Tuesday, April 30, 2013

110,000 not out ...

This afternoon this blog passed the cumulative milestone of 110,000 pageviews since the traffic count started in 2008.

I hope all the people who visited in that time have found it interesting

Britain and Europe

When you ask people what they think is the most important issue facing Britain, very few will name our relations with the European union.

Although there are some people to whom the issue of Britain's role in Europe is very important indeed, it doesn't usually make it into the list of the top ten issues found by opinion pollsters to be of most concern to voters.

Conservatives have to be particularly careful not to sound obsessed by the European issue, because it can easily come over to voters as though we are neglecting the issues they care about - jobs, the economy, hospitals, schools, the cost of living - in favour of debates about Europe which sound abstract and irrelevant to the mother trying to put food on her children's table, the small businessman trying to keep his company afloat, the working man trying to keep his job, the doctor trying to help his patients, and all the other heroes who keep Britain going.

But here's the thing. What happens to Britain's relationship in Europe often strongly affects those issues - fuel prices, hospitals, jobs - which people do care about.

Here are three examples of how Britain's relations with the EU can affect things like fuel costs, jobs, and hospitals.


ENERGY COSTS

Recently the European Parliament voted on an incredibly difficult issue relating to the price of carbon. I doubt if one person in a hundred in Britain would think that sounds like something which has a significant affect on them. But those who don't are wrong.

A high price for carbon - which is what the EU Commission wanted to push for - would shove up fuel costs, affecting energy bills for homes and businesses and feeding through into the cost of living. Just what we don't need at the moment.

But a low price for carbon sends all sorts of wrong signals about the need to prevent pollution and, of particular relevance to Cumbria and the North West, reduces our chances of getting the new nuclear power plants which our country desperately needs to start building soon if we are to avoid major power cuts in the next decade without being dependent on Putin's Russia for gas.


JOBS

Britain is a trading nation and export a huge proportion of what we make. About half of those exports go to the EU - the other half to the rest of the world.

Which means that if we try to improve trade with the European Union in ways which damage our trade with the rest of the world - as linking our the pound too closely to the D-Mark once did, and scrapping the pound for the Euro would have been worse - we're in trouble. Equally, if we came out of the EU on the wrong terms and damaged our trade with the other countries of Europe, that would be catastrophic too.


HOSPITALS

The European union can affect our health service too. Originally the European Working Time Directive had an exemption for certain groups including hospital doctors. However there was a time limit on that exemption, and it has expired. Resulting in discussions with the EU about how this should be applied in Britain, and expressions of serious concern from senior doctors.

Because applying the EU Working Time directive too rigidly to the NHS would result in hospital closures.


So it's right that we have a debate on Europe. It's essential that we try to find allies to work to reform the EU, to maximise the benefits and minimise the costs, as long as we remain members. We would still have to work hard for a constructive relationship with the EU if we vote to leave it, because they account for so much of our trade.

And our negotiations with Europe, whether we are in or out, need to be guided by a ruthlessly hard-headed and pragmatic view of British interests, not by the idealists and fanatics at either end of the spectrum. Britain cannot afford to have starry-eyed pro-Europeans making key economic decisions on a political basis and putting a wish to be at the heart of Europe ahead of what actually works. But neither can we afford to allow our relations with our major traded partners to be wrecked by a visceral hatred of anything to do with Europe.

I was involved with the campaign to keep our currency from the word go - I was the Association Chairman in whose constituency William Hague launched the "Keep the Pound" campaign -and I believe that a positive approach to Britain's interests in Europe was right then and is right now. And that means support for a Europe of Nations as Mrs Thatcher proposed in her famous Bruges speech, and as William put it a few years later, explaining that our first choice was to be part of a reformed, democratic Europe, we want to be "In Europe, not run by Europe."


A REFERENDUM ON EUROPE

My parents' generation had a vote on whether Britain should be part of a European Economic Community - known then as the "Common Market"  - but the British people have never had a vote on whether we want to be in the European Union as it exists today. I believe it would be a healthy thing to have a referendum on this issue.

The Conservatives are the only major party which has promised such a vote if we win the next general election. The Conservatives are also the only major party which can deliver such a referendum and can be be trusted to keep the promise to do so.  We have a record of keeping promises like that, while Labour and the Lib/Dems have a record of breaking them.

At the 2005 election all Britain's major parties promised a referendum on what was then called the "European Constitution" and eventually became known as the "Lisbon treaty." The Conservatives kept that promise and voted for a referendum. The Liberal Democrat leadership whipped their MPs to abstain. Labour ordered their MPs to break their election promise, forced the treaty through without a referendum. Gordon Brown then disgusted supporters and opponents of the treaty alike by turning up to sign it on his own after the other leaders had gone, in the hope that nobody would notice.

I believe that a reformed, more democratic Europe would be good for both Britain and for other countries in Europe - good for jobs, good for the environment. But better democracy must begin at home, and that means letting the British People decide.

Quote of the Day

"Even if you are in a minority of one, the truth is the truth"

Mahatma Ghandi

Monday, April 29, 2013

Ed Miliband's car crash interview

Heard an unbelievably bad interview given by Ed Miliband on BBC Radio 4 this lunchtime - both I and a colleague thought it was a complete car crash.

He got off to a bad start by claiming that local Labour councils had helped people with expensive heating bills.

Hmm. Guess which recent Secretary of State for Energy has a lot to do with the system of fuel pricing which resulted in those expensive heating bills?

You've guessed it: one Ed Miliband.

Then he refused no fewer than ten times to admit that his policies would mean increased borrowing in the short term or explain how Labour would fund them. He called for a one year cut in the VAT rate. It was pointed out that this would cost £12 billion. He was asked how he would fund this and refused to answer. He was asked if this would increase borrowing in the short term and refused to answer, saying that it would lead to growth and cut borrowing in the medium term.

At one point he accused the interviewer, Martha Kearney, of not understanding his policy: I thought she understood perfectly, but even had he been right it would be his fault for not explaining it properly.

Not a good performance.

UPDATE

Miliband admitted to Channel Four the following day that this had been "not such a good interview" and readily proffered the admission he had repeatedly refused to give Martha Kearney, that

"a big VAT cut to stimulate the economy would mean borrowing more in the short term."

Quote of the Day - Whiteside's law of Real Terms

When an inflation adjustment is made to describe the impact of a change in people's circumstances "In real terms" the impact will always be perceived as follows.

If a change is supposed to be bad news "in real terms" such as a rise in the cost of living, it will seem all too real.

If a change is supposed to be good news "in real terms" such as an increase in real income, the improvement will appear to be wholly imaginary.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Swimathon 2013 result

Lots of smiles today in the Whiteside household, though I admit that both my son and myself are a little on the tired side this afternoon after completing our respective swimming challenges!

John completed his Swimathon 2013 challenge of 1000 metres - 40 lengths - in 50 minutes and we are very proud of him

I finished my 5,000 metres - 200 lengths - in one hour and fifty-five minutes. Which, as I have now completed this challenge in twenty consecutive years, that I have done a hundred kilometers in individual Swimathon charity events.

Another huge thank-you to all those who have already sponsored myself, my son, or both, for Swimathon 2013 in which we are raising money for Marie Curie cancer care. Between us we have so far raised well over £200 for cancer care.

Sponsorship has not yet closed: anyone who has not already sponsored us and would like to do so can support Marie Curie Cancer care by sponsoring either of us at the respective pages below.

My fundraising page:

Chris Whiteside's sponsorship page for Swimathon 2013

My son's fundraising page:

John Whiteside's sponsorship page for Swimathon 2013

Swimathon - the big day arrives

The big day for Swimathon 2013 in Whitehaven has now arrived and at the time this post is scheduled to appear  my son John and myself will be taking part at Copeland pool in Hensingham.


Another huge thank-you to all those who have already sponsored myself, my son, or both, for Swimathon 2013 in which we are raising money for Marie Curie cancer care.

As I have mentioned on earlier posts, this is a big event for me in two ways: the twentieth consecutive year I have taken part myself, which means I will have swum a hundred kilometers for charity in successive Swimathons if I finish the course, and the first year my son John is taking part.

Wish us both luck!

Quote of the Day

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said:
"If you don't work you die."


Rudyard Kipling, from "The Gods of the Copybook headings"

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Election questions - a virtual doorstep

In relation to the county council elections, in which I am standing for the "Egremont North & St Bees" division which includes St Bees, Moor Row, Bigrigg, and a chunk of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, Jim posted four questions yesterday, which I promised to answer today, and I've had a few on the doorstep. So here is a "Virtual Doorstep" with my answers to these questions.


