11th Feb: Weekly campaign diary for #dean4luton

It’s been another packed week representing Luton North, campaigning, canvassing and connecting with lots of residents across the constituency. Beyond the visits and photos, I’ve been very busy this week investigating some of the financial and community decisions of Luton Borough Council. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like they are actively held to account by the existing Labour […]

A tribute to Derek Watson – Owner of Chaos City Comics

I read with great sadness this week that Chaos City Comics owner Derek Watson has died following a long illness. As a sci-fi and comic book fan myself, Derek and Chaos City were regular fixtures to my visits to St Albans. In fact, it was the only store I just HAD to visit whenever shopping in the city […]

Thanks First Capital Connect – you listened!

Back in January I wrote a concerned blog post ‘An open call: trains, disruption and safeguarding schoolkids‘. It was a public request to train operators (especially First Capital Connect) to improve how they safeguard children commuting during disruptions to service. Following a huge amount of public support, I was able to raise the issue directly with First Capital […]

#CANVASSINGQUESTIONS: ST ALBANS INTERVIEWS – Steve McKeown (Verulam Ward)

My latest entry in my #CanvassingQuestions series to find out more about the local St Albans District Conservative Candidates, this post covers an interview with Steve McKeown, the Verulam Ward Candidate: Why do you want to be a councillor ? My primary reasons for wanting to become a councillor are that I have a passion to help people. My job as […]

#CanvassingQuestions: St Albans Interviews – Mary Maynard (Harpenden East)

With the UK local elections just days away. I have restarted my #CanvassingQuestions series to find out some more about the local St Albans District Conservative Candidates.  This post covers an interview with Mary Maynard, the candidate for Harpenden East: Why do you want to be a councillor ?  Working as a management consultant for over 25 years, […]

An open call: Trains, disruption and safeguarding schoolkids

During the major Thameslink rail line disruption on Friday, I found myself sitting on a stationary train at my local station, frustrated like all the other passengers. As I finished emailing colleagues about the delays and finally got-over-myself for being annoyed at something unavoidable. I noticed a young child in school uniform, sitting alone and […]

What Have You Done?!

Last week a terrible decision was made for the District of St Albans that affects residents, our Green Belt and sadly put politics in front of people. On Wednesday 28th November, certain members of St Albans District Council decided to postpone the pre-submission of the Strategic Local Plan. This has enormous consequences for our District. […]

Phew…it’s been a while.

Back in April I focussed my Third Sector column on how to make writing a blog a easier and be more consistent. Well, I’ve clearly not followed my own advice as it’s been a good 6 weeks since posting anything. Yet, this doesn’t mean I’ve been idly twiddling my thumbs. In fact, I can’t remember […]

#Canvassingquestions – St Albans interviews – Michael Weaver (Harpenden West)

Why do I want to be a Councillor? I have been a Town Councillor for 9 years, which has been a great apprenticeship for becoming a District Councillor. This year I have been Harpenden`s Town Mayor. I now feel I can bring to the wider district in St Albans the benefit of all the experience […]

#Canvassingquestions – St Albans interviews – Guy Young (Ashley Ward)

Why do you want to be a St Albans district councillor?  I want to be a St Albans councillor because I want to make the District a better place to live and work in. I feel that a Conservative District Council will achieve this more than any of the other parties. This is because I feel the […]

#Canvassingquestions – St Albans interviews – Heidi Suzanne Allen (Marshalswick South)

Why do you want to be a St Albans district councillor? Because I genuinely believe that while our country is in difficulty, it is time for those of with energy, skills and determination to step forward and offer our services. I believe in David Cameron’s Big Society; so where better place to start, than my […]

#Canvassingquestions – St Albans interviews – Simon Calder (London Colney)

As part of my new series of canvassing questions I thought it would be useful to shine a light on some of our St Albans District Conservative Candidates.  This post covers an interview with Simon Calder, the candidate for London Colney: Why do you want to be a St Albans district councillor?  I want to […]

The return of #canvassingquestions

The local and London Mayoral elections are upon us once again.  Which for anyone connected to a political party, means the next few weeks will be a great period for keeping fit.  Or to put it more more accurately – pounding the streets canvassing and delivering leaflets. More importantly, it’s a time where we are […]

Health & Wellbeing in Local Government – the importance of the 3 C’s

During the past year I’ve been working to establish a new Health & Wellbeing Partnership within St Albans District. My hope has been to create a stronger voice for residents at a local level. To bring the power of localism into the way we work to improve the health and wellbeing locally. And importantly to […]

10 reasons to Visit St Albans

I was recently asked to run a workshop for St Albans District Council on how to promote more tourism to the area.  Even though I have lived in St Albans for over 10 years, there were even some things I wasn’t aware of or simply taken for granted.  So whether you are a day-tripper, on […]

Thank you from your new Harpenden East District Councillor

For those that may not have already heard, I am very pleased to announce that on Friday 7th May 2010, I was elected as the St Albans District Councillor for Harpenden East. The position is a real honour and I am looking forward to working hard to represent our community. This includes delivering on promises […]

Peter Lilley out in Harpenden

After catching up with Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP on Thursday night at the Harpenden Hustings, Peter kindly came out to canvass with me in Batford on Saturday too. We had a great turnout from many of the local Conservatives team including councillors and supporters, and the weather was glorious, which always makes canvassing even […]

A bit of rapping fun

The daughter of one of our local Conservative Councillors, Cllr Richard Perry, has created this rap with her friend about the General Election. It’s all for a bit of fun and it’s great to see kids getting involved in the general election (plus it’s pretty good!). Enjoy…

Canvassing questions #5: The difference between District and County Councils

Another common question I get asked whilst canvassing is ‘what is the difference between the District Council and County Council?’.  Incredibly, this isn’t something that is easy to find online – so I have listed the main areas below for quick reference (with the help of Councillor Julian Daly from Harpenden West):

Canvassing questions #2: Looking after our seniors

As part of my series of ‘canvassing questions’ I am using this blog to provide answers to questions I’ve been asked on the doorstep. Whilst out canvassing yesterday the topic of conversation regularly turned to caring for our elderly…