Friday, 30 July 2010

Echo Reports Lincoln MPs Twitter Misjudgement, But Triumphs On BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The Lincolnshire Echo is today reporting that Karl McCartney MP, Conservative (Lincoln), who posted a message on his Twitter feed has strongly criticised people who oppose plans supported by the parliamentarian to bring horse racing to Lincoln's West Common.

The comments came after the paper reported on the Lincoln Commons Advisory Panel's decision to reject plans for the racecourse and recommend to the City of Lincoln Council's Executive that it does not grant an initial lease.

Above: Karl McCartney,
Member of Parliament for
the Lincoln Constituency
Mr. McCartney tweeted:
"It says a lot that Labour councillors and anti brigade try to judge everyone's motives by their own standards and twisted hate-filled republican logic."
The paper reports that the tweet has left residents and the six hundred people who signed a petition against a racecourse wondering whether Mr. McCartney is listening to them.

Ms Jane Kirman of Hewson Road, voted Conservative in the General Election. is reported to have said:
"He should listen to the people who put him into power."
The Lincolnshire Echo asked Mr. McCartney how he thought people might feel and report that he said:
"I would never insult the six hundred people who signed the petition as they have rightly wanted to have their say, but the premise of the information in the petition is incorrect.

"The problem has been the way the proposals have been wrongly portrayed by those who willfully have done so, aided and abetted by certain media.

"Yesterday's story in the Echo started with the line 'plans to bring back racing on Lincoln's West Common'. This is not the case because the plans put forward are about looking at whether it is viable to do so and do not say it should definitely go ahead at all.

"This has been about The Lincoln Racecourse Regeneration Company Ltd and Lincoln Racecourse Trust being allowed to investigate if racing is viable."
The company, of which Mr. McCartney is a director, is asking Lincoln City Council for a heads of term lease. It is with this lease secured that the company would start to work up a masterplan. But the Commons Advisory Panel, the paper reports, has agreed that if the company wanted to create a masterplan, it should go ahead without the lease, which the company wants to demonstrate the authority is interested in the project.

The authority will decide later in the year whether to accept the recommendation.

Mr. McCartney later edited his Twitter feed to read:
"It says a lot that some Labour councillors and a tiny majority of anti brigade try to judge anyone's motives by their own standards."
Mr. McCartney, early this morning, spoke on BBC Radio Lincolnshire and talked about the Echo's story and vehemently denied that he did not listen to local people and that a deal had already been done.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Lincoln Rugby Club Granted Planning Permission for Lodge Lane Site

Last night West Lindsey District Council's Planning Committee granted Lincoln Rugby Football Club Planning Permission to build a new clubhouse and playing area on thirty-two acres of land on Lodge Lane, Nettleham.

The club, ten years ago, somewhat reluctantly, came to the decision that the facilities at the Lindum Sports Club, off Wragby Road, Lincoln were no longer large enough to cope with a rapidly growing number of players, particularly in the mini and junior sections. The club is naturally delighted after years of difficulties and frustrations to have finally got the go ahead. Once new facilities are ready for use the club will be in a position to achieve its aims of increasing participation across all age groups, introducing girls' and women's rugby and becoming a for in rugby in the area.

The proposed clubhouse will have six changing rooms as well as a bar and social areas.  The playing area will allow for up to four full size pitches and seven smaller junior and mini pitches.  In the summer months it is hoped that the facility will be used for Rugby League as well as tag rugby and rounders.  The clubhouse, which is designed to cater for the disabled, has been identified as a potential centre for 'boccia', a game similar to indoor bowls suitable for the disabled.  The club is keen to work closely with the local community.

Above: Mr. Bill Green, Prsident
of  Lincoln Rugby Club.
Club President, Mr. Bill Green, said:
"I am delighted with this decision which will allow us to develop a facility to meet our current and future needs.  It will allow us to introduce girls' and women's rugby as well as resolving the situation where we have turned players away in some of our junior and mini age groups due to lack of space.  We are looking forward to working closely with West Lindsey District Council and other bodies to develop participation in active sport in the area."
If everything goes to plan the club hopes to open the facility in January 2012, providing that a gap in funding can be filled.

Nettleham Parish Council had previously decided to object to the proposals and Cllr. John Evans represented the council at last night's meeting.

Speaking at the meeting Cllr. Evans said the proposal would be 'overwhelming and disproportionate' for the village.

Cllr. Evans said:
"The issue of congestion and safety through the middle village has been dismissed by the planning officer's report.