1. The closure of the public toilets in the area, would you cut other spending in order for them to be re opened or not?

This is a Copeland Borough Council responsibility rather than a Cumbria County council one, so I am not in a position to promise that if elected to Cumbria County council I would reverse or vote against the decision of the Labour majority on Copeland to close the toilets.

However, I do consider that this is a great deal more important than some of the things which Labour in Copeland is spending money and this would be third on my list (after Parking and Bin collection in that order) which I would like to see reversed, funded by the efficiency savings which Copeland refuses to consider. It says something about the different quality of administration of different councils in Cumbria, all of which are coping with the same different financial situatoion, that Eden can keep public toilets open in a small village like Threlkeld while Copeland can't in a town the size of Whitehaven.


2. The condition of the roads here in Copeland, (meadow road looks a lot like the dark side of the moon at the moment. Would you use more of our money to fix them?

This one is a Cumbria County Council responsibility and the condition of the roads needs to be improved. I would look to improve the standard of road maintenance by doing it in a more cost-effective way e.g. getting it right first time:  fix roads properly with one visit rather than putting in a series of temporary repairs which have to be done again after a few weeks, costing more in the long run. I'd like to see a higher proportion of the budget spent on maintaining our existing infrastrucure properly rather than putting in new schemes which we don't have the money to maintain.


3. Bin collections, would you aim to cut other spending in order to fund weekly bin collection?

Another Copeland one, but I would certainly support weekly bin collection, and what's more it would not cost local taxpayers much because central government offered to pay most of the tab for councils which go back to weekly collection. Sadly Copeland Council has a "not invented here" syndrome with almost everything the government proposes and turned it down.

4. Parking charges in Whitehaven, would you aim to help the town regenerate by reducing or better still eliminating parking charges?

Absolutely yes. Again, parking is mainly the reponsibility of Copeland Borough Council but in 2011 when I was a Copeland councillor I voted to amend the budget by reducing the Special Responsibilty Allowances paid to councillors and using the money to cut Car Parking charges, including a period of free parking. So although I can't promise to deliver this if elected to Cumbria County Council, it is on the record that I voted for it when I was on Copeland Borough Council.


What is your attitude to the Reponsitory proposals?

We already have hundreds of tons of nuclear by-products right here in West Cumbria and we need to work with the nuclear industry, all levels of government, and local communities to find a safe, appropriate long-term solution.

I supported the MRWS process as a means to establish the facts around where and when a suitable repository might be built. Any such proposal would have to be geologically sound and have majority support in the local community, proven through a district-wide referendum.

Faster broadband arrives in Cumbrian towns

In the interests of transparency let me declare an interest: I work for BT but am not personally involved in the plans to rollout Broadband service in Cumbria. All the information in this post is already in the public domain.

The "Connecting Cumbria" initiative is still awaiting EU approval, but meanwhile faster broadband continues to roll out in a series of Cumbrian towns.

More than 19,000 homes and businesses in Barrow-in-Furness and over 11,000 in Workington are getting faster broadband service in the next few weeks as engineers complete local investment programmes.

These towns follow Penrith, Carlisle and Kendal where fibre is already available, and will be followed shortly by Dalton-in-Furness,  Kirby Lonsdale, Maryport and Whitehaven.

Burton-in-Kendal and Newbiggin-on-Lune are earmarked for upgrades by the end of Spring 2014, taking the total number of homes and businesses across Cumbria able to benefit as a result of BT’s £2.5 billion fibre roll-out programme to more than 111,000.

This commercial investment by BT is in addition to the Connecting Cumbria partnership between the company and Cumbria County Council, which, providing EU approval does not take too much longer,  will make fast, affordable fibre broadband to around 93 per cent of Cumbria homes and businesses by the end of 2015.

Mike Blackburn, BT’s regional director for the North West, said: “Research suggests that within 15 years fibre broadband could bolster the economy of a typical town by £143 million and create 225 new jobs, 140 new start-up businesses and 1,000 more homeworkers.

“The arrival of fibre in Barrow-in-Furness and Workington can really help local firms in these economically challenging times, opening up new ways of working and speeding up vital operations, such as file and data transfers, conferencing and computer back-up, all of which may also help cut costs.”

This investment has been welcomed by community leaders and MPs accross the political spectrum, who recognise that High-speed digital connectivity is a defining factor in building long-term success for Cumbria's economy

BT’s fibre footprint currently passes more than 15 million UK homes and businesses. It is expanding all the time and is now due to pass two-thirds of UK premises – e.g. around 19 million homes and businesses – by Spring 2014, at least 18 months ahead of the original timetable.

Quote of the day

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”
 
Abraham Lincoln

Friday, April 26, 2013

EU delays rollout of Superfast Broadband in Cumbria

Several months ago Cumbroa County Council, the UK government, and BT signed a £51 million deal to bring faster broadband to Cumbria, particularly rural areas of the county.

This project, called "Connecting Cumbria," should deliver speeds of up to 80Mbps to Cumbrian homes and businesses, and is desperately needed to help businesses in general, and small businesses in particular, bring jobs to the county and help lift the local economy out of recession.

It will eventually happen, but unfortunately European Union signoff has been delayed, and the council cannot start work on the project until "Major project approval" is given.

The irony is that this is not a case of asking the EU to cough up the money: some is coming from the UK government, some from the county council, and some from BT. But under EU law the project needs an agreement from the Commission that the project is not anti-competitive before we can spend our own money on improving our own infrastructure.

Annoying as the delay is, the EU's final sign off on the project is expected shortly.

Cumbria county council officers say they have submitted plans to Brussels and answered questions about Connecting Cumbria.

“At the moment we are still confident that we can meet the deadline of supplying superfast broadband to 93 per cent of premises by the end of 2015,” a spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile BT is plowing on with further enhancements to Broadband in Cumbria over and above the "Connecting Cumbria" programme, which fortunately do not need EU approval - see post to be submitted on Saturday.


Swimathon 2013 - two days to go

Swimathon 2013 starts today and in another two days both my son John and myself will be taking part at Copeland pool in Hensingham. It will be a bit of a change from charging around the county on behalf of various county council candidates, and campaigning in St Bees, Moor Row, Bigrigg, Mirehouse, and the rest of what the boundary commission in their wisdom called the "Egremont North and St Bees" ward myself.


Another huge thank-you to all those who have already sponsored myself, my son, or both, for Swimathon 2013 in which we are raising money for Marie Curie cancer care. Thanks to your generosity my son has reached double his fundraising target and I am more than half-way to mine.

As I have mentioned on earlier posts, this is a big event for me in two ways: the twentieth consecutive year I have taken part myself, which means I will have swum a hundred kilometers for charity in successive Swimathons if I finish the course, and also first year my son John is also taking part.

We will both be doing the Swimathon at Copeland pool this Sunday: I am attempting the full 5,000 metres (200 lengths), while my eleven year old son who is down for a less demanding challenge is simply going to swim as far as he can.

Anyone who has not already sponsored us and would like to do so can support Marie Curie Cancer care by sponsoring either of us at the respective pages below.

My fundraising page:

Chris Whiteside's sponsorship page for Swimathon 2013

My son's fundraising page:

John Whiteside's sponsorship page for Swimathon 2013

Quote of the Day

“Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.”

Professor Milton Friedman

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A tale of two payments

It's interesting to compare the fuss the Labour party in Cumbria is making about two payments: in one case they are asking questions about a bill for £700 which in the event was not paid by the taxpayer.

In the other case, the Labour party are complaining about the fact that other people are asking questions - they object even to people asking about the cost to the taxpayer of a payoff which could easily be a thousand times larger than £700.

The first case concerns transport bills to two events which Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes attended in his official capacity. It was agreed that because of the long hours he had been working it would not be safe or appropriate to drive himself. Someone in his office therefore booked a chauffeur driven car.

To quote the Chief Executive of what used to be the police authority and is now the police commissioner's department, Stuart Edwards:

“As a result of the long hours the Commissioner was working it was decided for personal safety reasons that support would be provided in terms of a driver for some evening functions with long and late return journeys. When the Commissioner was appraised of the cost he immediately stopped the practice of hiring drivers. The Commissioner has personally reimbursed the full cost of the journeys. A review took place with alternative arrangements now being progressed.”

I believe in transparency and therefore that people should be free to ask questions about how public money is spent. I also believe that Richard Rhodes acted entirely honorably and that in no other country in the world could something as trivial as this led to arrests and calls for resignations. And perhaps certain people should be thinking about taking planks out of their own eyes. Some of the stirring on this subject has come from two of Cumbria's members of parliament. Did either of them call for the resignation of any of the fellow MPs of their own parties who submitted expenses claims which were far more egregious?

