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Nadine Dorries
The morning after...
Posted Saturday, 5 May 2007 at 11:21

I have decided not to blog at weekends, however, today is different.

If you are outside of my constituency you may want to stop now as this is going to be a local blog.

 

It was a long night in Luton ‘doing media’, and then a long day at Chicksands. I began to shake with tiredness, and then realised the dogs hadn’t been fed for 24hrs so left the count at three - ish.

 

It was nice to chat to Mark who stood against me at the last General Election. Having spent many years trying to be an MP myself I can feel his impatience. If he keeps on he will get there one day, just not in Mid Beds Mark!!

 

The results were;

 

Before   37 Conservatives, 12 Liberal Democrats,  4 independent.

 

Now,…  38 Conservative,  11 Liberal Democrats,  3 Independent,  1 green.

 

I will personally send my very best wishes to all newly elected candidates.

 

I am very much of the opinion that an election is war, however, once over, everyone should be working together to improve both the environment and the community within which we live and you can only really do that effectively by working together as a team and leaving party politics behind.

 

All candidates fought a fantastic campaign, and I don’t mean just the Conservative ones. I spent a great deal of time on the doorstep. The issues were, in descending order – rubbish collection – rubbish collection – rubbish collection – rubbish collection – immigration – pensions – inheritance tax.

 

One person mentioned NIRAH, and by the way, the Chairman Peter May resigned yesterday. Not a single person mentioned Centre Parks or any new proposed housing development.

 

Congratulations to all the candidates of whatever colour, I hope you give it your all. There is one thing I have learnt since becoming an MP, hard work brings results and duty in service  brings its own unquantifiable rewards.

 

So, back to work for everyone, fun and games over. I am off to Waitrose because there’s no food in the fridge and I am starving.

 
 
 
Mike H said:
Responded: Saturday, 5 May 2007
No mention of Centre Parks, Nadine? What, not at all? That's a bit surprising. If you'd knocked on my door I would have mentioned (in no particular order) Centre Parks, Nirah, The Limes development, the Chicksands move (too late, I know), the county council element of our council tax and the performance of the county council, plus a few others. Weekly rubbish collection and the much-discussed summer maggot problem? Well to be honest they don't appear on my priority list at all, but each to their own...
 
 
Hendrik French said:
Responded: Saturday, 5 May 2007
No words of congratulations for the 2 Libdem and 1 Independent who rid Ampthill of it's sluggish Tory councillors ? Oh happy day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 
Nadine said:
Responded: Saturday, 5 May 2007
In fairness Hendrik, I have congratulated all councillors,and, as I have said, will write to them all individually. As I said, once elected, party politics have to be left at the door as the councillor enters the chamber- for the good of the community. As you mention it though, the Liberal Democrats had a bed day in Mid Beds as their group leader lost his seat and they came out of the election minus 1. I think you should re examine the Liberal Democrats attitude to Chicksands and check the minutes of a particular meeting which may show that they have changed their position , now acknowledging that the new offices save the council £1.3million pounds per year. Mike H .. absolutley, not at all, not once. Maggots, yes, but I included that within the rubbish collection. If you know anything about me and my policies, I love maggot - not in a rubbish bin though!
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Saturday, 5 May 2007
Paul and Carol did really well, they will both get in next time. One thing the results have shown is that the Liberal Democrats have had their day in politics. The Conservative party has opened it's doors a little wider and all the Liberal luvvies ran in.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Saturday, 5 May 2007
Your right, where is Brown?
 
 
Jane said:
Responded: Saturday, 5 May 2007
I'm glad it's all over. Can we get back onto the more interesting blog s now. I need my daily fix please.
 
 
liver lad said:
Responded: Saturday, 5 May 2007
You need a rest girl, swithch your computer off and put your feet up, that's an order, from a fellow scouser.
 
 
politicalanimal said:
Responded: Saturday, 5 May 2007
I thought you were very gracious in your post today Nadine. You could have rubbed it in that the Liberals lost their group leader neil Cliff but you didn't mention it. You were also very nice to Mark,I saw you chatting and laughing with him at the count. Grow up Hendrik and get yourself a life will you. There is nothing worse than someone who isn'y very clever trying to play at politics.
 
