Posted Tuesday, 29 January 2013 at 17:33
I have just voted for the Boundary Commission’s proposals to reduce the number of MPs in Parliament and lower the cost of politics. It is no secret that this would have had an unfortunate implication for me personally but I voted for the proposals anyway.
I did this because I agree with the principle of equal sized constituencies where each vote is worth the same. I did this because I made a commitment when I stood on the Conservative Manifesto prior to the election in 2010.
What I didn’t do was turn my back on a commitment I had made when it became tough personally. I didn’t break my promise with the electorate or tear up agreements made when the Coalition was formed in 2010. That behaviour was left to the shameless Lib Dems.
They would have lost 6/7 seats if the Boundary Review had been passed. It looks like those could soon be all they have left. They saved their own skins for now, but bring on 2015.
Yesterday's Sky Paper Review
Posted Monday, 28 January 2013 at 09:39
My thoughts for ConHome on today's big Europe speech
Posted Wednesday, 23 January 2013 at 13:02
Wixams Landfill - Meeting with FCC
Posted Tuesday, 22 January 2013 at 17:31
Yesterday I met with representatives from FCC, the company that has applied for permission to build a new waste-management facility near Wixams in my constituency. I then instructed my office to send out this press release:
"Nadine Dorries, Member of Parliament for Mid-Bedfordshire, today held a meeting in her Westminster office with FCC Environment (UK), the company responsible for the application to run a waste management facility near Elstow in Bedfordshire.
The next step of the application will be a roundtable meeting on 11th February when Nadine and local residents will be able to put their questions to the management of FCC and senior members of Central Bedfordshire Council.
Nadine was interested to hear that the landfill site at Brogborough was taking approximately 2 million tons of waste a year during the 1980s, while the Elstow site will only take a maximum of 40,000 tons a year.
Nadine said, “While I was pleased to hear that this proposal is for a small-scale waste management facility, I remain concerned about the proximity of the site to people’s houses and the potential effects on the future of the Wixams development. The voices of local people must be heard in planning the future of their communities.”
Posted Monday, 21 January 2013 at 21:42
Today I chaired my first ever Public Bill Committee, although, to be more accurate, the programme motion meeting which decides how many sittings the Bill will take. The Crime and Courts Bill will sit for sixteen sessions and my dulcet tones will be heard on the committee corridor shouting order, order, every Tuesday and Thursday.
I expect nothing contentious whatsoever to happen during the passing of the committee stage of this Bill.
Famous last words....