And then we have the early retirement of the Chief Executive of Cumbria County Council. And senior councillors from the same party which has been asking questions about a £700 bill are telling people to "keep their noses out" of an issue which could potentially cost taxpayers much larger sums of money.

Labour councillor Barbara Cannon told the Cumbria Newspapers Group that "She's been paying into her pension fund. It's what she's entitled to."

This fundamentally misses the point. When someone retires early, that is by definition a change to their employment and pension arrangments, which may possibly save the authority (and the taxpayer) money or may potentially cost more, depending on the detail. It is entirely legitimate for the public to want to know whether changes in the council's officer structure will save money or cost them more.

When I was a councillor myself I can recall taking part in discussions about the early retirement of very senior council officers, including a Chief Executive, on more than one occasion. Sometimes such proposals fitted in with what was going on in the authority, and saved money. I can also recall instances where the first bid from a CEO who wanted to retire would, if we had accepted it, have cost the local taxpayer a fortune.

The convention at the moment is that the salaries of senior public servants are published but that their pension arrangements are confidential. I may return to the consistency of this at another time. The leader of Cumbria County Council has stated that the senior officer restructuring which includes the CEO's retirement will save the council money in the medium to long term and a council spokesman has said that

"we will be explaining more about the financial savings resulting from the revised senior management arrangements once new interim arrangements are in place - and these will reflet the budgetary implications of the Chief Executive's early departure."

Which is fair enough But Labour in Cumbria appears to have a question to answer: do you believe in transparency or not? You cannot expect anyone to take you seriously if you demand the right to ask questions about £700 but instruct other people to "Keep your noses out" when they ask questions about far larger sums of money.

To insist on transparency when it suits the political convenience of the Labour party but demand confidentiality when transparency doesn't suit the political convenience of the Labour party is not going to impress anyone.

Britain avoids triple-dip recession

GDP figures are out and show small positive growth between the last two quarters.

Only 0.3% but that's a great deal better than going backwards.

Which means that Britain has officially avoided a triple-dip recession.

Not sure whether the noise or gnashing of teeth was louder from Labour HQ or the BBC newsroom, but the fact that we're not now going to get a slew of "Recession!" headlines will be good for confidence and investment.That will help Britain inch that bit further towards a genuine recovery which will mean more people in jobs, higher household incomes, and better progress on cutting what is still a terrifyingly-large government deficit.

Quote of the day


“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.”

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tesco cans expansion proposals

Following poor financial results, Tesco has abandoned about a hundred major projects for new or enlarged stores, including the proposed expansion of the Whitehaven Tesco store at Bransty.

It would be comparatively easy for someone on either side of the political divide to try to write a  point-scoring piece trying to blame one's political opponent's, but although the Labour administration at Copeland Borough Council do have a sort of "reverse Midas touch" in which everything associated with them turns to ashes, it looks like this one really is down to the global economic climate - Tesco have just lost vast sums of money on a venture in the United States.

The expansion of Tesco's Whitehaven store would have brought about £20 million of investment and 150 jobs to West Cumbria, so this is extremely disappointing news.

DC: no more petrol duty rises


The Prime Minister has promised to "keep going" by scapping planned fuel duty rises proposed by the last government.

Speaking in Derbyshire he referred to the negative impact which increases in "really big bills" have on both ordinary households and the economy. It is now "understood to be unlikely" (to quote the Daily Telegraph here) that there will be any further duty increases between now and the General Election, unless the price of oil falls sharply and triggers the fuel price stabliser to change direction.

David Cameron said: “The truth is this, when we got in, the previous government had set out a whole lot of plans for fuel duty increases. It was like a whole lot of unexploded bombs which we have had to try and defuse.”
 
“We have cancelled and delayed almost all of these fuel duty increases. We even cut fuel duty on one occasion. We will keep going to try and keep those fuel duty increases off, recognising that it is the really big bills that people really care about and want help with.”

The last Labour government introduced a fuel duty escalator in its final budget which involved increasing the tax on petrol and diesel by a penny per litre above inflation until at least 2014-15.

The Coalition has already blocked 13 pence worth of rises on fuel, at a cost of about £6 billion to the Exchequer. Further rises of at least 4p or 5p per litre would be expected before the next election without renewed action.

David Cameron also promised to look at additional incentives for those who drive "really fuel efficient cars"

Quote of the Day

"Ecce parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus."

"Behold the mountains have laboured, and brought forth but a laughable little mouse."

Horace.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

European court declines to interfere in British elections shock

Yesterday the UK won a case at the European Court, which ruled that Brtiain's long-standing ban on paid-for TV election commercials, associated with the provision of a certain number of free party political broadcasts, does not interfere with free speech.

This is an issue where theory and practice pull in different directions for me.

In theory, and particularly in the internet age, it seems at first obvious that political advertising should be allowed. The ban is a survival from an age where there was no internet and almot everyone voted for one of two parties, so fairness could easily be acheived by giving each of those two parties the same number of party political broadcasts.

That situation no longer applies

And yet ...

In the United States political TV advertising is both effective and extremely expensive. That is the main reason why political campaigning costs an impossible amount of money and only those who are extremely rich theselves or can raise vast amounts of money from supporters can aspire to high office.

There is also considerable evidence of a positive correlation between how much politics costs in a country and the extent to which politicians have to spend all their time raising money instead of addressing the issues which the country needs addressed.

And making politics much more expensive would also tend to squeeze out the small parties. In the short term this might be in my political interests as a Conservative, but I don't think it's in the country's interests.

The arguments which Mike Smithson makes today on Political Betting.com in favour of allowing political adverts on TV seem at first to be very powerful. But I suspect that the practical impact on British politics would have been dire. Thank goodness that by European Court decided - by a narrow margin - to allow us to make up our own minds on the subject.

Memorable campaign slogans

While drafting and reading leaflets during the current County Council elections I have been reminded of some of the more memorable election slogans of past campaigns.

Two which stick in my memory were used on opposite sides of the 1884 US Presidential election between Republican James Blaine and Democrat Grover Cleveland:

"Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine, The Continental Liar from the State of Maine" –

(used by Grover Cleveland supporters, referring to Blaine's alleged unethical business deals)

 

The Republicans retaliated with ...

"Ma, Ma, Where’s my Pa, Gone to the White House, Ha, Ha, Ha!"

(which referred to an illegitimate child who Cleveland had allegedly fathered.)


During the 1952 Presidential election the republicans had a campaign song "I like Ike" referring to their candidate Dwight D (Ike) Eisenhower. One Democrat retorted that

"I like Mickey Mouse, but I'm not going to vote for him either"

The country, however, decided that they did like Ike and he was duly elected.


One of the most memorable phrases that I recall from an election, not necessarily for the right reasons, came from an election in St Albans in 1987 or 1992, when Peter Lilley, the Conservative MP, was seeking re-election. When she was handed the microphone in a loudspeaker van driving round my ward, a sixteen year old Young Conservative came out with this little gem ...

"We're very clever, we're not silly,
We all vote for Peter Lilley!"

God only knows what my electors thought of that one, but Peter was duly re-elected.

Whatever else you may say about them, the late and largely unlamented Federation of Conservative students came up with some classic posters. When three Labour MPs visited Afghanistan while the country was under soviet occupation, one of them (Ron Brown MP) was quoted as saying

"We looked around in vain for tanks."

However, despite this quote, the Labour MPs concerned also posed for photographs in front of a tank, and Brian Monteith, later a member of the Scottish parliament, managed to get the rights allowing him to use one: he produced a poster featuring the three Labour MPs in front of a soviet tank, the words from Ron Brown quoted above, and the caption in big letters at top and bottom:

"H.M. Government Health Warning -  Socialism can seriously damage your eyesight."

There is a scan of an elderly copy of this poster on flickr here. Another memorable F.C.S.poster had a picture of the tomb of Karl Marx and the words

"Should your student union be run by a 168 year old corpse from Highgate Cemetary?"


Then there was the 1987 election poster of a surrendering soldier holding his hands in the air and the slogan

 "Labour's policy on arms"


Does anyone reading this have a favourite - or least favourite - poster or slogan they would like to remember?

Leave a comment if you want to share it.

Quote of the day - exemplifying a particularly annoying attitude

I quote the following advice from a taxman which can be taken two ways.

The way it appears to be intended is a perfect example of the worst possible attitude for "public servants" to have to taxpayers.