 
Arthurian Legend said:
Responded: Saturday, 5 May 2007
Dear Nadine, As a reader of your blog from the beginning, (albeit not from sunny Mid-Beds, but from slightly less sunny Islington) I should be grateful if you could briefly outline your response to the issue of the fortnightly collections. I ask this partly on behalf of those not living locally to you but who are nonetheless interested in your views. Could you comment for two seconds in this regard on the matter I have discussed today here:- http://swordinthelake.blogspot.com/2007/05/rubbish-local-elections.html Many thanks.
 
 
Distraught New Admirer said:
Responded: Saturday, 5 May 2007
I am quite happy with the fortnightly refuse collections and have had no problems with it. At least in MidBeds we do not get a multitude of containers for the various wastes, as I know happens in other counties. Maggotts cleared up all the foot ulcers on elderly diabetic patients within a month and helped prevent the patients contracting MRSA according to a report from Manchester University Hospital. Not happy with Nadine for giving up blogging but I suppose all good things must come to an end.
 
 
Katie said:
Responded: Saturday, 5 May 2007
Why don't you get a Mrs.Thursday, charlady, lady who does, whatever they're called these days.Your going to run yourself into the ground. Do what your brilliant at ( mum, politician,etc), and let someone else take care of your household chores,dog walking, etc. Or maybe I should mind my own business.
 
 
Mike H said:
Responded: Saturday, 5 May 2007
Like Distraught New Admirer, I'm happy with the fortnightly collections and didn't even suffer a slightly smelly bin in the summer, let alone maggots. Having said that, there are only two of us in the house, we don't have much food waste and anything of a veggie nature gets composted. Anything that might get a bit smelly is double-bagged before being put in the bin or stored in the bottom shelf of the freezer until bin collection day. How do you like your maggots, Nadine ;-)
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Sunday, 6 May 2007
I have lived in Mid Beds for 22 years this year and I just wanted to say that I don't even know who our MP was before you. Did we have one?
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Sunday, 6 May 2007
We have had to endure cutbacks in our council services, policing, health service and the BBC,but now the cruelest cut of all - no more weekend blogging by Nadine.If you could see the look of joy on my husband's face as he reads your words of wisdom and then creates his comment for you to post.He says it's akin to receiving a letter from a friend. I will now have to look forward to gloomy weekends, Easter was bad enough. Do you not realise that this will be happening in thousands of homes across the Country, if not the world?
 
 
Katie said:
Responded: Sunday, 6 May 2007
Yet another computer failing connected with the Labour Party. The computer outfit behind the Scottish voting fiasco has Kinnock as a non-exect Director. We need more blogging from you Nadine not less. You can never have too much commonsense spoken. In fact there is a such a famine of it in Westminster that you really should reconsider....Please.please..please...please....please
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Sunday, 6 May 2007
Did you realise that more than 3.8 million of us use our computers for personal use (as appossed to work related)at the weekend than at any other time. What an audience you'd be missing out on.
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Sunday, 6 May 2007
Tell you what Nadine, you do your weekend blog, we'll do your shopping.If we start next weekend it'll just be in time to order that cake. That way you don't disappoint the masses, and you get to eat.
 
 
John said:
Responded: Sunday, 6 May 2007
Dave,I'll get the candles- if you tell me how many required?
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Sunday, 6 May 2007
Not falling for that one John, I 'm in the lady's bad books about this already. For a lady who stays out most of the night, clambers over high fences, bruising her ace in the act, I just cannot believe she really is a lady 'of a certain age'. I bet when she goes in a pub they ask for ID. Probably better to work out how many candles would fit on an average cake.
 