"We live there and we know how bad the traffic can get, even when it's not time for the school run."
 He summerised his thoughts following the meeting last night, via email, saying:
"I had five minutes to put the parish council view, and provided as much supporting planning related evidence as I could. We also had two members of the public addressing the issue and they were both against. The planning issue which I raised was not addressed, and the traffic issue was debated but finally dismissed, clearly the opinion of the Highways Dept counts for nothing."
Cllr. Evens noted that both of Nettleham's District Councillors supported the application and said:
"The only person to vote against the application was the councillor for Sudbrooke".
The application was carried by six votes in favour to one vote against.

You can watch the meeting of West Lindsey District Council's Planning Committee here.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

District Councillor Will Not Represent Villagers At Crucial Planning Meeting

A West Lindsey District Councillor has undoubtedly angered residents from across Nettleham by refusing to take place in the 'debate and vote' of tonight's Planning Committee Meeting.

Cllr. Malcolm Leaning, Liberal Democrat (Nettleham Ward), astonished many local residents last week by declaring his support for the Lincoln Rugby Club's proposals for Lodge Lane, Nettleham.

Now, Cllr. Leaning has left hopeful residents disappointed as he has decided not to take part in the debate and vote on the matter. Whilst those opposed to the development will no doubt be pleased.

Cllr. Leaning explained that
"[R]egarding the advice I had given the committee in December when I had anticipated a much earlier decision which would have been taken in my absence. Although I had not pre-determined any decision, as I had said I was awaiting reports, she [Rachel North] feels it would be safer if I just addressed the committee as ward member then temporally leave the meeting while the debate and vote takes place."
Cllr. Leaning at the beginning of the year was on holiday, abandoning his responsibilities to local electors, on a four month luxury cruise and had not expected to be in the country when the matter came before councillors.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Edward Leigh Attacks Alternative Voting Reform as 'Extraordinarily Dangerous'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat (Sheffield Hallam), has defended the government's plans to hold a referendum on changing the Westminster voting system against claims that its proposed timing is 'extraordinarily dangerous'.

At question time on Tuesday, 27th July 2010, Mr. Clegg said holding the ballot on whether Members of Parliament should be elected by the alternative vote method on the same day as next May's elections to the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly, as well as local authorities in England, would boost turnout and save money.

Above: Edward Leigh MP quizzing
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
But Conservative, former minister, Edward Leigh MP, Conservative (Gainsborough), asked the deputy prime minister:
"Notwithstanding the fact that my new and best Right Hon. Friend would, I am sure, now deprecate the fact that if we had had the alternative vote in 1997 the Conservative party would have been reduced to a pathetic rump of 65 MPs, does he not think that precisely because AV is not proportional, it raises complicated questions? It is extraordinarily dangerous, therefore, to have the referendum on the same day as other elections, namely the Scottish elections. We need a proper debate on the issue."
Mr. Leigh is one of forty-four Conservatives backing a motion, tabled by Conservative backbencher Bernard Jenkin, which urges the coalition government to rethink its plans, warning that they contradict advice issued by the Electoral Commission.

But Mr. Clegg replied:
"About 84% of voters in England will be voting in any event next May. In Scotland and Wales everybody will be entitled to vote.

"About 39 million people will be anyway invited to vote next May and it seems to me, instead of asking people to constantly go back to polling booths to cast separate votes, it is perfectly right to say on a very simple issue, yes or no, to invite them to do so at, by the way, lower cost to the Exchequer - it saves around £17m - on the same day as other elections."
In response to criticism from Labour backbencher Jim McGovern about the failure of the government to consult the Scottish Parliament about the timing of the vote, Mr Clegg told MPs:
"I think it is disrespectful to the voters and people of Scotland to suggest that somehow they are incapable of making two decisions at once."

Monday, 26 July 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Gillian Merron Spotted In Lincoln

The former Labour parliamentarian for Lincoln, Ms Gillian Merron, was spotted earlier today in Lincoln. Ms. Merron who lost her Lincoln seat in the general election to Karl McCartney MP, Conservative (Lincoln), resurfaced on Guildhall Street in the centre of the city earlier today.

Quizzed on what life was now holding for the former minister now that she had left government and parliament she responded that she was 'looking for work', confirming other reports of her recent activities from other source.

Ms Merron also indicated that David Miliband, the shadow Foreign Secretary, had her support to become the next leader of the Labour Party and scotched Diane Abbotts chances of winning the leadership.

