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Education in Hull

In Hull on January 10, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Hull’s schools are the second worst in the country. It’s an improvement of one place. Before anyone jumps to conclusions and starts blaming teachers and politicians, I can assure you they are not at the root of the problem. I have been collating some thoughts together about the problems facing Hull, and when I get the time over the next few days, I will write them all down and publish them here. It’s a good place to live – don’t believe the television, however the people of Hull – friendly as they are – do not help themselves. More later.

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Hull East

In Hull, Prescott on January 8, 2008 at 7:52 pm

It seems that the front-runner to replace John Prescott as Hull East MP is no other than Christopher Leslie – lately the MP for Shipley.

He apparently has the unions behind him. Until recently it was rumoured Prescott Jnr was going to inherit his father’s crown.

So, democracy is still alive and well in Labour. Nepotism or the Unions. Take your pick.

LibDem Resigns from Hull City Council Cabinet

In Hull, LibDems on January 8, 2008 at 7:16 pm

At least one of my previous predictions may be coming true. I remember in the early 90s, the LibDems sweeping to power in Wear Valley. Within an short space of time they were fighting and four years later Labour was back in again.

Today Carl Minns – Leader of Hull City Council – is playing down rifts after Andy Sloan suddenly resigned from the cabinet; to spend more time on his PhD course. It makes a change from spending more time with your family!

The LibDems are not a party of government. In all my experiences of them, they have shot themselves in the foot and when one jumps ship, many usually follow.

Link: Hull Daily Mail

Spotlight on Hull

In Hull on October 17, 2007 at 2:27 pm

This week Hull was announced as the second worse place to live in Britain. Apparently only Middlesbrough is worse. There is a good article in the Hull Daily Mail today that puts forward the case for the city. Over the past few years a lot of regeneration has gone on and the place is looking much better than it has done. It is not that bad a place to live. Read all about it here.

Farewell Two Jags

In Hull, labour, Prescott on May 12, 2007 at 6:27 pm

A pollster stops you in the street and asks, “Who, in the past ten years, has done more for this country: The Queen or John Prescott?” I think I know your reply. If anyone can think of a single achievement of good old ‘two jags’ then please tell me. And the shame if it all is that he costs more than Her Majesty.

Click here and you can watch him outside the East Hull Labour HQ on Holderness Road. Notice how he never mentions anything he has done. Well if you can’t think of anything John, I can’t be bothered to do the research.

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.

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.