The last time I saw my grandmother was via a Zoom link before a few weeks later I gave the eulogy at her funeral.
Whatever the outcome of Sue Gray’s investigation, we must draw a line under the questions being faced by the Government.
In terms of parliamentary seats, CCHQ now needs to be targeting the North East of England much more broadly for the next election.
Will it be: Keir On Course, So-So Starmer…or a Knightmare for the Labour Party in Hartlepool – and elsewhere?
The sad truth is that many local Labour councils and local bureaucracies don’t want it: they’re scared of it.
Perhaps the simplest way of putting it is: it’s all about economic credibility, stupid. Because come 2024, it certainly will be.
The towns of the North East, left behind for generations by Labour, will need to see their Conservative MPs forging a durable path to a future.
It’s vital that on education, policing and infrastructure, as much clarity is given as possible to departments as possible in terms of long-term funding.
For many in my community – particularly those on tight budgets, pensioners, and people trying to manage their way out of debt – cash is what they live by.
His “Goldilocks Politics” of “too much/too little, too fast/too slow” throughout the pandemic is unlikely to win over voters.
We need to switch from specifying “what’s allowed to open” to “what in the interest of public health needs to continue to be restricted.”
Shotley Bridge hospital was mentioned in Parliament three times in ten years by my predecessors; and as often by me in the last six months.
The Chancellor could please every beer & cider drinker; charity donor; motorhome manufacturer, retailer and owner; caravan site owner, and public toilet user in Britain.
I’m looking forward to helping put some local and national issues on the table when I make mine later today.