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Flooding

In East Riding on October 25, 2007 at 2:02 pm

The flooding in the East Riding of Yorkshire in June was worse than previously estimated. Read the full story here.
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The East Riding turns blue

In Conservatives, East Riding, elections, Hull on May 4, 2007 at 12:54 pm

It is nearly 2.00pm and I just got up around half an hour ago. Nearly 24 active hours in politics takes its toll and my whole body was crying for a rest.

As I was just a paper candidate in the KingsPark ward of Hull City Council, I didn’t go to my count, instead concentrating on the East Riding where I knew we could make gains. I managed to get the princely sum of 150 votes. Although that is not very many, I am pleased to say I nearly tripled the Conservative vote from four years ago. You can see what such a low base I am working from, so at least I have a start. The KingsPark ward should be natural Tory territory, however when the new housing estates were being built a few years ago the LibDems rushed in and hijacked the place. The electorate are now fooled in to thinking their LibDem councillors are are a hive of activity and are doing wonderful things for them. Well this next year I have a plan, which naturally I am not going to reveal, however there will be quite a few of us working on it.

Back to the East Riding. There was an electric feeling to the count. The Dale ward which always has had our councillor Rita Hudson topping the poll with two LibDems following, became completely blue. Willerby and Kirk Ella had three LibDem councillors who all lost. Snaith, Airmyn and Rawcliffe had two Labour councillors, who both lost their seats to Conservatives. I know of many gains elsewhere and the net result is the Tories sweeping to power in County Hall. In one night both the Liberal and Labour leaders lost their seats and by some considerable margin.

You simply couldn’t take the smile off any of our faces last night and it was a smile and not a smirk. Andrew Percy led a strong campaign to get our victories in Willerby and Kirk Ella, and we worked the ward more strongly than ever. We deserve our success. I am still waiting for all of the figures for the East Riding and I will be interested to see exactly what the percentage turnout was.

On a sadder note, I was disappointed Helen Green was not elected in Cottingham South. She run a fantastic campaign, and no-one could have worked harder than her to get elected. If she had been elected, it would have been the icing on the cake.

I am now looking forward to a rest. I don’t want to see another driveway or letterbox for quite some time, although I think after a few days I will miss it.

UPDATE: I have just seen the whole results for the East Riding. At total of 18 Conservative gains, to put us on 47 seats, LibDems 12, Labour 3, Independent 4, Social Democratic Party 1.
A Conservative majority of 27. Click here for the full results.

Election Day is here.

In East Riding, elections on May 2, 2007 at 11:40 pm

Well, the polls open in just over six hours and it is up to the Great British Public to decide. We have done everything we can to get our opinions across. Polling day is a very strange day. You can do things – yes. I will be telling at a polling station tomorrow morning for an hour and I will inputting data in to a computer. I will be knocking on doors and telephoning voters, doing my bit to get the vote out, but there really is very little I can do to shape the way people are going to vote.

The fun is going to start at 10.00pm when the count starts. I think we are going to be in for a long night. The votes in East Yorkshire are going to be close and I think the word ‘recount’ is something I am going to hear time and time again. I am going to record a video diary and hopefully post some highlights and inform everyone what goes on. It may take me a while to get all of this done, as exhaustion is setting in at the moment, but it will get done.

Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages of good luck. I do appreciate them. It keeps me going!

Local elections – May 3 2007

In Andy Percy, Conservatives, East Riding, elections, Martine Martin on March 27, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Five weeks on Thursday – May 3 – is the date of the local elections. Now that we have ‘sprung forward’ with our clocks, things are starting to get busier. Last night I was out canvassing and got some positive responses from the doorstep. Most people, however, have not really thought about the election. That is completely understandable. When the daylight ebbs away at an early point in the evening, you do not think of the lighter nights in May. This is changing now.

We were canvassing in the Cottingham South ward last night. Cottingham South – in the East Riding of Yorkshire – currently has two Lib-Dem councillors and there is a good chance the ward can become ‘blue’ this May. Click HERE for a full list of results from the last election. You will see how close it was in Cottingham South. Of course it requires a lot of work, but any Tory activist worth their salt will work to get rid of two Lib-Dems! Helen Green – one of our candidates – fed us last night too. It was an enjoyable evening, eating a home made lasagna. It is so nice to be waited on every now and again. Andy Percy – councillor on Hull City Council and candidate for Brigg and Goole – joined us too. He joined us after we had canvassed, as he was hard at work printing leaflets for the campaign, but he did say the offer of some food was too much to pass by!

If we can win this ward and Willerby and Kirk Ella, we stand a good chance of gaining control of the East Riding Council. I’m sure you can see where my efforts will be focused over the next five weeks. I will – given time – keep you all updated on what is happening. I hope to give you a video diary too, if I can get my head around the technology. This is where Martine Martin comes in.

I will let you all in to a little secret. Martine said to me a few months ago; if I teach her how to cook, she will teach me all these technical, computer things. Well Martine, you’re on! I think I am going to need your help.

I would like to keep a video diary though, and when we get all our new Conservative councillors, I will give them a copy of the last five weeks of the campaign. It will be a great memento – I hope. That all depends on my video editing skills. As you can see I will be kept very busy.

I have said this before and I will say it again. If anyone out there in Hull and East Yorkshire would like to get involved, PLEASE contact me. The more, the merrier. We can always do with more help.

Life on the Edge

In coastal erosion, East Riding, labour on December 19, 2006 at 9:04 pm

No, I’m not talking about John Prescott’s personal life. This story in the Hull Daily Mail, is about property owners who are about to lose their homes through coastal erosion.

The government has a non-intervention policy when it comes to coastal erosion and therefore the council is not allowed to intervene. So, if you are someone whose home is about to fall in to the sea and of course lose your money in that property, what will the government do for you? Make you pay for its demolition! Yes that’s right, the government who will not allow councils to intervene and try to halt the erosion will make you pay to demolish your own home. And on top of that will not give you a penny in compensation. In East Yorkshire only a few properties are at risk during the next five years, so it hardly going to cost the Treasury a fortune.

This government’s answer to all problems is throw money at it. And if that doesn’t work, throw even more money at it, yet it cannot help people who are about to lose their homes in this way. Call me cynical, but if this was happening in Labour constituencies, do you think there may be a different response?

Drugs

In drugs, East Riding, Hull on December 18, 2006 at 7:48 pm

PraugeTory posted yesterday about the Ipswich murders and you will see a couple of comments from me there too. Read it here.

I was reading the Hull Daily Mail today and on the front page was the excellent news that the police have seized two dairies containing the names and contact details of dozens of suspected drug dealers and users in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. Read it here.

Drug users need help; it is the drug dealers we have to drive off the streets. So good to see inroads in my part of the world.