandbowconservatives.com, and I will raise it at the next ward panel meeting.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Council £8m Overspend

Many residents are rightly worried about the eyewatering £175 billion budget deficit for 2009 created by the Labour Government, saddling the UK with huge debts for years to come. Worryingly for Bow Residents, this financial mismanagement is mirrored by the Labour run Tower Hamlets Council with a needless overspend.

Tower Hamlets Conservatives have regularly exposed Council waste, while this Labour Council is busy spending taxpayers’ money on even more advertising campaigns. Council officers have now told the Labour Party that the Borough is in a serious financial position and presented an urgent report showing that the Council is forecast for an £8m overspend.
* Council propaganda rag: Eastend Life's shortfall in advertising revenue accounts for £280,000.
* The rent on the council offices in Mulberry Place is an £800,000 overspend.

This is equivalent to a 12% increase in Council Tax, unlike the Conservative budget presented by Cllr Tim Archer last year, which was fully costed and would have seen more police on the streets with a freeze in council tax.

With a Council that wants to be involved in everything, it’s no wonder.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Police public meetings

Come along and have your say on policing locally. Public meetings are being held across Tower Hamlets to let residents raise any issues with the Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Bow East's meeting is at 6pm at St Pauls Church, St Stephens Road on Tuesday 26th January.
Bow West is the following day (27th January) at 7pm at St Margarets House.

Please do contact me if you can't find details in relation to any other ward.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Backing Bow Police

Labour’s Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, started the year attacking our police
officers and claiming that the Police are moaning when they complain of too
much paperwork! That is not what residents tell me – they want to see police
patrolling the streets and not stuck in an office filling in forms.

Meanwhile Bow Conservatives continue with their campaign calling for a cut
in paperwork to enable police to get out on the streets and get on with their
jobs.

I chair the Bow East Safer Neighbourhood Team Ward Panel, and see first hand what they have to face. Bow police do a fantastic job, but face bureaucracy and
targets that stop them from getting out on the streets. I support the
Conservative pledge to cut police paperwork, and help get police out on the
streets to keep us safe.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy, prosperous, and successful new year.

And while it's technically not, a very happy decade!

Obviously I hope that it is the year that we get a change of Government, and also some more Conservative coucnillors in Tower Hamlets.

2010 - Happy New Year!