"The trick is to stop thinking of it as 'your' money." - IRS auditor

Monday, April 22, 2013

Swimathon 2013: six days to go

This is Swimathon 2013 week.


A very big thank you to all those who have already sponsored myself, my son, or both, for Swimathon 2013 in which we are  raising money for Marie Curie cancer care.

It's big event for me in two ways: the twentieth consecutive year I have taken part myself, and the first year my son John is also taking part.

We will both be doing the Swimathon at Copeland pool this Sunday: I am attempting the full 5,000 metres (200 lengths), while my eleven year old son is simply going to swim as far as he can.

Anyone who has not already sponsored us and would like to do so can support Marie Curie Cancer care by sponsoring either of us at the respective pages below.

My fundraising page:

Chris Whiteside's sponsorship page for Swimathon 2013

My son's fundraising page:

John Whiteside's sponsorship page for Swimathon 2013

Local Election campaign launch

On Friday in Nuneaton, David Cameron launched the Conservative Party's local election campaign.

In a speech delivered to Party supporters, the Prime Minister set out the three main reasons why people should vote Conservative in the elections on 2 May.

Number 1: The services on your streets

Because Conservatives in Government have given local councils much more power and freedom, it really matters who you vote for in these local elections. Under Labour's rule by Whitehall diktat, local democracy was eroded. We've scrapped Labour's top-down regime. The RDAs, Regional Assemblies and Government Offices for the Regions have all gone. Now councils have more power and it is your vote that decides who is running these councils and the services we all rely on.

Number 2: Fighting for the pound in your pocket

Conservative councils understand it is your money that they spend. Every single pound in your pocket has been hard-earned and Conservative councils are fighting to keep it there.
That's why this year, on an average Band D Bill, Conservative councils continue to charge lower levels of council tax than Labour or Liberal Democrats.

Conservatives in Government have also given councils money to freeze council tax because during these tough times we want to be on the side of hardworking families. On average, this has delivered a 10 per cent real terms cut in council tax - real help with the cost of living. By contrast, under the last Labour Government council tax more than doubled.

But Conservative Councils are not just charging lower council tax, they are also cutting costs in the back office so money can be spent on protecting the frontline services local people rely on. Hammersmith & Fulham, Bournemouth, and Cotswolds are just some of the councils who are clamping down on waste to cut costs and keep council tax low for their residents.

Number 3: The future of our country

Conservatives are not just fighting for the services on your streets, or the pound in your pocket. We are also fighting for the future of our country:
  • Britain's deficit has been cut by a third
  • Net migration is down by a third
  • 1.25 million new jobs have been created in the private sector
  • There are a record number of young people starting apprenticeships
  • Right to Buy has been boosted to help people buy their own home
  • Income tax has been cut for 24 million hardworking people
  • Fairness is being returned to our welfare system by capping benefits and making sure it always pays to work
David Cameron ended his speech by saying 'don't let Labour do to your council what they did to our country' and called on supporters to join the Conservative Party's local election campaign.
 
You can support us by donating to our local election campaign here.
 
You can read David Cameron's local election launch speech in full here.

Quote of the Day

"Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned."

Professor Milton Friedman

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Quote of the day

"What can you do against the lunatic who is more clever than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?"

George Orwell

Friday, April 19, 2013

Contrasting quotes of the day on learning from history

"History repeats itself - the first time as tragedy, the second as farce."

Kar Marx


"Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it."

George Santayana.


"History repeats itself, historians repeat each other."

Philip Guedala


"We learn from history that we learn nothing from history." 

George Bernard Shaw - who may have been quoting a similar comment from G.W.F. Hegel.


"Learning from your own mistakes is smart, learning from others' mistakes is wise. Not learning from either is foolish"

Anon.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The wrong question

I hope I was not the only person from a mainstream political party who was very uncomfortable with the question Keith Vaz MP, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs select committee, asked Home Secretary Theresa May today about the delays in deporting Abu Qatada to Jordan.

Not because I disagree that both the present government and the previous one were right to seek his deportation. I share Mrs May's "frustration" at the delay it has taken since the last government started deportation proceedings  around a decade ago, to get a satisfactory result.

But, but, but, and again but (as Ian Fleming might have written)

This is a better country to live in because we have independent courts. However annoying and infuriating we may often find it when a court makes what we may think is the wrong decision, I would rather live in  a country where ministers of whatever party have an independent check on their ability to act which insures that they don't have total power.

And when a politician asks the question Keith Vaz asked today, "who is to blame" over a court decision he doesn't like, I feel uncomfortable. Even when I don't like that decision either.

Not to mention that there is plenty of blame to go round - as mentioned above, governments involving all political parties have been trying to put Qatada on a plane to Jordan for around a decade and for most of that time Mr Vaz's party was in power.

The price we pay for a free society is that sometimes our enemies use those freedoms against us. Yes, let's work to put that right - but through the proper channels. Don't let the terrorists and their sympathisers trick us into pulling down the very freedoms and safeguards which make us the free society they so hate.

Candidates standing for Cumbria County Council


In total there are 80 Conservative candidates, 73 Labour or Lab/Co-op, 52 UKIP, 46 Lib/Dem, 31 Green, and 34 other candidates standing for the 84 seats on Cumbria County Council.

 Polling day is Thursday 2nd May.

The full list of candidates standing by district and district for each county division is as follows:


ALLERDALE

Aspatria

Barnett, Christopher - (BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY)
9 Highmoor Mansion, Highmoor Park Wigton Cumbria CA7 9LN

Coe, Denise Susan - (LABOUR)
15 Walker Road Workington Cumbria

Finlay, William - (INDEPENDENT)
2 East Crescent Aspatria Cumbria CA7 3EF

Lister, James Philip - (CONSERVATIVE)
Moorgill Farm, West Moor End Aspatria Cumbria CA7 2NG

Scott, Margrit Wendy - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
Peter House, Braithwaite Keswick Cumbria CA12 5SY



Bothel and Wharrels

Bowness, Alan - (CONSERVATIVE)
High Waverbridge House, Bolton Low Houses Wigton Cumbria CA7 8PN

Perry, Jill - (GREEN PARTY)
Main Band House, Bulgill Maryport Cumbria

Snowden, Christopher John - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
35 Mountain View Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 0DG



Cockermouth North

Crowley, Felicity - (GREEN PARTY)
7 Meadow Grove Cockermouth

Davies, Leonard - (LABOUR)
54 Windmill Lane Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 9AP

Henderson, Juliet Margaret - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
15 Isel Road Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 9HJ

Nicholson, Eric William - (CONSERVATIVE)
Hill Top Victoria Road Cockermouth CA13 9PA



Cockermouth South

Bober, David J - (GREEN PARTY)
81 High Brigham Brigham Cockermouth

Greenhill, Suzanne - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
12 Parkside Avenue Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 0DR

Hanson, Rebecca Charlotte - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
12 Kirkgate Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 9PJ

Kennon, Alan - (CONSERVATIVE)
High Sand Waterloo Street Cockermouth CA13 9NB

Samson, James Charles - (LABOUR)
16 Beech Lane Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 9HQ



Dearham and Broughton

Clark, Alan - (LABOUR)
Everleigh, 3 Moor Road, Great Clifton Workington Cumbria CA14 1TS

Cockburn, Nicola Sonia - (INDEPENDENT)
Bluebell House, Broughton Park, Great Broughton Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 0XW

Graham, Helen - (GREEN PARTY)
Posthouse, Highside, Crosby Maryport Cumbria

Mawdsley, Richard - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
The Barn, West End, Great Broughton Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 0YN

Peck, Roger - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
White Ash, High Lorton Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 9UQ

Smithson, Colin - (CONSERVATIVE)
Two Hoots, Church Road, Kirkbride Wigton Cumbria CA7 5HY



Harrington

Bennett, Margaret - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
62 Victoria Road Workington Cumbria CA14 2QT

Cannon, Barbara Ann - (LABOUR AND CO-OPERATIVE PARTY)
Ellerbeck House, Harrington Workington Cumbria CA14 5JZ

Oglethorpe, Dawn Lisa - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
9 Milburn Street Workington Cumbria CA14 2XT

Rae, Marjorie - (INDEPENDENT)
3 Springfield Avenue, High Harrington Workington Cumbria CA14 4LW

Watts, Felicity - (GREEN PARTY)
Corner House Little Clifton Cumbria



Keswick

Atherton, Philip Andrew - (LABOUR)
68 Harrot Hill Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 0BL

Lysser, Andrew David - (-)
Apt 2, Gatesgarth, Braithwaite Keswick Cumbria CA12 5RY

