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My local election result

My local election result

Unfortunately I was unsuccessful in my attempt to be elected as a Conservative Councillor for my local ward of Panshanger in the Borough of Welwyn Hatfield. Last year the Conservatives lost this ward to the Liberal Democrats by 37 votes. After a very hard-fought campaign I actually managed to secure more votes than the previous Conservative candidate. Unfortunately, the winning candidate, Liberal Democrat Jane Quinton, did even better, extending the Liberal Democrat lead to nearly 200. National issues clearly played…

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Ten Things I’ve Learned From Canvassing

Ten Things I’ve Learned From Canvassing

With postal votes for the local elections landing on people’s doorsteps today, I thought I’d share 10 things I’ve learned from canvassing over the last few months, while I’ve been campaigning to be elected to the Borough Council as the Conservative candidate in my local ward. Nearly everyone is polite. I’ve counted, and it’s fewer than 1 in 100 houses where someone is actually rude. Even people who don’t want to talk to you usually just say so, politely. This…

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Panshanger February Leaflet

Panshanger February Leaflet

My February leaflet for Panshanger, which explores what a councillor actually does, provides an update on the campaign to save Gosling Sports Hall and sets our four reasons why I’m the best candidate for Panshanger. Read the leaflet here.

Raising Awareness of Gosling Sports Hall

Raising Awareness of Gosling Sports Hall

My latest leaflet delivery to Panshanger homes focuses on raising awareness about Gosling Sports Hall. You can read the leaflet here. Thanks to some good work by community groups, the council and our Conservative MP, Grant Shapps, GLL (the company that owns Gosling) has now agreed ‘to work with the community to keep the facility open, potentially by involving user groups in “either a joint or self-managed arrangement”’ This is a big step forward from where we were a month…

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Conservative Candidate for Panshanger

Conservative Candidate for Panshanger

As some of those reading this will know, I’m standing as the Conservative Candidate for Panshanger in the Borough Council elections this May. I’m delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to stand to represent the ward in which my family and I live and, if elected, to be able to work to do the best both for this community and for Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield more generally. I’ve already been putting out some literature, supported by a great…

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Save Gosling Sports Hall

Save Gosling Sports Hall

Below is the text of an email I’ve sent to GLL (who run Gosling) urging them to reconsider their decision to close Gosling Sports Hall. If you live locally, do consider signing the petition, or writing to them yourselves. There’s a major local campaign going and both the Council and our MP, Grant Shapps have got involved so the more people that can show that they care about it staying open, the better the chance they might reconsider. The petition…

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