Friday, 31 October 2008

Candidate Selection Made

Prospective Candidate for the Nettleham & Saxilby Division County Council Seat Selected

Giles McNeill has been selected as the Conservative Party’s prospective candidate for the Nettleham & Saxilby Division for the County Council elections scheduled to take place in June 2009.

Giles said:
“I am delighted to have been selected as your prospective County Council candidate for the Nettleham & Saxilby Division. I want to know what issues are important to local residents. My job in the coming months is to listen to the views of local residents and then ensure that those views will be heard in the council.

“A strong economy is the foundation of everything that we want to achieve. Ensuring that we have responsible management of public money in Lincolnshire will be a top priority. I want safe communities; it isn’t enough to treat the symptoms of social failure, we have got to tackle the causes. Social mobility under Labour has stalled. I want to ensure that everybody is given the opportunities they deserve: I want to help those who are willing to help themselves, I want families and the voluntary sector to be stronger so that we can create a more cohesive, compassionate society by empowering people to be responsible.

I hope that when polling day comes, local residents will support me. In Broadholme, Broxholme, Burton, Burton Waters, Grange-De-Lings, North Carlton, North Greetwell, Nettleham, Riseholme, Saxilby-With-Ingleby and South Carlton: it is time for change. I want to be that change – change that will strengthen our communities.”

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Namaste!

I would like to extend my warmest wishes to the local Hindu community on the auspicious occasion of Diwali.

The festival of light sends a message of hope and optimism that all of us, of whatever faith, can embrace enthusiastically.

Diwali is a time for us to reflect on the importance of the family, friendship and goodwill. It is a celebration of good over evil, of light over darkness, and of knowledge over ignorance. It is also a time for reflection so that we can reinforce our common and shared bonds.

The local Hindu community has contributed a huge amount to our society. I admire the Hindu commitment to the family, spirit of hard work, and devotion to the community – all of which are values that Conservatives applaud and cherish.

I believe we can be proud of Britain’s vibrant, multi-ethnic society, and of our British identity and shared values. There is far more that unites us than divides us. Today those of all faiths and none can learn from the message of Diwali.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Having Dinner with Roger Helmer MEP

I had the good fortune to be sat next to Roger Helmer MEP at the Nettleham & District's Branch Annual Dinner earlier this evening.

We talked together for some time, even getting into the intricacies of the D'Hont Method used for the Election of European Parliamentarians from Britain and associated territories - which I found absolutely fascinating, and imagine would render most people bored senseless. European Elections are scheduled for June 2009 next year.

Roger explained his views regarding climate change. Despite what may be printed in the press Roger believes, rightly, that there is climate change; he is however, sceptical about the effect of climate change and the amount of conflicting evidence that can be presented to bolster any number of different positions. So he, like myself prefers to keep an open mind on the question of Global Warming.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Time to end Gordon Brown’s regime of bin taxes, bin cuts and bin fines

Conservative proposals to increase recycling and improve frontline services

Giles McNeill, Nettleham Parish Councillor, today welcomed new Conservative proposals to end Gordon Brown’s unpopular and damaging policies of bin cuts, bin fines and bin taxes. In a major national policy announcement, Conservatives have unveiled plans to help the local environment and improve services to family homes.

• A Conservative Government will change Whitehall policy, restoring the expectation that councils should offer full weekly collections – ending and reversing the Labour policy of bin cuts, which are harming public health and the local environment in many parts of the country.
• Central funding will be offered to all councils so they can have full weekly collections, on top of a comprehensive recycling service. This will be funded by scrapping a host of unelected quangos and local government red tape. Based on the current rate of cuts, weekly bin collections will disappear completely from Britain by 2013.
• Councils, subject to the ballot box, will still have the final decision on what services to offer – but they will no longer be bullied into cutting services due to Whitehall diktats.
• Gordon Brown’s plans for new bin taxes will be scrapped. Labour’s stealth taxes threaten to harm the environment by fuelling fly-tipping and backyard burning.
• Conservatives will champion green incentives – from trials for free green compost bins, water butts, green cones and garden wormeries, to the ‘Recyclebank’ scheme, used in America, where householders are paid for recycling.
• New powers will be given to councils, allowing them to cut local council tax bills in return for recycling and green behaviour.

