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Friday, February 29, 2008
  Results: Thursday 28th February 2008
Bromsgrove DC, Slideslow
Con 372 (33.9; -11.9), Ind 317 (28.9; +15.7), Lab 304 (27.7; +27.7), UKIP 104 (9.5; +9.5), [LD (0.0; -41.1)].
Majority 55. Turnout 28.8%. Con gain from LD. Last fought 2007.

Ellesmere Port and Neston DC, Westminster
Lab 227 (57.5; -11.0), Con 123 (31.1; -0.4), LD Hilary Chrusciezi 45 (11.4; +11.4).
Majority 104. Turnout not known. Lab hold. Last fought 2007.

#Hexham TC, Gilesgate
Con 179 (53.6), LD Paul Harrison 94 (28.1), Lab 61 (18.3).
Majority 85. Turnout 40.5%. Con hold.

Shetland UA, Lerwick South
Results not yet available.

Sutton LBC, Cheam
Con 1541 (45.8; -12.0), LD Wendy Mathys 1454 (43.3; +3.9), UKIP 260 (7.7; +7.7), Lab 106 (3.2; +0.5).
Majority 87. Turnout 44.0%. Con hold. Last fought 2006.

Totton Eling TC, Totton South
LD Bill Catt 660 (53.4), Con 492 (39.8), Lab 85 (6.9).
Majority 168. Turnout 26.4%. LD hold.

Tynedale DC, Hexham Gilesgate
Con 178 (53.3; -24.1), LD Paul Harrison 96 (28.7; +6.1), Lab 60 (18.0; +18.0).
Majority 82. Turnout 40.4%. Con hold. Last fought 2007.
 
Thursday, February 28, 2008
  EDM 1059 - makes a rapid start
This is the EDM that I have tabled in discussions with the Care Leavers Association. Their press release said:

The Care Leavers’ Association, the only organisation in the UK that represents all adults who were in care as children, notes with anger and concern, but not surprise, the revelations of a death, and widespread abuse, in the Haut de la Garenne children’s home in Jersey.


Many of our members are the victims of physical and sexual abuse in care in the UK during past decades. Despite several inquiries, there has never been a proper accounting for the abuse that took place across the United Kingdom in the twentieth century and there remain many unanswered questions. The Jersey case is the latest in a long line of abuse scandals afflicting the child care system in the UK. That is why we fully support the following Early Day Motion tabled in the House of Commons on 27th February 2008 by John Hemming M.P:


This House notes with sadness the revelations from Jersey on children in care; recognises that English local authorities have placed children in Jersey; recalls that there have been numerous proven reports of abuse in care in England; endorses the call of the Care Leavers Association for a Public Inquiry into abuse in care; and calls for the law to be changed to ensure that children can speak out about their treatment in care in all circumstances prior to adulthood.


We note the words of former Jersey Health Minister, Stuart Syvret, that this discovery is “not surprising”. Nor is it surprising that both Senator Syvret and former care worker Simon Bellwood were forced out of their posts for doggedly pursuing abuse allegations on Jersey. Denial and cover-up have been a relentless feature of the history of past abuse in the child care system in the UK. In the circumstances, the claim of the Jersey First Minister that “children today in Jersey are safe from this type of abuse” is complacent beyond belief. This was the same First Minister who led calls for the sacking of Stuart Syvret for his courageous stand in revealing past abuse.


We call for a Commission of Inquiry into past abuse in the UK child care system; the evidence of adults who spent time in care as children should be at the centre of the inquiry. We are not confident that current safeguards are adequate for protecting children from abuse, in Jersey or elsewhere. Until there has been proper recognition and acknowledgement by the State of the inadequacies of the past, there must remain major question marks over the present.


It has managed 6 signatures on Day 0. That is before the EDM is printed and circulated. EDMs are circulated on blue paper every day if they are tabled or have new signatures and also once a week on the same basis (Wednesday). There are, however, a few MPs that look at tabled EDMs before they are printed (and before they go on EDMI).
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
  Stuart Syvret, Jersey and Coverups in England
I have linked to the web log of Stuart Syvret who has managed to kick off an investigation in Jersey against the cover up of child abuse that went on for many years.

He identifies effectively how cover-ups operate and how people in power aim to conceal things as a first response. We get exactly the same in England. The power of the Courts is used to stop people speaking out. I have tabled with the cooperation of the Care Leavers Association a call for a public inquiry into abuse in Care.

