Posted by: Stephen Connelly | October 27, 2012

Police & Crime Commissioner Elections

With less than one month to go before the election for Police & Crime Commissioner in Suffolk the campaign to get Labour candidate Jane Basham elected is reaching a climax.

Thursday saw Jane debating with her opponents twice in one day. Firstly at Copleston Sports College where she was quizzed by students and later at the St Nicholas Centre in Ipswich where she tackled questions from an invited audience from across the County. The event in Ipswich was organised by BBC Radio Suffolk and was chaired by Terry Baxter. Questions ranged from how the candidates intended to make themselves accountable to the people of Suffolk to why they were standing. There is little doubt that whoever finally gets elected will face financial challenges but there is similarly little question about which candidate is best placed to tackle them. Jane Basham’s fluent grasp of the issues and expert knowledge of practicalites of policing in Suffolk placed her in stark contrast to the other candidates. Tim Passmore (Conservative) sought to reassure the audience about his committment to maintaining frontline policing whilst agreeing it was likely there would be fewer uniformed officers if he were elected and some privatisation of aspects of the service.

One way or another the November 15th Election is going to see important changes to the management of crime in Suffolk, let us hope that the the electorate use their votes wisely to select the best candidate.

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Posted by: Stephen Connelly | September 25, 2012

Meetings this week

A crazy week of meetings this week, only Friday is a free evening. Plenty of important work to be done with important elections approaching and Conservative led coalition cuts beginning to bite. To ensure that the most vulnerable members of our community are protected from the worst excesses of Tory dogma will be a substantial challenge but we are determined to suceed.

Posted by: Stephen Connelly | September 25, 2012

NW Whitton Walkabout

The Councillor walkabout in Whitton postponed since the summer finally happened this evening. Lots of residents keen to talk about all sorts of interesting local issues that are of direct concern to them.

Looking forward to tomorrow’s Full Council Meeting, it promises to be very lively. A packed agenda and some potentially controversial items to resolve.

Posted by: Stephen Connelly | July 22, 2012

Another busy week

Greatly looking forward to the ‘Understanding Ramadan’ presentation at UCS tomorrow evening. Understanding Ramadan

Posted by: Stephen Connelly | July 14, 2012

NW Councillor Walk About

Another fine example of the July weather has scuppered out chances of getting out on the doorsteps of Whitton today.

Posted by: Stephen Connelly | July 13, 2012

NW Area Committee

We had a terrific NW Area Committee meeting at the Sikh Temple on Bramford Road. Cllr Albert Grant was in the chair and a good selection of local residents turned up to hear what was said. The issues ranged from parking around the Doctors Surgery in Castle Hill to the possibility of a 20’s Plenty zone over the whole of Whitton. With Suffolk County Council busily divesting itself of services all over the County traffic calming measures in Ipswich seem a remote possibility. Better news is much more likely as we stand to benefit from the Big Local Trust lottery funding earmarked for the NW. With £1m to spend over the next 10 years

Posted by: Stephen Connelly | July 13, 2012

Introduction

This isn’t my first effort to create a Blog but I’m looking forward to using this space to sound off on issues of current interest.  Apart from the ridiculous mess that the Coalition has got itself into over Olympic security the top news of the day is that Brett Lee is retiring from International Cricket.  A fantastic sportsman, a terrific competitor and a worthy adversary during that fabulous 2005 Ashes series.  I’m sure that Cricket Australia will be quick to snap him up as part of their coaching set-up.  If they aren’t he is always welcome here!

Posted by: Stephen Connelly | July 13, 2012

Hello world!

Welcome to my Blog where I might sound off about politics, cricket or simply publish the occasional snippet of nonsense.  You have been warned!

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