Munby, Ronald - (CONSERVATIVE)
Isel Hall West Isel Cumbria CA13 0QG

Pugmire, Martin - (INDEPENDENT)
6 Brandlehow Crescent Keswick Cumbria CA12 4JE

Rigg, Peter George Rowland - (GREEN PARTY)
Manor Crest, Manor Brow Keswick Cumbria

Roberts, Phillip John - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
Thistledome House, Low Scales Aspatria Cumbria CA7 3NE



Maryport North

Bechelli, Michael - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
3 Elterwater Avenue Workington Cumbria CA14 3JY

Danmole-Ellis, Shai - (CONSERVATIVE)
71 Helvellyn Rise Carlisle Cumbria CA2 6QL

Jefferson, Clive - (BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY)
41 Slatefell Drive Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 9BS

Kemp, George Masterton - (INDEPENDENT)
5 Ellen Wharf Maryport Cumbria CA15 8BG

McCarron-Holmes, Carneen - (LABOUR)
3 Criffel Avenue Maryport CA15 6JJ

Smith, Geoff - (GREEN PARTY)
Posthouse Highside Crosby, Maryport CA15 6SP



Maryport South

Armstrong, Richard James - (GREEN PARTY)
9 Blencathra Court Cockermouth Cumbria

Bechelli, Amanda Jane - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
3 Elterwater Avenue Workington Cumbria CA14 3JY

Charlton, Dawn - (BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY)
113 Ewanrigg Road Maryport CA15 8JL

Haraldsen, Elaine - (CONSERVATIVE)
15 The Crest Hillcrest Whitehaven CA28 6TJ

Hayhurst, Mark - (INDEPENDENT)
77 Ewanrigg Road Maryport Cumbria CA15 8LB

Little, Keith Anthony - (LABOUR)
24 St Helens Avenue Flimby Maryport CA15 8RA



Moss Bay and Moorclose

Humes, Gerald - (LABOUR)
34 Bowness Court Workington Cumbria CA14 3SG

Lishman, Neville John - (CONSERVATIVE)
47 Longlands Road Carlisle Cumbria CA3 9AE

Stoddart, Stephen - (INDEPENDENT)
55a Udale Court, Moorclose Workington Cumbria CA14 3SH



Seaton

Ellis, Gareth Michael - (CONSERVATIVE)
71 Helvellyn Rise Carlisle Cumbria CA2 6QL

Fee, Trevor Matthew - (INDEPENDENT)
81 Lingbeck Park, Seaton Workington Cumbria CA14 1JT

Ferris, Deborah Jayne - (TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIALIST COALITION)
5 Kings Avenue, Seaton Workington Cumbria CA14 1DR

Grey, Alistair J - (GREEN PARTY)
22 Calva Road, Seaton Workington Cumbria

MacLeod, Jean Wilson - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
26 Hillcrest, Northside Workington Cumbria CA14 1AQ

Tibble, Celia - (LABOUR AND CO-OPERATIVE PARTY)
10 Greengate, Seaton Workington Cumbria CA14 1PH



Solway Coast

Griffin, Sam - (GREEN PARTY)
Stoneyside, Causeway Head Silloth Cumbria

Hansford, Mark Gerald - (INDEPENDENT)
18 Lawn Terrace Silloth Cumbria CA7 4AW

Kendall, Peter Gregory - (LABOUR)
33 North Street Maryport Cumbria CA15 6HR

Markley, Anthony James - (CONSERVATIVE)
Verona, Blitterlees Silloth Cumbria CA7 4JJ



St John's and Great Clifton

Hardon, Robert Gibson - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
2 Abbey Close Workington Cumbria CA14 3PB

Heaslip, Michael Joseph - (LABOUR AND CO-OPERATIVE PARTY)
32 Elizabeth St. Workington CA14 4DB

Holliday, Joseph Simon - (INDEPENDENT)
12 Northumberland Street Workington Cumbria CA14 3HA

Watson, Sharon Josephine - (GREEN PARTY)
14 Briar Bank Cockermouth Cumbria



St Michael's

Barry, Alan Lawrence - (LABOUR)
49 South William Street Workington Cumbria CA14 2EE

Jenkinson, Mark Ian - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
9 Milburn Street Workington Cumbria CA14 2XT

Lamb, Arthur William Creighton - (CONSERVATIVE)
Sunningdale, Distington Workington Cumbria CA14 5XP

Roy, Jane Christine - (GREEN PARTY)
11 Green Bank Lane Cockermouth Cumbria



Thursby

Fairbairn, Duncan Stewart - (CONSERVATIVE)
Thornby Moor House, Aikton Wigton Cumbria CA7 0JZ

Snowden, Eleanor Mary - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
35 Mountain View Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 0DG

Standen, Dianne - (GREEN PARTY)
104 High Street Maryport Cumbria

Wright, Eric - (LABOUR)
5 Riverside Caldbeck Wigton CA7 8DX



Wigton

Cowell, Joseph - (CONSERVATIVE)
Fionaville, Low Moor Road Wigton Cumbria CA7 9QP

Liddle, Roger John - (LABOUR)
Holme Cultrum House Abbeytown Cumbria CA7 4SP

Miles, Charles Arthur Alfred - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
Stoneraise Farm Wigton Cumbria CA7 8LY

Stafford, Paul - (BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY)
59 Burnside Wigton Cumbria CA7 9RS

Todd, Allan - (GREEN PARTY)
47 Eskin Street Keswick Cumbria

Warren, Brian Thomas - (-)
Gilston House, 27 West Street Wigton Cumbria CA7 9NX



BARROW-IN-FURNESS

Dalton North

Doughty, Barry John - (LABOUR AND CO-OPERATIVE PARTY)
4 Spring Gardens Dalton-in-Furness Cumbria LA15 8AU

English, Des - (CONSERVATIVE)
18 Kestrel Drive Dalton-in-Furness Cumbria LA15 8QA

Martin, Clynton - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
40 Prince Street Dalton-in-Furness Cumbria LA15 8EU

Severn, Matthew James - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
2 Birklands, Singleton Park Road Kendal Cumbria LA9 7PX



Dalton South

Bell, Timothy John - (-)
Crown Court House, 143/145 Market Street Dalton-in-Furness Cumbria LA15 8RQ

Bleasdale, Bill - (CONSERVATIVE)
137 Chapel Street Dalton-in-Furness Cumbria LA15 8RX

Shepherd, Andy - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
17 Market Street Dalton-in-Furness Cumbria LA15 8AP

Wilson, Ernie - (LABOUR)
89 Yarlside Road Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA13 0EY



Hawcoat

Bowron, Geoff - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
22 Cloisters Avenue Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA13 0BA

Melling, Rebecca Jane - (LABOUR)
54 Longway Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA13 0DP

Roberts, David - (CONSERVATIVE)
37 Dalton Lane Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 4LE



Hindpool

Burns, Anne - (LABOUR)
10 Gilpin Walk Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 3UP

Richardson, Jack - (CONSERVATIVE)
13 Keswick Avenue Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 4LL

Walker, Thomas Noel - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
15 Barton Street Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 2EP



Newbarns and Parkside

Hammond, Lisa - (INDEPENDENT)
37 Stafford Street Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 5HU

Macur, Tina - (CONSERVATIVE)
62 Ainslie Street Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 5BJ

Murphy, Jane Amelia - (LABOUR)
59 Abbey Road Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 5ES

Rudd, Colin John - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
49 Risedale Road Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA13 9QX



Old Barrow

Morley, Anthony Komarof - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
48 Headland Rise Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 3YP

Murphy, John David - (LABOUR)
9 Mikasa Street Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 3EG



Ormsgill

Hamezeian, Jim - (PEOPLES PARTY)
90 Schneider Road Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 5DP

McClure, Wendy Ada - (CONSERVATIVE)
274 Abbey Road Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA13 9JJ

McEwan, William - (LABOUR)
16 Sowerby Avenue Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 4DQ

Millard, Kay Angela - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
2 Craven Park Court, Anson Street Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 1UX



Risedale

Hamilton, Kevin - (LABOUR)
8 Marsden Street Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 2AY

Matthews, Noel - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
44 Brook Street Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA13 9SA

McClure, Rory - (CONSERVATIVE)
274 Abbey Road Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA13 9JJ



Roosecote

Dufour, Jo-Anne - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
7 Kempas Avenue Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA13 0UE

Guselli, Ray - (CONSERVATIVE)
4 West Avenue Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA13 9AX

Wall, Helen - (LABOUR)
89 Roose Road Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA13 9RJ



Walney North

Thompson, Raymond George - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
45 King Street Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA15 8EL

Worth, Melvyn Henry - (LABOUR)
6 Haverigg Gardens Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 3TH



