Saturday, August 25, 2007

Squirrels Heath By-election - Cllr Lynden Thorpe

Lynden Anne Thorpe, the Conservative Party Candidate at this by-election, was elected.

Our Congratulations go to Lynden!

Lynden now makes up the three Councillors of this Ward with Cllr Eric Alec Munday and Council Leader Michael John White.

Following the passing of Cllr Eddie Cahill a By-election for Squirrels Heath ward was held on Thursday 23 August 2007.

Persons who stood nominated for election as a Councillor for the Squirrels Heath Ward were:

CAMPBELL Gregory Heugh National Liberal Party, the Third Way, 170 votes
MCINERNEY Peter John The Labour Party Candidate, 210 votes
MURRAY Terry Patrick UK Independence Party, 134 votes
STEVENS Denis Henry Havering Residents Association, 310 votes
THORPE Lynden Anne The Conservative Party Candidate, 1828 votes

Turnout for this By-election: 26.5 per cent

This is a fantastic result!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Bluelist political online system launch - 12th September 2007

I received an email in relation to the following:

Bluelist political online system launch - 12th September 2007

"We are pleased to announce that we will be launching the Bluelist political online system on the 12th September 2007. This web based system has taken a year to develop and we are confident that we will be delivering something of real value to our Bluelisters and candidates. We will be marking the event with a reception at the National Liberal Club. We hope that many of you are able to join us to mark the occasion. Below are the details of the event:

Date: Wednesday 12th September, 2007, 6:30pm to 8pm

Venue: The National Liberal Club - The David Lloyd George room

Dress code: The rules of the club state that Gentlemen are expected to wear a jacket and tie, for ladies smart town wear is appropriate

The address for the venue is:
Whitehall Place

We also intend to use the event to help raise funds to support campaigning in two key parliamentary seats - Loughborough (where the PPC is Nicky Morgan) and Dagenham & Rainham (whose PPC is Simon Jones). Both Nicky and Simon have been early and active supporters of Bluelist. We will be selling raffle tickets at the event at £10 a ticket to help raise funds for their campaigns.

Exciting announcement about Bluelist

We have been considering for a while the best way to link our political, charities and corporate communities. During our development and workshops on the political system we have debated with members the best way to communicate what we want to achieve. As you know the heart of what we want to achieve is to develop a system that enables you to get more out of your career and organisations that you are involved with so that you can give more back to your communities and the world around you. We want to develop a place that enables you to advance your career and contribute to society through political and charitable causes in one space. We intend to make an announcement on our brand at the launch event."

If you wish to attend this event, please email to book your place. To find out more about bluelist, please go to the website

Thursday, August 02, 2007


Angela Watkinson MP has been kind enough to put together an entry for our blogspot in relation to Upminster....

"One of the things I like about Upminster is that it doesn’t change much – we like it the way it is. Certainly there have been changes since I first moved to Upminster town in 1965 – it still retained its village feel, with lots of individual shops who would accept a cheque without identification, because the shopkeepers knew most of their customers. We had a little cinema, where Somerfield is now, and primary aged children could walk to school unescorted. (Can you hear the Hovis tune?)

Change over the last 6 years is harder to define. People eat out much more these days, so the balance between restaurants and retail shops has changed. Our much loved land mark, Upminster windmill, has suffered storm damage but happily, repairs are already in hand. When restoration is complete, there will also be a visitors’ centre for schools. Local residents complain increasingly about anti social behaviour and PCSOs now assist the police in gathering information. We are all worried about further hospital closures but Upminster constituency continues to be a desirable place to live, with good schools and transport links to London which maintain the high house prices. Unlike most London constituencies, we are 50% Green Belt including some farms. Havering used to be called the Town and Country Borough and I think that describes it very well.

Upminster constituency used to be a series of villages which have gradually joined together over the years. My vision for the future is to upgrade the parts that need it whilst retaining their individual local character. Our churches, voluntary organisations and sports clubs are all well supported – it is simply a great place to live."

I hope to be able to post a few more items from other MP's and PPC's in the area in the near future.