In all Ms Merron seemed to be in confident and positive spirits and her opponent had failed, by his own definition, of what he wanted to achieve by winning the seat with a bigger swing than that achieved by Martin Vickers MP, Conservative (Cleethorpes).

Saturday, 24 July 2010

District Councillor Says 'Yes' to Nettleham Rugby Development

Cllr. Malcolm Leaning, Liberal Democrat (Nettleham Ward) has given his support for planning permission to be granted to the Lindum Rugby Club's proposed development on Lodge Lane, Nettleham.

With a meeting of the West Lindsey District Council's Planning Committee only days away, Cllr. Leaning has stunned local residents opposed to the plans by endorsing the proposed scheme, recommended for approval in the officer's report, which states:
"Anticipating that a decision on the application could well be made whilst he was going to be away, Councillor Leaning has explained he is fully aware of the lengthy discussions which have taken place between the Club and the parish council and at public meetings. He has received messages of support and objections. Whilst he would have preferred to have the benefit of a full report from officers, as this was not available at the time he decided on the basis of what information was available on balance to support the proposal. In so doing he pointed out that Mulsanne Park has no spare capacity for pursuits other than those which take place there at present and this will result in a greater choice for residents, and that Nettleham as a community tries to cater for all age groups in its population."
The meeting of the Planning Committee to discuss the planning application will take place on Wednesday, 28th July at 6:30pm at the Guildhall, Marshall's Yard Gainsborough and it is widely expected that planning permission will be granted.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Lincoln's Conservatives Split Over Racecourse's Future

The Lincolnite is reporting that an unnamed Conservative City Councillor has blasted The Lincoln Racecourse Regeneration Company’s plans to reinstate horse racing in the West Common, saying that they are a 'bad idea that won’t happen.'

The councillor, who, it is reported, wishes to remain anonymous in order to still be able to vote against LRRC’s plans at the Council’s Executive Meeting on Monday, 9th August 2010, is reported to have said there is
"no general support within the Council"
for the racecourse.

The plans are 'a complete waste of time,' and there 'is no way this is going to happen.' The City of Lincoln Council is 'never ever going to grant them a lease,' the councillor added, explaining the Council still has to take each proposal in to consideration, including the one for the racecourse.

Karl McCartney MP, Conservative (Lincoln) and a director of the Lincoln Racecourse Regeneration Company, is 'a complication' in this issue, the councillor is reported to have said. The City of Lincoln Council has 'no political will' toward the racecourse plans, despite it having a Conservative-led council, achieved with support from the council's lone liberal, Helen Heath, Liberal Democrat (Carholme Ward). Accusations that the Lincoln racecourse is a 'Conservative conspiracy' were also refuted.

Meanwhile, the residents' campaign against the West Common racecourse is gaining momentum. The campaign, has gathered 450 signatures on an online petition and is also backed by television botanist David Bellamy, who said the Common is “very, very precious” and it shouldn’t be used for commercial purposes.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Edward Leigh Will Chair Party Policy Committee on Foreign Affairs

A system of backbench policy committee is being revived within the Conservative Party now that it is back in government and local parliamentarian Edward Leigh it can be revealed is to Chair the committee on Foreign Affairs.

The 1922 Committee, has opted to create five committees covering broad areas of government policy, rather than have one for every single government department - which was the system that operated previously. The committee will likely play a significant role both in policy formation and acting as a channel of communication between backbenchers and ministers.

Alan Clark wrote in his diaries, exalting in his victory over Julian Critchley in the contest for the Vice-Chairmanship of the backbench Defence Committee.
"It's no good just having the Left or Right "whipped" vote behind you,"

"You have to be able to pick up something from the uncommitted. Conversely, of course, it's no use just being one of the uncommitted because however well-liked you are, you are bound to get squeezed."

The elections for the chairmen of these committees have just taken place and It can now be revealed that the following have been chosen to serve by their peers:
  • Economic Affairs - John Redwood MP (Wokingham)
  • Home and Constitutional Affairs - Eleanor Laing MP (Epping Forest)
  • Foreign Affairs - Edward Leigh MP (Gainsborough)
  • Public Services - Andrew Percy (Brigg & Goole)
  • Environment - Neil Parish MP (Tiverton and Honiton)

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Woman Fined For Benefit Offence

A sixty-three-year-old woman received benefits of more than £7,691 she was not entitled to by not declaring income from her late husband's pension, magistrates in Lincoln were told.