Walney South

Marcus, David - (CONSERVATIVE)
Saltaire, Biggar Village, Walney Island Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 3YG

Pollard, John Edward - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
297 West Shore Park, Walney Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA13 3YR

Telford, Mandy - (LABOUR)
8 Promenade Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA14 3QE



CARLISLE

Belah

Cartwright, Corinna - (LABOUR)
Win Bank, How Mill, Brampton Cumbria CA8 9JN

Douglass, Phil - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
31 Esk Road, Lowry Hill Carlisle Cumbria CA3 0HW

Toole, Alan - (CONSERVATIVE)
89 Etterby Lea Crescent Carlisle Cumbria CA3 9JS



Belle Vue

Ridley, Oliver Cartner - (CONSERVATIVE)
Acorn House, Scotby Carlisle Cumbria CA4 8BS

Stockdale, Ian - (LABOUR)
1 Kirkstead Close, Belle Vue Carlisle Cumbria CA2 7RE



Botcherby

Alcroft, Ruth Elizabeth - (LABOUR)
9 Whoof House, Aglionby Carlisle Cumbria CA4 8AQ

Betton, Robert William - (INDEPENDENT)
10 Holywell Crescent Carlisle Cumbria CA1 2TD

Nedved, Paul Nigel Hamilton - (CONSERVATIVE)
Low Durranhill, Tilbury Road, Botcherby Carlisle Cumbria CA1 2SD

Strong, Ivan - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
12 Victoria Road Carlisle Cumbria CA1 2UE



Brampton

Bartlett, Graham - (LABOUR)
2 Sunnyside, Hallbankgate Brampton Cumbria CA8 1JL

Fisher, Lawrence Neil - (CONSERVATIVE)
26 Hanson Place Carlisle Cumbria CA1 1NG

Forster, Chris - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
3 Parkhead Road Brampton Cumbria CA8 1DE

Jones, Terry - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
1 The Barrel, Caldew Maltings Carlisle Cumbria CA2 5SW



Castle

Hunt, Richard Sebastian - (GREEN PARTY)
120 Warwick Road Carlisle Cumbria CA1 1LF

Jennings, Lawrence Mark - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
6 Clift Street Carlisle Cumbria CA2 7PQ

Long, Jody - (TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIALIST COALITION)
14 Fusehill Street Carlisle Cumbria CA1 2ES

Luckley, Olwyn Doreen - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
15 Brunton Crescent Carlisle Cumbria CA1 2AX

Reynolds, Kevin - (CONSERVATIVE)
24 John Robert Gardens Carlisle Cumbria CA2 5TS

Whalen, Willie - (LABOUR)
32 Brook Street Carlisle Cumbria CA1 2HY



Corby and Hayton

Graham, William James - (INDEPENDENT)
16 Cairn Crescent, Corby Hill Carlisle Cumbria CA4 8QH

Parsons, Doreen Heather - (CONSERVATIVE)
2 The Steading, Warwick Bridge Carlisle Cumbria CA4 8RE



Currock

Boothman, Neil - (GREEN PARTY)
39 Sheffield Street Carlisle Cumbria CA2 5DT

Evans, Terri - (CONSERVATIVE)
2 Petteril Green, Great Orton Carlisle Cumbria CA5 6NA

Matthys, Angus Jim - (BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY)
11 Wilmington Cottage, Marton Welshpool Shropshire SY21 8JS

Stanyer, Janet Elizabeth - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
Wallace Lane Farm, Brocklebank Wigton Cumbria CA7 8DL

Walsh, Elizabeth - (TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIALIST COALITION)
2 Blackwell Road Carlisle Cumbria CA2 4AB

Watson, Reg - (LABOUR)
Ardyne Bank, Tarraby Carlisle Cumbria CA3 0JS



Dalston and Burgh

Allison, Trevor - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
17 Gilbert Road, Cummersdale Carlisle Cumbria CA2 6BJ

Collier, John Richard - (CONSERVATIVE)
24 Cammock Crescent Carlisle Cumbria CA2 4PE

Dickinson, Robert - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
22 Low Moorlands, Dalston Carlisle Cumbria CA5 7PA

Stevenson, Allan - (LABOUR)
56 St James' Road Carlisle Cumbria CA2 5PD



Denton Holme

Eden, Barbara - (CONSERVATIVE)
89 Broad Street Carlisle Cumbria CA1 2AQ

Higginson, Grahame - (TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIALIST COALITION)
5 St James' Road Carlisle Cumbria CA2 5NX

McDevitt, Hugh - (LABOUR)
56 Colville Street Carlisle Cumbria CA2 5HT

Spencer, Michael Richard - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
50 Waterside House, Denton Mill Close Carlisle Cumbria CA2 5HF

Tucker, James Liam - (GREEN PARTY)
42 Beveridge Road, Denton Holme Carlisle Cumbria CA2 5SA

Warmingham, John Duncan - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
River House, Wetheral Carlisle Cumbria CA4 8HA



Harraby North

Graham, Hazel Jane - (GREEN PARTY)
52 Stanley Road Brampton Cumbria CA8 1DY

Haughan, Eddie - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
Royston, Broomfallen Road, Scotby Carlisle Cumbria CA4 8DG

Randall, Michael - (CONSERVATIVE)
4 Hunters Crescent Carlisle Cumbria CA1 3TA

Weber, Cyril Frederick - (LABOUR)
380 London Road Carlisle Cumbria CA1 3ER



Harraby South

Bowman, Marilyn Louise - (CONSERVATIVE)
Ferndale, Corby Hill Carlisle Cumbria CA4 8QG

Brewis, Ian Duncan Livingston - (GREEN PARTY)
37 Carlisle Road, Dalston Carlisle Cumbria CA5 7NE

Earl, Deborah Anne - (LABOUR)
6 Hallaway Carlisle Cumbria CA3 9RG

Gee, Michael Anthony - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
21 Nook Lane Close, Dalston Carlisle Cumbria CA5 7JA

Owen, Michael John - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
16 The Old Tannery, Scotby Carlisle Cumbria CA4 8AL



Houghton and Irthington

Champney, Gerard Elliot - (LABOUR)
Sandysike Farmhouse, Walton Brampton Cumbria CA8 2DU

Mallinson, John - (CONSERVATIVE)
17 Wolsty Close Carlisle Cumbria CA3 0PB

Weaver, Carol - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
5 Jackson Road, Houghton Carlisle Cumbria CA3 0NW



Longtown

Dodds, Robert - (LABOUR)
4 Ladyseat Gardens Longtown Cumbria CA6 5XF

Parker, Susan - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
Inch Farm Longtown Cumbria CA6 5PP

Richardson, Marjorie Jannette - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
87 Buchanan Road, Upperby Carlisle Cumbria CA2 4PT

Tarbitt, Val - (CONSERVATIVE)
The Corner Flat, Naworth Castle Brampton Cumbria CA8 2HF



Morton

Bainbridge, James Robert - (CONSERVATIVE)
3 Granville Road Carlisle Cumbria CA2 7AZ

Bell, John - (LABOUR)
50 Castlerigg Drive Carlisle Cumbria CA2 6PF

Butterfield, Simon - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
18 Ellesmere Way, Morton Carlisle Cumbria CA2 6LZ



Stanwix Urban

Chapman, Paul Martin - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
2 Church Place Carlisle Cumbria CA3 9DN

Davison, Helen - (GREEN PARTY)
17 Rosebery Road, Stanwix Carlisle Cumbria CA3 9HU

Mallinson, Elizabeth Anne - (CONSERVATIVE)
17 Wolsty Close Carlisle Cumbria CA3 0PB

Nash, Philip Antony - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
76 Croft Road Carlisle Cumbria CA3 9AG

Parker, Kevin - (LABOUR)
7 Newcastle Street Carlisle Cumbria CA2 5UH



Upperby

Bromley, Elaine Judith - (GREEN PARTY)
51 Almery Drive, Currock Carlisle Cumbria CA2 4EX

Fisher, Charlotte Ann - (CONSERVATIVE)
Whythburn, Kirkbampton Carlisle Cumbria CA5 6HT

Kennedy, Brent - (TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIALIST COALITION)
35 Coney Street Carlisle Cumbria CA2 4BX

Osler, James Ernest - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
53 Buchanan Road Carlisle Cumbria CA2 4PT

Young, Stewart Farries - (LABOUR)
58 St James' Road Carlisle Cumbria CA2 5PD



Wetheral

Brewis, Dallas Jane - (GREEN PARTY)
37 Carlisle Road, Dalston Carlisle Cumbria CA5 7NE

