During the referendum Brexit was repeatedly portrayed as a divorce. It wasn’t and isn’t for the rather obvious reason that as a country we were never actually married to the EU. One could of course argue that as the EU moved towards ‘ever closer union’, we could perhaps be described as being engaged. But in no sense could the UK be described as having entered into a marital union.
It’s been four days since I woke up, for the first time ever, in a Labour seat. In the (very) few hours since I fell asleep, Battersea had fallen to Labour candidate Marsha de Cova. Given Jane Ellison’s majority of nearly 8,000 - she was not thought to be in trouble. How wrong we were.
My greatest goal in politics is a strong economy. Without that, it becomes almost impossible to deliver any other political goal. We need sound public finances and a strong economy to fund the NHS, schools and all the public services we value. I believe that this issue is central to the choice facing voters at this election.
In his independent report Securing the ballot: review into electoral fraud, Sir Eric Pickles, the Government’s Anti-Corruption Champion, argues Britain’s historically trust-based voting system is no longer tenable when local populations are denser and transient. Identity document (ID) checks on individuals voting in person should be applied at polling stations to safeguard the integrity of the electoral system. The Government will introduce electoral integrity pilots at the local elections in May 2018.
Like many of you I was disappointed at how Scottish businesses engaged in the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014. Too shy, too timid and incredibly risk-averse were some of the accusations thrown at our businesses and for me, it’s hard to disagree.
Upcoming Events & Action Days
Join us at the CWF Christmas Party happening this year on Wednesday 20th December at 7pm!
We will be celebrating Christmas with a festive knees-up, CWF style, at the Ellwood Atfield Gallery.
For just £20 a head, come and join an evening full of Christmas merry-making with plenty of drinks and nibbles hear from special guests Syed Kamall MEP, Vice- President of CWF and our new Chairman James Cleverly MP.
Click on the link below to book your place by donating a minimum of £20 to CWF.
We very much hope to see you there!