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Paul Maynard
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Budget Blues for Britain

Well there we are. Gordon's last budget. Well there we are. Gordon's last budget. A 2 pence cut in the standard rate of income tax ... ... paid for by abolishing the 10p rate and pushing up NICs for higher earners. So we all suffer somehow - hitting Blackpool and Cleveleys especially hard, since incomes in these parts tend to be below the national average. The Government even admits the tax burden will continue to rise as a result of the changes. Not much of a tax cut then! Given all the spin, also, about how Grumpy Gordon will priori

Budget Blues for Britain
 

Uniform Injustice

I see an interesting news story today about school uniforms. Collegiate High School have apparently introduced a new ‘summer’ polo shirt with a ‘football’ style neckline and toggle waist. I see an interesting news story today about school uniforms. Collegiate High School have apparently introduced a new ‘summer’ polo shirt with a ‘football’ style neckline and toggle waist. This will apparently make life easier for students tired of being told to tuck their shirt in … The uniforms modelled look like what most children wear on a Saturday morning walking round the shops. Now I find this very disappointing as I am a strong believer in a school uniform where pupils look sma

Uniform Injustice
 

Trams Teetering on the Brink

I have just had a real treat and been given a tour of Blackpool's tramsheds on Rigby Road, looking at the antique trams - some as many as 100 years old. I was accompanied by our Shadow Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. I have just had a real treat and been given a tour of Blackpool's tramsheds on Rigby Road, looking at the antique trams - some as many as 100 years old. I was accompanied by our Shadow Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. We heard all about how the trams are teetering on the brink of collapse thanks to Labour's dithering over signing off on application bids. Too many different pots of money in Whitehall, too little co-ordination in Government over bidding for it, for a network which is fundamenta

Trams Teetering on the Brink
 

Casino Bid a 'Blinkered' Approach

There was an incendiary report from a House of Commons Committee this week. They really had a go at the Government, saying that the 'Government has no specific policy or initiatives for coastal towns' and that there was no real commitment to the tourist industry from the Government - and anyone who knows anything about Blackpool knows how true that is! Labour has turned its back on Blackpool - I may say it a lot, but it doesn't make it any the less true. There was an incendiary report from a House of Commons Committee this week. They really had a go at the Government, saying that the 'Government has no specific policy or initiatives for coastal towns' and that there was no real commitment to the tourist industry from the Government - and anyone who knows anything about Blackpool knows how true that is! Labour has turned its back on Blackpool - I may say it a lot, but it doesn't make it any the less true. What was also really interesting was the

Casino Bid a 'Blinkered' Approach
 

Fair Trade for Ghana

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Ghana's independence - an example of an African nation very firmly on the up. Why though do I bring it up in a blog which is supposed to be about goings-on in Blackpool North & Cleveleys? Well, not only is this a special time for the people of Ghana, but we are also just coming to the end of Fair Trade Fortnight. Today is the 50th Anniversary of Ghana's independence - an example of an African nation very firmly on the up. Why though do I bring it up in a blog which is supposed to be about goings-on in Blackpool North & Cleveleys? Well, not only is this a special time for the people of Ghana, but we are also just coming to the end of Fair Trade Fortnight. The first fully 'fair trade' town in Britain, Garstang, is only just down the road and I know there have been a number of events to mark Fair Trade

Fair Trade for Ghana
 

Conference Blow

It is very, very disappointing to hear that we won't be coming back to Blackpool after this October for our Party Conference - at least for the forseeable future. It is understandable that with more cities now able to host major conferences, the Party has decided to ring the changes a little - but it is still a blow for Blackpool, doubly so given that the Conference will be going next to our old casino rival Manchester. It is very, very disappointing to hear that we won't be coming back to Blackpool after this October for our Party Conference - at least for the forseeable future. It is understandable that with more cities now able to host major conferences, the Party has decided to ring the changes a little - but it is still a blow for Blackpool, doubly so given that the Conference will be going next to our old casino rival Manchester. But we have to realise that this is yet another wake-up call. If Blackpool

Conference Blow
 

Right to Tenure Threatened

Tomorrow, Blackpool Council is meeting to agree rent rises for council house tenants, but it is worth remining Blackpool tenants that government minister Ruth Kelly earlier this week signalled an end to the right to a ‘tenancy for life’ for tenants that has hitherto held true. This brings added uncertainty to the lives of very many people who need security of tenure. Tomorrow, Blackpool Council is meeting to agree rent rises for council house tenants, but it is worth remining Blackpool tenants that government minister Ruth Kelly earlier this week signalled an end to the right to a ‘tenancy for life’ for tenants that has hitherto held true. This brings added uncertainty to the lives of very many people who need security of tenure. At the same time, the Government has been reducing the Right to Buy scheme’s maximum discount, and only 5 houses have been

Right to Tenure Threatened
 

Time to stop the Winter Gardens subsidy?

£1m a year. That's how much the Council pays Leisure Parcs to keep the Winter Gardens open. £1m a year. That's how much the Council pays Leisure Parcs to keep the Winter Gardens open. But is it right that the Labour Council should enter a new long-term deal so soon before local elections - the outcome of which will probably see Labour lose control of the Council? Projects such as Storm City may finally deliver a new conference venue (now the casino has gone by the board) and we have to know where we are going and what we are doing in the medium- to long-term. This is the people's mon

Time to stop the Winter Gardens subsidy?
 

Bad Luck

Bad luck to the Seasiders and all those hoping for a trip down to Stamford Bridge on Saturday. They say the FA Cup has lost its romance, but the prospect of a match against Chelsea was certainly something worth dreaming about. Bad luck to the Seasiders and all those hoping for a trip down to Stamford Bridge on Saturday. They say the FA Cup has lost its romance, but the prospect of a match against Chelsea was certainly something worth dreaming about. Well, now there's the old cliche that at least we can concentrate on the league.

Bad Luck
 

Cinderella Service, Mixed Ward Nightmare

The reports in today's Blackpool Gazette about mental healthcare provision on the Fylde depress me profoundly. I've spent years arguing for improved mental healthcare in this country - it really is one of the most neglected parts of our neglected NHS. The reports in today's Blackpool Gazette about mental healthcare provision on the Fylde depress me profoundly. I've spent years arguing for improved mental healthcare in this country - it really is one of the most neglected parts of our neglected NHS. It's a disgrace, especially when you think that one in five of us is likely to experience some form of mental ill-health at some point in our lives. It is not something which should be stigmatised or sidelined as somehow 'unfashionable'. The conseq

Cinderella Service, Mixed Ward Nightmare
 
 
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