Burns, Rob - (LABOUR)
110 Scotby Road, Scotby Carlisle Cumbria CA4 8BJ

Marriner, Nick - (CONSERVATIVE)
Warwick Hall, Warwick-on-Eden Carlisle Cumbria CA4 8PG

Round, Geoff - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
3 Beech Tree Farm, Cumwhinton Carlisle Cumbria CA4 8EJ

Wood, David John - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
21 Nook Lane Close, Dalston Carlisle Cumbria CA5 7JA



Yewdale

Furneaux, Beth - (LABOUR)
3 Tree Terrace, Tree Road Brampton Cumbria CA8 1TY

Prest, Judy - (CONSERVATIVE)
Ashcroft, Station Road Brampton Cumbria CA8 1EX

Stanyer, John Brian - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
Wallace Lane Farm, Brocklebank Wigton Cumbria CA7 8DL



COPELAND

Bransty

Roberts, Graham Robert Phillip Melville - (CONSERVATIVE)
Couden Beeches, 8 Aikbank Road Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 6LL

Weir, Eileen - (LABOUR)
112A Queen Street Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 7QD



Cleator Moor West

Currie, Robert Gordon - (CONSERVATIVE)
Flat 1, 14 Peter Street Carlisle Cumbria CA3 8QP

Matthys, Jennifer Alice - (BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY)
11 Wilmington Cottage Marton Welshpool SY21 8JS

Morgan, Frank Irvine - (LABOUR)
9 Distington Park, Distington Workington Cumbria CA14 5UN



Cleator Moor East and Frizington

Knowles, Timothy John - (LABOUR)
Winton House, Rheda Park Frizington Cumbria CA26 3TA

Martin, Genna Elaine - (CONSERVATIVE)
1 The Barn Lamplugh Cumbria CA14 4SB

Millar, Sarah - (GREEN PARTY)
Cross House, Main Street, Silecroft Millom Cumbria LA18 4NR

Minogue, Mike - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
31 Ennerdale Road Cleator Moor Cumbria CA25 5LD

Verity, Daniel Richard - (BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY)
The Bungalow, Kiln Brow Cleator Cumbria CA23 3DF



Egremont

Flint, Erica Lucy - (GREEN PARTY)
3 Greendykes Egremont Cumbria CA22 2JS

Gray, Sheena Margaret Jane - (CONSERVATIVE)
2 South View Seascale Cumbria CA20 1NL

Southward, David Edward - (LABOUR)
Craiova, Sellafield Road Beckermet Cumbria CA21 2XN

Tyson, Pamela - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
18 Moorlands Drive, Stainburn Workington Cumbria CA14 4UJ



Egremont North and St Bees

Armstrong, Lorraine - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
42 Napier Street Workington Cumbria CA14 2PU

Whiteside, Christopher John - (CONSERVATIVE)
Hawthorn House, Foxhouses Road Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 8AF

Wormstrup, Henry - (LABOUR)
47 Scotch Street Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 7PT



Gosforth

Clarkson, Norman - (CONSERVATIVE)
Calder Park, Calderbridge Seacale Cumbria CA20 1DN

Ross, Christopher Patrick - (LABOUR)
12 Pearson Close Moor Row Cumbria CA24 3LH



Hillcrest and Hensingham

Wharrier, Christine - (LABOUR)
45 Calder Avenue Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 8AR

Wonnacott, Andrew William - (CONSERVATIVE)
69 Bowthorn Road Cleator Moor Cumbria CA25 5JT



Howgate

Haraldsen, Stephen - (CONSERVATIVE)
15 The Crest, Hillcrest Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 6TJ

Hayman, Susan Mary - (LABOUR)
Mill House, Ullock Workington Cumbria CA14 4TP

Scrivener, Richard - (GREEN PARTY)
Woodhow Wasdale Cumbria CA20 1ET



Kells and Sandwith

Nicholson, Frank - (BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY)
27 Park Road Wigton Cumbria CA7 9RA

Skillicorn, Wendy - (LABOUR)
21 Thornton Road Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 6UW

St. John, Ian - (GREEN PARTY)
Flat 7 Harbourside, West Strand Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 7LR

Whiteside, Brigid Anne - (CONSERVATIVE)
Hawthorn House, Foxhouses Road Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 8AF



Millom

Burness, Denise Barbara - (LABOUR)
1 Windermere Gardens Millom Cumbria LA18 4PB

Crawford, Brian - (CONSERVATIVE)
16 Lancashire Road Millom Cumbria LA18 4AW

Day, Susan - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
The Pavilion, 36 Duke Street Millom Cumbria LA18 5BB

Wilson, Neil - (GREEN PARTY)
25 Holborn Hill Millom Cumbria LA18 5DW



Millom Without

Barnes, Margaret - (LABOUR)
Gillgarth, Caton Street, Haverigg Millom Cumbria LA18 4HE

Gilligan, Lynette - (GREEN PARTY)
Gateside Silecroft Cumbria LA18 5LU

Hitchen, Keith Haigh - (CONSERVATIVE)
Over Irt Holmrook Cumbria CA19 1UG



Mirehouse

Hawkins, Michael - (LABOUR)
60 Rutland Avenue, Homewood Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 8LG

Holmes, Philip Francis - (BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY)
10 Hghfield Close Seascale Cumbria CA20 1HF

Jenkinson, Ian - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
22 Trinity Drive, Northside Workington Cumbria CA14 1BZ

Micklethwaite, Jane Margaret - (CONSERVATIVE)
16 Churchill Drive Millom Cumbria LA18 5DD



EDEN

Alston and East Fellside

Beaty, Kevin Michael - (CONSERVATIVE)
Hilltop Ivegill, Penrith Cumbria CA4 0NR

Horne, Helen Marion - (LABOUR)
Jonathan's Farmhouse Fenton, How Mill, Brampton Cumbria CA8 9JZ

Hunter, Sara Louisa - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
102 Raiselands Croft Penrith Cumbria CA11 9JJ

Marsden, Alan William - (GREEN PARTY)
Town End Farm Gamblesby, Penrith Cumbria CA10 1HY

Robinson, Mary - (INDEPENDENT)
Bell House Ainstable, Carlisle Cumbria CA4 9RE



Appleby

Bell, Jane Denise - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
Eden Cottage, Warcop Appleby-in-Westmorland Cumbria CA16 6PL

Stephenson, Martin - (CONSERVATIVE)
Field House, Battlebarrow Appleby-in-Westmorland Cumbria CA16 6AA

Williams, Michael Edward Lincoln - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
Castle Bank Appleby-in-Westmorland Cumbria CA16 6SN



Eden Lakes

Hughes, Neil - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
4 Croft End Bampton, Penrith Cumbria CA10 2RS

Lowther, Thomas Scott Anthony - (CONSERVATIVE)
Whitbysteads Askham, Penrith Cumbria CA10 2PG

Wylie, Georgina Mary - (LABOUR)
18 Chestnut Close Culgaith, Penrith Cumbria CA10 1QX



Greystoke and Hesket

Burgin, Roger - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
4 Greenacres Park Plumpton, Penrith Cumbria CA11 9PB

Donald, Claire Amanda - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
Flat 6 The Regent Old London Road, Penrith Cumbria CA11 8ET

Richardson, Albert Pearson - (CONSERVATIVE)
16 Jefferson Garth Greystoke, Penrith Cumbria CA11 0UA



Kirkby Stephen

Bateman, Olivia - (CONSERVATIVE)
Cold Keld Fell End, Kirkby Stephen Cumbria

Lischke, Kevin Erwin Robert - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
Garshill, Ravenstonedale Kirkby Stephen Cumbria CA17 4NH

Sandell, Ann Valerie - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
1 Redmayne Road Kirkby Stephen Cumbria CA17 4RL



Penrith East

Ayers, Jamie - (LABOUR)
Lilac House Lowther Newtown, Penrith Cumbria CA10 2HH

Bell, Patricia Anne - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
Sparkenhoe Beacon Edge, Penrith Cumbria CA11 9LA

Jackson, Scott Michael - (CONSERVATIVE)
117 Brentfield Way Penrith Cumbria CA11 8HQ

Sencier, Daniel - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
2 Wordsworth Terrace Penrith Cumbria CA11 7QT



Penrith North

Carrick, Hilary Frances - (CONSERVATIVE)
Hilltop Great Salkeld, Penrith Cumbria CA11 9NA

Rockliffe-King, Geoffrey - (LABOUR)
White Gables Wordsworth Street, Penrith Cumbria CA11 7QY

Sandilands, Gordon - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
102 Raiselands Croft Penrith Cumbria CA11 9JJ