Mrs. Barbara Sandars, of South View, Walesby, Market Rasen, admitted failing to declare her true circumstances whilst claiming housing and council tax benefits and was fined £185. She also has to pay £100 towards costs, a £15 surcharge and will have to repay the overpayment.

The prosecution was brought by West Lindsey District Council who told the Bench that the authority was alerted to a discrepancy in Mrs. Sandars's claim by differences in the information they held and her tax records.

An investigation began which revealed that an occupational pension was being paid to Mrs. Sandars from her late husband's employer and this had been the case since the outset of her claim.

Mrs. Sandars said that her late father had helped her with the claim form and he had told her that the pension did not count as it was unearned income, but she admitted that she did not check with the Council whether this was the case.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

East Midlands MEP Does Not Support Creation of European Diplomatic Service, Whilst Colleagues Vote For It.

Mr. Roger Helmer MEP, Conservative (East Midlands), today commented on recent activites of the European Parliament saying:

"Not me, Guv. I voted 'NO'."
Rt. Hon. William Hague MP, Foreign Secretary gave instructions to the European Conservatives and Reformists group in the European Parliament, in which the Conservatives' MEPs sit, were decisive in securing a crucial positive vote on the European External Action Service (EEAS).

Without a decisive call by United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary, Rt. Hon. William Hague MP, to his fellow party members in the European Conservatives and Reformists group (ECR), whose members were elected on an anti-federalist ticket, the EEAS would probably not have got off the ground.

The Parliament voted on Thursday, 8th July on a decision to establish the European External Action Service, a new European Union's diplomatic corps that will be led by EU foreign policy chief Baroness Catherine Ashton.

To the surprise of many observers – including some ECR group members – the EEAS proposal was approved, in part thanks to the support of MEPs from the European Conservatives and Reformists group.

Mr. Charles Tannock MEP, foreign affairs spokesman for the ECR group, said:
"We were opposed to the creation of the EEAS but we are now reconciled to engaging constructively within the new architecture in the best interests of our countries."
He argued that some changes introduced to the proposal had made it acceptable to the Conservatives.
"I welcome that Mr [Elmar] Brok, [a German centre-right MEP] as rapporteur, has included my amendment in his text, which supports national parliamentary involvement. This is crucial to ensuring that the new service is subject to proper democratic scrutiny."
Ms Ulrike Lunacek MEP, an Austrian Green, said that without the ECR group's support, the decision would have been postponed until the autumn, allowing EU member states more time to bargain for amendments to dilute the text, or fight for positions of influence in the future EU organisation.

"Without the ECR we wouldn't have achieved it."
Lunacek explained how some MEPs from the ECR group had seemed confused following the vote after being told to vote in favour of a text which they had previously attacked.

Until days ago, leading MEPs were saying that more time would be needed for the political groups to digest a compromise deal on the proposal reached in Madrid. They were categorical in saying that the vote on approving Ashton's proposals would take place after the summer recess.

However, on Thursday, 8th July, European parliamentarians overwhelmingly voted to set up the EEAS, by 549 votes to 78. Only MEPs from the left-wing Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) and the right-wing, Eurosceptic Europe of Freedom and Democracy group (EFD) voted against the proposal.

Asked to comment on the political importance of William Hague's move, Lunacek said:
"This is something I wouldn't have expected from Mr. Hague, so I really appreciate that. I hope this augurs for a more pro-European stance, in the Council especially. Being in government together with the Lib Dems hopefully helps somewhat. That's a positive sign."
Mr. Guillaume McLaughlin, a policy adviser from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group, said a few more obstacles had to be overcome before the vote could be held. The first was an internal division within the centre-right European People's Party group, with Polish Conservative MEP Jacek Sariusz-Wolski pushing for more 'geographical balance,' meaning fairer representation of Eastern Europeans in the future diplomatic service.

This view was opposed by leading European People's Party (EPP) member Mr. Elmar Brok MEP, who stood against the concept.

As discussions developed, Sariusz-Wolski apparently backed down after it had been agreed internally that Polish European Affairs Minister MikoĊ‚aj Dowgielewicz would get the job of deputy secretary-general of the EEAS. Instead of a tougher text on geographical balance, an agreement was reached that possible 'imbalances' would be taken into account during the 2013 review of the service.

Another aspect, Mr. McLaughlin explained, was the position of the Partido Popular, the Spanish centre-right opposition party, which was 'playing Spanish politics' and 'didn't want the Spanish Socialists to achieve anything during their presidency'.

