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What the by-election result told us

24 October 2013

IT HAS often been said that if you vote UKIP you get Labour. The truth of that statement is quite evident in the result of the Stifford Clays by-election last week.

Had Labour failed to hold the seat, they would have lost control of the council, so there was all to play for on all sides. In the event Labour held on, much to the disappointment of UKIP who really thought they would sneak it but found themselves in third position.

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I support superport over Unite stance

10 October 2013

I RECENTLY visited the new London Gateway superport to meet with the elected members of its employee forum.

This will be the focus for discussions between management and employees and reflects a “we are all in this together” approach which is to be commended.

This is not to say employees should not also join a trade union. They can give all kinds of legal protections for a small fee.

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My strong voice is getting results

25 September 2013

AFTER the recent security alert which saw the closure of the Dartford crossing, anyone who says there is no need for further crossings is either living in cloud cuckoo land or never has to drive around Thurrock.

For the sake of the road network, simply saying lets wait and see what happens when the toll barriers are removed next October isn’t going to cut it.

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My strong voice is getting results

25 September 2013

AFTER the recent security alert which saw the closure of the Dartford crossing, anyone who says there is no need for further crossings is either living in cloud cuckoo land or never has to drive around Thurrock.

For the sake of the road network, simply saying lets wait and see what happens when the toll barriers are removed next October isn’t going to cut it.

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Too little has been done too late

11 September 2013

APPARENTLY this week is Maritime London week. Yes news to me too, which is surprising given the Port of London has moved east to Thurrock!

What a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate our port industries. What a depressing failure of civic leadership that these opportunities are not grasped.

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The cost of renewable energy

29 August 2013

PROTECTING our planet is very important, but the focus on climate change must be done in a way that is economically sustainable. I do not believe we currently have the balance right here in the UK.

The dash to renewable energy is costing jobs and will cost us all in higher prices.

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Don't leave politics to others

15 August 2013

I HAVE just returned from my holidays. This year I visited Romania. Bucharest is a fascinating place to visit.

In 1989, when the Iron Curtain fell and communism was defeated, it was Romania which was the scene of the most brutal revolution. It culminated in the execution of the dictator Nicolas Ceausescu and his wife, Elena.

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Bins failings are not acceptable

31 July 2013

FOR many residents, the only service they feel they get from the council for paying their council tax is getting their bins emptied once a week. When that goes wrong, they feel justifiably aggrieved and expect someone to be held to account.

People elect councillors to ensure the local authority machine delivers the services residents have the right to expect. The introduction of cabinets into local councils has undermined this accountability.

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Our welfare changes are fair

3 July 2013

THE Government continues to fix the welfare system so it’s fair both for the people who need its support and the hard-working people who pay for it.

Last week the Chancellor announced that benefit claimants will have to take language lessons if they don’t speak English – or have their benefits cut.

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Initiative pays, not relying on help

19 June 2013

LAST week my father reached the age of 65 and can now look forward to retirement.

As someone who has spent his whole working life as a bricklayer and labourer, the last few years have not been easy for him.

He has been in and out of work – there being no shortage of construction projects in Sheffield, but a preference on the part of employers to give the work to Eastern European gangs. But he didn’t give up.

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