Silson, Shaun Michael - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
21 The Parklands Penrith Cumbria CA11 8TF



Penrith Rural

Bowen, John Grattan - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
9 Carleton Hall Gardens Penrith Cumbria CA10 2AL

Strong, Gary Brian - (CONSERVATIVE)
107 Tribune Drive Houghton, Carlisle Cumbria CA3 0LE



Penrith West

Clark, Margaret - (INDEPENDENT)
38 Castle Hill Road Penrith Cumbria CA11 7HA

Fearon, Helen Jane - (CONSERVATIVE)
59 Wordsworth Street Penrith Cumbria CA11 7QY

Tompkins, John Michael - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
47 Burrowgate Penrith Cumbria CA11 7TA

Wright, Rosemary Ann Odendaal - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
Flat 39, The Regent Old London Road, Penrith Cumbria CA11 8ET

Wylie, Bruce Anthony - (LABOUR)
18 Chestnut Close Culgaith, Penrith Cumbria CA10 1QX



SOUTH LAKELAND

Cartmel

Harvey, Thomas - (CONSERVATIVE)
4 Westcliffe Gardens Grange Cumbria LA11 6BT

Wilson, Roderick - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
Gateside Farm, Cark Road, Cartmel Grange-over-Sands Cumbria LA11 7NR



Grange

Gallagher, Daniel Charles - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
1 Meathop Fell Cottages, Meathop Road Grange-over-Sands Cumbria LA11 6QZ

Wearing, William John - (CONSERVATIVE)
The Smithy, Windermere Road Grange-over-Sands Cumbria LA11 6EG



High Furness

Fletcher, David William Norman - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
Laburnum Cottage, Satterthwaite Ulverston Cumbria LA12 8LR

Keegan, Mark Fitzpatrick - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
Ashlack Kirkby-in-Furness Cumbria LA17 7XN

Muncaster, Jane Margaret Louise - (CONSERVATIVE)
The Old Rookery Elleriggs Brow Cumbria LA12 7PD

Rajan, Bharath Sundara - (LABOUR)
38 Woodlands Road Ulverston Cumbria LA12 0DX



Kendal Castle

Feeney-Johnson, Clare - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
28 Howe Bank Close Kendal Cumbria LA9 7PU

Gardiner, Andrew Paul - (CONSERVATIVE)
17 Blenket Close, Allithwaite Grange-over-Sands Cumbria LA11 7RP

Rothwell, Robert Anthony - (LABOUR)
25 Collin Road Kendal Cumbria LA9 5HN



Kendal Highgate

Bownass, Susan Mary - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
106 Hallgarth Circle Kendal Cumbria LA9 5NY

Cook, Geoffrey David - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
32 Kirkby Green Kendal Cumbria LA9 7AJ

Hayek, Fuad Joseph - (CONSERVATIVE)
High Croft, Newby Bridge Road Windermere Cumbria LA23 3LL

Molloy, Marilyn - (LABOUR AND CO-OPERATIVE PARTY)
10 Greenside Kendal Cumbria LA9 4LD



Kendal Nether

Barker, James Robert - (LABOUR)
13 Parr Street Kendal Cumbria LA9 7DH

Evans, Shirley Amelia - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
Wainwright House, Fowl Ing Lane Kendal Cumbria LA9 6PH

Slater, Lyndsay Elizabeth - (CONSERVATIVE)
58 Sandgate Kendal Cumbria LA9 6HZ



Kendal South

Birchall, Patrick Peter Adam - (CONSERVATIVE)
49 Greengate Kendal Cumbria LA9 5LJ

Gray, Brenda Clare - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
Rose Cottage, Hincaster Milnthorpe Cumbria LA7 7ND

Sparling, Lois Katherine - (LABOUR)
27 Howe Bank Close Kendal Cumbria LA9 7PU



Kendal Strickland and Fell

Braithwaite, Paul Michael - (LABOUR)
22 Landsdown Close Kendal Cumbria LA9 7SB

Glover, David Peterkin - (CONSERVATIVE)
20 Beast Banks Kendal Cumbria LA9 4JW

McCreesh, John Patrick - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
3 Kent Lea Kendal Cumbria LA9 6ED

Nightingale, Malcolm James Hamilton - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
7 Windermere Road Kendal Cumbria LA9 4QJ

Timson, Patrick - (TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIALIST COALITION)
43 Castle Grove Kendal Cumbria LA9 7AZ



Kent Estuary

Clark, Steil Redman - (CONSERVATIVE)
87 Owlet Ash Fields Milnthorpe Cumbria LA7 7DR

Gilchrist, Alison Faith - (LABOUR)
3 Kirkstone Close Kendal Cumbria LA9 7HU

Stewart, Ian - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
10 Rose Hill Grove, Sandside Milnthorpe Cumbria LA7 7HR



Lakes

Berry, Benjamin William James - (CONSERVATIVE)
Yew Tree House, Troutbeck Windermere Cumbria LA23 1PL

Costello, Rebecca Sarah - (LABOUR)
16 Kirkfield Ambleside Cumbria LA22 9HA

Halliday, Heidi - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
19 Kirkfield Ambleside Cumbria LA22 9HA



Low Furness

Cooper, Philip Gregory - (LABOUR)
The Old Coach House, Long Lane, Stainton Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA13 0NH

Diss, Simon Michael - (CONSERVATIVE)
Cowran Farm, Pennington Ulverston Cumbria LA12 0JW

Willis, Janet - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
1 Goose Green Dalton in Furness Cumbria LA15 8LQ



Lower Kentdale

Bateson, John Anthony - (LABOUR)
19 Bolefoot, Oxenholme Kendal Cumbria LA9 7EX

Bingham, Roger Kenneth - (CONSERVATIVE)
The Smithy, Ackenthwaite Milnthorpe Cumbria LA7 7DH

Brown, Victor Ronald - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
Tythebarn House, North Road, Holme Carnforth Lancashire LA6 1QG

Goddard, Alan Lester - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
Whinfell Lodge, Millness Park Crooklands Cumbria LA7 7NU



Lyth Valley

Bland, James - (CONSERVATIVE)
Oakridge, Underbarrow Kendal Cumbria LA8 8BL

Rooke, William Stephen - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
7 Brantfell Walk Bowness on Windermere Cumbria LA23 3AT

Willmott, Stephen Edward - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
1 Hollin Bank, Underbarrow Kendal Cumbria LA8 8BN



Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale

Cotton, Nicholas Charles - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
Sarum House, Biggins Road Kirkby Lonsdale Cumbria LA6 2HL

Lancaster, Kevin John - (CONSERVATIVE)
Fellgate, Dowbiggin Sedbergh Cumbria LA10 5LS



Ulverston East

Hornby, Peter - (CONSERVATIVE)
26 Meeting House Lane Ulverston Cumbria LA12 9ND

Hudson, Andrew - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
25 Monument Way Ulverston Cumbria LA12 9SY

O'Hara, Robert - (GREEN PARTY)
34 Queen Street Ulverston Cumbria LA12 7AF

Wilson, John Mark - (LABOUR AND CO-OPERATIVE PARTY)
7 Parkfield, Swarthmoor Ulverston Cumbria LA12 0HW



Ulverston West

Airey, James - (CONSERVATIVE)
13 Church Road, Great Urswick Ulverston Cumbria LA12 0TA

Clough, John Victor - (LABOUR)
23 Soutergate Ulverston Cumbria LA12 7ES

Loynes, Christopher - (GREEN PARTY)
7 Ainsworth Street Ulverston Cumbria LA12 7EU

Martin, Paul Joseph - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
16 Dorchester Crescent Ulverston Cumbria LA12 9LP

Nicholson, Maureen Frances - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
12 Canal Street Ulverston Cumbria LA12 7JZ



Upper Kent

Collins, Stanley Bernard - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
8 Gowan Close, Staveley Kendal Cumbria LA8 9NW

Hookway, Eric - (CONSERVATIVE)
20 Serpentine Road Kendal Cumbria LA9 4PD



Windermere
Henderson, Penelope Anne - (LABOUR)
3 Mill Rise, Droomer Windermere Cumbria LA23 2LY

Kitson, Marcus Andrew - (UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY)
Green Dod, Black Beck Wood Windermere Cumbria LA23 3LS

Lilley, Sandra Isobel - (CONSERVATIVE)
4 St. Johns Gardens, Lake Road Windermere Cumbria LA23 2FD

Stephenson, Jonathan Charles - (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT)
Hazel Bank, Hazel Street Windermere Cumbria LA23 1EL