During the conference of political group presidents, held before the Strasbourg plenary, all group leaders were in favour of holding the vote during the July session, except the EPP, which insisted on postponing the vote until autumn.

In this context, the votes by the ECR group proved decisive.

"The Tories, for God's sake, saved this,"
 McLaughlin fretted, adding that the coalition with the Liberal democrats had
"delivered some positive things already at European level".
He also said that a major factor in the vote's success was the absence of Mr. Brok from the conference of presidents, held on Thursday, 1st July. On that day, Mr. Brok was in Berlin on the occasion of the vote to appoint the new German President, Christian Wulff.
"There was in fact nobody from the EPP to defend Brok's position,"
The fact that the EPP was opposed to holding the vote at the July session, however, did not prevent the Parliament's biggest group from massively voting in favour of the EEAS blueprint, he added.

New Play Equipment for Bill Bailey's Field Opened

Nettleham Parish Council owns and manages three play areas within the village and has been conscious for some time that no new play equipment had been installed at any of the sites.

Last September the Council received an approach from a youngster in the village who suggested that a small roundabout (called a Sputnik) would be a useful addition to the play area at Bill Bailey’s playing field.

After consideration by the Property Committee and the full Council, funds were allocated in the 2010/11 budget for the equipment, and this has recently been installed at a total cost of £4,800.

The equipment will be formally opened at today at half past two by Joseph Shaw, the youngster who made the original suggestion. His school (Nettleham Infant School) has been very supportive and have agreed that the whole class can attend this event.

The ceremony will also be attended by The Chairman of the Property Committee and other Councillors.

Monday, 12 July 2010

West Lindsey District Council Keep Free Swimming For The Summer Despite Cuts

Conservative-led West Lindsey District Council has pledged to keep free swimming for the young and old throughout the duration of the summer holidays.

The news comes just weeks after the Coalition Government axed the funding for the free swimming programme - aimed at under 16's and over 65's.

Leader of the Council, Cllr. Burt Keimach, Conservative (Market Rasen Ward), said:
"At the moment we are the only council in Lincolnshire, who have made a commitment to go down this route.

"We have taken the decision after careful consideration and believe we have made the right decision for the local community.
"In May, more than three thousand people accessed the free service in West Lindsey, helping to keep them occupied and lead a healthier lifestyle.

"As a council we are delighted to be able to continue to provide the service especially through-out the summer holidays until the end of August."
Figures show that in May, 2,114 under 16 year-old and 902 people over the age of 60 accessed the service.

Mr. Dick Holmes a spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said:
"We fully support the continuation of this initiative. The police service in general works hard to provide diverse activities for children and young people particularly through the summer holidays. The fact West Lindsey District Council is keeping the free swimming throughout the summer can only assist us with that."
To be eligible for free swimming applicants need to register at the leisure centre and provide proof of age, either with a birth certificate or a bus pass.

For more details visit the West Lindsey Leisure Centre, The Avenue, Gainsborough or call (01427) 615169.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Lincolnshire CF Endorse Simon Cavalier-Jones

Last night the Officers of Conservative Future in Lincolnshire endorsed local candidate, Mr. Simon Cavalier-Jones, who is in the running for the National Chairmanship of the Conservative Party's youth organisation.

Mr. Cavalier-Jones has said:
"Following many years as an ordinary member of Conservative Future, I am standing for National Chairman to try and create an organisation we can be proud of. I want to see CF nurture the brightest and best talent into the highest levels of the Conservative Party.

"I want to see CF become an organisation that is taken seriously and that we are all proud of.

"As Chairman I will tirelessly champion the views of the membership, and stand up on issues that matter to you."
Lincolnshire CF is relatively small compared with other areas, and Mr. Cavalier Jones was always likely to secure the endorsement of his home patch, nevertheless Mr. Cavalier-Jones will no doubt be happy to have received such support.

CF in Lincolnshire Deputy Chairman, Giles McNeill, said:
"Tonight we have met the two candidates, who have declared and remain in the race. Both Ben and Simon have their good points and are passionate about making CF better in the future.
"We believe that Simon has the experience, key skills, and intellect to take Conservative Future forward, building an organisation which is national in scope and outlook and less focussed on London."

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Victory for Commoners Who Win Parliamentary Boat Race

The Lords in red behind the
Commons in Green.
The House of Commons rowing crew was victorious in the annual parliamentary boat race on the River Thames on this afternoon.