We cannot allow the practitioners to continue to operate in an unaccountable manner. There are all sorts of watchdogs that exist, but they are mainly toothless and normally involved in continual stream of cover ups. [The exceptional report of Ofsted recently was sadly an exception rather than the norm.]

"Lessons will be learned", "no one is to blame", "the death of a child could not be prevented". All of these are heard time and time again. In the mean time people suffer (children and adults).

Accountability means finding out what happened not getting one of the establishment in to do another whitewash report. The advantage of a public inquiry is that it has traceability. We do need to make sure that is is not another Justice Cover-up put in charge of any inquiry.

I have now tabled an EDM and am working with the Care Leavers Association on pressurising the government to have a public inquiry into abuse in care. This should include looking at the realities of the RAD test and other aspects.

This House notes with sadness the revelations from Jersey on children in care; recognises that English local authorities have placed children in Jersey; recalls that there have been numerous proven reports of abuse in care in England; endorses the call of the Care Leavers Association for a Public Inquiry into abuse in care; and calls for the law to be changed to ensure that children can speak out about their treatment in care in all circumstances prior to adulthood.
 
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
  Jersey - don't forget about the links to England
It is important to remember that Jersey is not isolated from England's child care system. Children from the mainland have been placed in Jersey. The secrecy of the family courts makes it difficult to find what has happened to children who disappear or indeed to identify patterns.

I am aware of allegations of abuse today in the English child care system where the threat of contempt of court proceedings is being used to allow allegations of abuse to go uninvestigated.

Those paid to operate the system claim the secrecy protects the children. The secrecy actually protects those that operate the system. We have had so many cases where children in care have been abused there really has to be some point at which people say "this is unacceptable and cannot continue".

I arrived in my office in London today to yet another letter alleging abuse of children in care where their birth parents are rendered powerless by the secret family courts. This is just wrong.

There is also a flow in social workers between Jersey and England. Given what is being revealed about Jersey and the systematic nature of the abuse this does require what the care leavers association ask for viz a proper inquiry.
 
Friday, February 22, 2008
  Electronic Voting in Holland
The link is to a story as to how it was proven that electronic voting is unreliable and opaque in Holland.
 
  A youtube video about the CAFCASS report
 
  Results: Thursday 21st February 2008.
Camden LBC, Fortune Green
LD Nancy Jirira 1206 (51.5; +4.0), Con 551 (23.5; +1.6), Lab 405 (17.3; -1.7), Green 178 (7.6; -4.0).
Majority 655. Turnout 30.2%. LD hold. Last fought 2006.

Corby BC, Oakley Vale
Con 405 (49.9; +6.6), Lab 267 (32.9; -0.5), LD Scott Ponton 140 (17.2; +3.0), [Ind (0.0; -9.1)].
Majority 138. Turnout 18.7%. Con hold. Last fought 2007.

Dartford BC, Princes
Lab 592 (50.2; +9.8), Con 348 (29.5; +5.2), English Democrats 198 (16.8; -4.9), LD Amanda Martin 22 (1.9; +1.9), UKIP 19 (1.6; -12.1).
Majority 244. Turnout 27%. Lab hold. Last fought 2007.

Perth and Kinross UA, Highland
SNP 1891 (59.5%; +1.0%)
Conservative 940 (29.6%; +4.0%)
Lib Dem (Andrew Kenton) 229 ( 7.2%; - 6.3%)
Labour 97 (3.0%; +3.0%)
Independent - no candidate (0.0%; -2.5%)
Turnout 43.6% SNP Hold. SNP win on first preferences

Prescot TC, Central
LD Steven Yates 64 (57.1), Lab 48 (42.9).
Majority 16. Turnout 16%. LD hold.
Further result from 14.2.08 (courtesy of Jim Mochnacz)
Street TC, Street North
Elaine Penton elected unopposed.
LD hold.
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
  Keran Henderson - campaign visits HoC
Along with Dominic Grieve I went to meet the campaigners about Keran Henderson today.

There was another SBS case which went the right way last week. The problem with this system is it is essential random, but the outcomes for the people concerned are quite serious.

The link is the campaign link.
 
  Sometimes Asbstaining is the right thing to do even at midnight
Yesterday was the Northern Rock debate. The obvious thing to do is has been for some time to nationalise the bank to give it stability whilst aiming to return it to the private sector as a going concern.