Giles McNeill said:
“Gordon Brown is making it ever harder for families to dispose of their waste responsibly. Despite soaring levels of council tax, local people are being hit by cuts to collections, over-zealous use of bin fines and the prospect of expensive new bin taxes which will push up the cost of living. Councils are getting the blame for policies imposed by Whitehall. That must change.

“Conservatives believe that regular rubbish collections are a vital frontline council service to help protect the local environment and public health. We reject Labour’s approach of state bullying, cutting services and higher taxes. We will provide funding for those councils that want to provide proper weekly rubbish collections, on top of comprehensive recycling services.

“We will make it easier for families to go green and increase recycling by working with households, not punishing them with heavy-handed bin taxes, bin cuts and bin fines.”

Monday, 13 October 2008

Environment discussed with Shadow Minister

Meeting with Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Peter Ainsworth MP

I had the good fortune to meet with the Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Peter Ainsworth, earlier this afternoon. Together with colleagues from west Lindsey District Council he had been touring the site for proposed new recycling facilities and the district's recycling operation.

Cllr. Adam Duguid (Market Rasen), Deputy Leader of West Lindsey District Council, makes his point to Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Peter Ainsworth.

Peter's commitment to green causes has earned him considerable respect amongst environmental groups. He is well aware that until David Cameron became Leader of the Party, the environment tended to be seen as something of a left wing issue. He passonately believes that it has always been natural territory for Conservatives. We discussed a number of issues, as did colleagues.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Plans to freeze council tax for West Lindsey residents – saving £221

Conservative proposals to help families and pensioners from soaring cost of living

Hard-pressed local residents across West Lindsey could benefit from lower council tax, under national plans which have been drawn up by Conservatives. Taxpayers in Scotland benefited from a council tax freeze this year, thanks to a deal struck between Scottish local authorities and the Scottish Executive. But those living south the border were not so lucky.

The new Conservative proposal involves a partnership with local councils, giving them extra support to deliver a council tax freeze in the first two years of a Conservative Government.

• If a council keeps its council tax bill rise to 2.5% or less, then central government will provide sufficient additional resources to fund a further, additional 2.5% reduction in council tax bills.

• Each council will be completely free to accept or reject this offer. Those that accept the offer will be able to give their taxpayers a complete freeze, or even reduction, for two years in a row.

• Across West Lindsey the value of a council tax freeze would be equivalent to saving £221 over the two years. Under Labour, council tax has soared by 116% over the last ten years, taking the average Band D bill to £1476

The cost to central government of reducing council tax would be funded from savings from cutting central spending on public sector consultants and advertising, and not from the overall local government budget. The Labour Government is now the second biggest advertiser in Britain, spending five times more than Tescos. It has also been slammed for the irresponsible and expensive use of consultancy firms, on top of civil servants.

Giles McNeill said:
“Under Labour, council tax has soared across the country, pushing up the cost of living. Families and pensioners facing the economic squeeze cannot afford yet more tax rises from Gordon Brown.

“The next Conservative Government will work with local councils to freeze council tax for at least two years.

“Instead of rising council tax bills year after year under Labour, millions of families will get help at the time they need it most. Conservatives will not leave people to struggle with the credit crunch on their own.”

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Blog Relaunched

Today marks the relaunch of the Giles McNeill for Nettleham blog. From now on the blog will be available from the following address. http://gilesmcneill.blogspot.com.

Over the comming weeks and months the site will be being upgraded and redesigned. It is hoped you like the changes as they are rolled out.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Eid Mubarak!

I would like to extend my warmest wishes to you and the local Muslim community on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

The three-day festival of Eid, marking the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, has important religious significance as a time of prayer and thankfulness for blessings we have received. It’s an occasion for forgiveness and for giving to those who are less fortunate than ourselves, as well as a time for families, friends and the wider community to come together in celebration.

So the festival is a reminder that if we want to look at British values – such as the importance of community and generosity – there are plenty of British Muslims ready to show us what those things really mean.

I’ve seen at first hand those values being put into practice whenever I’ve visited local Muslim families. I admire your commitment to the family, your spirit of hard work and your devotion to the community – all of which are values that Conservatives applaud and cherish.

The local Muslim community has contributed a huge amount to all aspects of our society. Lincolnshire thrives on its diversity and applauds the example of the local Muslim community.

I believe we can be proud of Britain’s vibrant, multi-ethnic society, and of our British identity and shared values. There is far more that unites us than divides us. Today those of all faiths and none can learn from the messages of Ramadan and Eid.

Please accept my best wishes, and enjoy the festival.