The crew included local parliamentarian Edward Leigh MP, Conservative (Gainsborough) and Duncan Hames, Liberal Democrat (Chippenham). The captain was Don Foster MP, Liberal Democrat (Bath).
Mr. Hames commented on his twitter feed following the race:
"Celebrating victory in the Parliamentary Boat Race, and securing thousands of [pounds] for the Stroke Association and Thames apprenticeships."
It is the second year running that the Commons crew has beat the crew from the House of Lords.

The race started just off Millbank Pier with the finishing line between the Houses of Parliament and St Thomas' Hospital.
Members of the House of Commons Crew, including Edward Leigh MP (right).

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Market Traders Will Move to First-Class Refurbished Market

Loyal Gainsborough market trader Mr. Flynn Harding ca not wait for the town's £3 million refurbishment to be finished.  The end of the work will mean the traders can move back into their brand new Market Place home on Tuesday, 24th August 2010.

Stallholders will be able to take advantage of a first-class trading environment.  Mr. Harding works on the fruit and veg stall on the market.  He said:
"Moving the market to a new temporary site was always going to be difficult.

"But I am sure it will all be worth it in the end when we have a town centre that will rival any other in Lincolnshire and for miles around."
Mr. Harding has been working on Gainsborough market for 25 years. He said:
"It is a good atmosphere working on the market. You have good banter with people who come back to see you week after week.

"The refurbishment has affected the whole town but everyone is looking forward to getting back to normal.

"It will certainly look a lot better once the work has been completed."
A job of this size is bound to take time, but compared to other areas the Gainsborough work has been done very quickly, to minimise disruption.  Traders and retailers have been fully informed and consulted throughout the whole process.

The council has frozen the Tuesday stall rents since April 2008 and, in response to requests from traders reduced the Saturday rents.  A special family fun day is now being planned to celebrate the official re-launch of the market.  Celebrity Chef Rachel Green, has agreed to return to the town to mark the occasion and will give a cookery demonstration on the day.

Mr. Peter Thurlow, Co-op manager said:
"We are really looking forward to a positive trading performance when the market returns.

"It will look absolutely stunning. There has been a lot of investment in Gainsborough in recent years, especially with Marshalls Yard and it is fitting the town centre has been updated to.

"We hope local residents and people in surrounding villages and towns will continue to support the market."
Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr. Burt Keimach, Conservative (Market Rasen Ward), explained the refurbishments have been carried out to benefit the town and the local traders.
"We need a modern town centre to serve Gainsborough as it continues to grow and prosper over the next 20 years, when the town will benefit from the Growth Point status which means the town will double in size."

Monday, 5 July 2010

Art Exhibition In Village

Nettleham Art Group is holding its sixth Annual Art Exhibition in the Old School, near Nettleham Church, next weekend.

The exhibition will be open 2:00pm to 5:00pm and 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Friday, 9th July and Saturday 10th July 2010 and then from 11:00am to 4:00pm on the Sunday.

Many paintings will be for sale and there will also be unframed pictures, prints and greetings cards.

Proceeds from the event will go to the British Heart Foundation.

For more information contact 01522 753558.

Police Investigating 15 Burglaries Next To Headquarters

Embarrassed police are investigating 15 burglaries in four weeks at houses surrounding their headquarters the Mirror today reports.

So far no arrests have been made following the raids in the village of Nettleham, near Lincoln. The homes involved are some of the most expensive in the area, and patrols have now been stepped up.

Parish Council Chairman, Cllr. Terry Williams, said:
"I can't remember anything like it. Local people are concerned and unsettled."

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Sullivan Drops Out of Leadership Race

Mr. Patrick Sullivan, leadership contender for National Chairman of Conservative Future is to quit the race for the top job to spend more time on Social Action projects, London Spin can reveals. Mr. Sullivan is believed to be working closely with Cllr. Robert-John Tasker, Conservative (Coombe Vale Ward - The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Council), to create a special selection of ‘Help for Heroes’ fundraising hustings across the country to raise money for wounded troops and their families.

Commenting on the news, fellow contender Mr. Simon Cavalier-Jones, East Midlands CF Deputy Chairman, told this London Spin,
"Patrick has been a loyal servant to Conservative Future for many years, it is a measure of the man that he has chosen to focus his efforts on such a noble cause. His plans to support Help for Heroes is fantastic and can only benefit all concerned. I hope all CF members will support his drive to raise money for a group of men and women who do a great service for all of us."
All funds raised from the hustings events will go directly to the Help for Heroes charity. It is understood that Sullivan will call on all candidates to do more to help CF Social Action projects.