Tuesday, 24 April 2018
If you’re interested in making a contribution to your local community, or simply hearing about the latest news on local political issues, come along to this event, hosted by the East Devon Alliance.
I will be speaking, as will my Independent Devon County Council colleague, Martin Shaw, who I work with on a range of issues, but mostly the NHS.
See link below for details…
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
I’ve been following this story closely and have been completely appalled at by the never-ending revelations of the awful suffering experienced by people who have lived here completely legitimately for almost all their lives.
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
A recommendation will be put before Devon County Council Chairs of Scrutiny Committees on relaxing the rules around asking questions of members of the public, following today’s Procedures Committee meeting.
I proposed that there should be flexibility in the rules relating to public speaking in allowing questions from councillors on the committee.
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Devon County Council’s Procedures Committee will consider my proposal to relax public speaking rules at committee meetings, at tomorrow morning’s meeting.
I asked for the agenda item, following the January Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting, where I was prevented from asking a question of Dr Mike Slot, Sidmouth GP, who had addressed the meeting about his concern that care at home may not be working as effectively as it should.
Saturday, 14 April 2018
There are 15 members of the UN Security Council, but a splinter group of three decided to break away from convention, common sense and possibly international law, to launch a military attack on Syria’s chemical weapons factories.
Even more recklessly, the US and UK took this action (and possibly France too) without the backing of congress and parliament and in just a few days after the chemical attacks were reported to have taken place.
Friday, 13 April 2018
The use of chemical weapons is appalling ... but how can our Prime Minister POSSIBLY justify taking military action alongside the reckless US (and France), with only the backing of her Conservative cabinet?
So we’re not going to get a UN Security Council resolution because Russia holds a veto… BUT….
... In a parliamentary democracy the decision to go to war with another country is a deadly serious issue. Even more so when it concerns getting involved in one of the most dangerous, complex and febrile conflicts in modern times.
Her decision not to recall parliament for a democratic vote is a sickening indictment of the autocracy that appears to be running our country right now.
A minority Conservative government propped up by the DUP does NOT have the moral right to take this massively significant decision.
Mrs May might also like to reflect on the UK’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia which has resulted in widespread deaths of innocent adults and children in Yemen…
Parliament MUST be recalled for an urgent debate.