 
Stuart Fairney said:
Responded: Sunday, 6 May 2007
Kinnock behind a fiasco ~ I just can't find it in me to be even mildly surprised. He was one of the most incompetent people to come out of Parliamant in years ~ now that's saying something
 
 
James said:
Responded: Sunday, 6 May 2007
Reid told the Politics Show that he's resigning when Blair goes.Says he has done 9 jobs in 10 years. Just trying to think which job hasn't he done? Then it came to me: A GOOD ONE!
 
 
Nadine said:
Responded: Sunday, 6 May 2007
Good one James! Dave, stopit!Thanks katie,
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Monday, 7 May 2007
Nadine, NO! The only trouble with you is you're too bl**dy nice to be an MP, and I will continue to compliment you (even if some are slightly exagerated)because you deserve it.
 
 
Hendrik French said:
Responded: Tuesday, 8 May 2007
political animal: Still a bit sore after the election results ? No need to to be offensive though -just join in fun of a Tory- free Ampthill.
 
 
politicalanimal said:
Responded: Tuesday, 8 May 2007
I realise this may have passed you by Hendrik. MBDC has an overwhelming Conservative majority with 38 councillors, up from 37, having taken out the Lib Dem leader. Unfortunatley, the councillors elected for Ampthill will be able to do very little as we live in a democracy and all decisions affecting Ampthill will be taken by a vote. It appears to me that if the councillors elected by Ampthill try to play political games in meetings, Ampthill may find itself badly served as it is now the minority town. Ampthill would have been much better served with a Conservative councillor who could have exercised some influence over the majority group. It's not so much no Tory Ampthill now,as no voice Ampthill.As a resident of Ampthill, I may stand myself next time and push that point a little harder than the Conservative candidates did this time. I feel abandoned as I know Ampthill is now the political poor relation on MBDC and as such could be completley disregarded and will certinaly be on the bottom of the pile with regard to any handouts. The councillors wont though, given that all three will now be drawing their 10k tax free allowance .
 
 
Hendrik French said:
Responded: Tuesday, 8 May 2007
political animal, if your analysis is right that Ampthill would have been better off with a conservative councillor using his/her influence with the Tory majority in MBDC then I am deeply saddened by the state of democracy you paint. Machiavellian in the extreme. Gary/Mike/Mark (2 Libdem/1Independent) won because the majority of Ampthill believe that they will represent our interest in the most efficient way (just like they conducted themselves during their campaigns)and NOT primarily because of the colour of their rosettes. Good luck to you standing though. That takes guts. Bye the way, if you would win would you donate your '10k tax-free allowance' to a good cause ?????????????????????????????
 
 
politicalanimal. said:
Responded: Tuesday, 8 May 2007
I was a councillor in the last area I lived. The allowance was £5,400 and I gave every penny to a local charity. It was expected from all councillors to do similar. One stood for council as a point of principle, a desire to help your community. If I were still a councillor now, holding the planning portfolio as I did then, my allowance today would be almost £15,000, and I would still donate it all to charity. Increasing the allowances is a sad reflection on the fact that people no longer want to work for their community for the sake of it, but to increase their own financial balance. I am afraid that like it or not, Ampthill will be much the worse off for not having councillors in the majority group.we will become the poor relation of Mid Beds, maybe you can think of an alternative to democracy and first past the post. I have been trying since I was a student.As the elections in Scotland and Wales show us, it's not PR.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 8 May 2007
Coucillors allowances tax free? Not in my authority they are not! You may be confusing them with expenses, a completely different thing. The fact is that a Councillors job is now pretty well equal to a full time job. Councils have a simple choice. Pay a decent allowance or have a Council full of the retired and the unemployed
 
 
politicalanimal said:
Responded: Wednesday, 9 May 2007
That is a very interesting point, that the job is full time. I thought that those who have been elected all had full time jobs already? I am going to Chicksands today to order a food waste composter and will find out how many meetings the Lib Dem candidate who has just been re elected attended last year and from that work out how much he was paid to attend each meeting. Maybe democracy isn't such a bad thing eh? You only have to reads the papers to see what the MP s have been up to, but it's not so easy with councillors as there are so many of them.
 
 
 
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