Northern Rock faces some key challenges in that it is paying a penal interest rate to the Bank of England so it may not be cash flow positive. This is something the tories have ignored in their silly idea of putting it into administration. If Northern Rock doesn't pay the loan interest then the government would have to fund it. Hence administration is a really silly idea.

The debate was planned to go to Midnight and we were intending to support the government. In the last two hours, however, it turns out that noone knew what is happening with "Granite" which holds perhaps half the assets. Hence we ended up in the unusual position of abstaining because the government had not got enough information for a decision.

It remains that Nationalisation as passed yesterday is almost certainly the right action. It is a nuisance staying on the parliamentary estate until Midnight just to not vote. That's life, however. I started on the estate at about 7.50am and left at 12.15am.

It is sad, however, that 6,000 jobs in Newcastle with a Bank seem more important to the government that 6,000 jobs in Birmingham with Rover. Peter Luff seems to want to run a separate DBERR Rover Inquiry. I think this is a good idea.
 
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
  The Tories: Between a (Northern) Rock and a hard place
The basic reason that Northern Rock has to be nationalised is that otherwise the government has no control and has to pick up the tab. The worst financial position for the tax payer.

The tories have without thinking through the end game decided against Nationalisation.

First they talked about Administration. This is a fire sale guaranteed to lose the government the most money.

They are now talking about Chapter 11. Actually this raises an interesting question about insolvency procedures. I think we do need to review the law in the UK. However, Chapter 11 puts the creditors (the tax payers) in a weak situation and although it is not a Fire Sale there is some smoke in the corner that requires rapid action. Hence this is a better bet (although we don't have the law in this country for this) than administration, but only slightly better.

Hence they are in a position between Nationalising Northern Rock and the Hard Place of the Taxpayer being out of control and losing billions.

I don't think this will do their economic credibility any good.
 
Sunday, February 17, 2008
  Jessica Randall - the culture of cover up
The link is to an article in The Telegraph about the death of a baby in Northampton. As usual the local "safeguarding committee" conclude that there was nothing that could be done.

At least Ofsted are not part of the complacent cover-up consensus.
 
Friday, February 15, 2008
  That Ofsted Report
The link gives Ofsted's study into how Cafcass do their job - viz spectacularly badly.

The point is that judges have tolerated such shoddy work. Most of the inspectors that work in the child protection arena are studiously careful to never blame anyone for bad work.

In this case three cheers for Ofsted.
 
  Ofsted inspection of CafCass
The link is to Ofsted's analysis of cafcass which includes statements such as:

In another case an 11-month-old child was said to be too young to appreciate “the political significance of his circumstances”. Far too many reports were based on opinion, not evidence, and many were full of errors. Analysis of facts was poor, with advisers too often jumping to conclusions. In many cases inspectors had no idea how Cafcass advisers reached their recommendations.

It is interesting how CSCI never picked up on any of this.
 
  Results: Thursday 14th February 2008.
East Staffordshire DC, Stretton
Con 661 (36.9; -11.6), Lab 366 (20.4; -7.2), BNP 327 (18.2; +18.2), Popular
Alliance 233 (13.0; -10.9), LD Bryan Ambrose 205 (11.4; +11.4).
Majority 295. Turnout 28%. Con hold. Last fought 2007.

Moray UA, Elgin City South
SNP 884 (35.1; +1.9), Ind 845 (33.5; +10.5), Lab 459 (18.2; -10.6), Ind 278
(11.0; +11.0), Con 223 (8.8; -6.3), LD Peter Horton 53 (2.1; +2.1), Scottish
Senior Citizens Unity Party 37 (1.5; +1.5), UKIP 20 (0.8; +0.8), Ind 16 (0.6;
+0.6), Ind 1 (0.0;).
Majority 39. Turnout 26.8%. SNP gain from Ind. Last fought 2007.

Preston DC, Tulketh
Lab 423 (34.3; -14.6), LD Rick Seymour 400 (32.4; +15.3), Con 292 (23.6;
-10.4), Ind 84 (6.8; +6.8), Green 36 (2.9; +2.9).
Majority 23. Turnout 23.0%. Lab hold. Last fought 2007.

Waltham Forest LBC, Leyton
LD Winnie Smith 1360 (56.0; +12.8), Lab 695 (28.6; -14.1), Ind 176 (7.2;
+7.2), Con 108 (4.4; -2.1), Green 90 (3.7; -3.9).
Majority 665. Turnout 27.8%. LD gain from Lab. Last fought 2006.

Further result from 7th February 2008

Northallerton TC, Central
Ind 263, Ind 128.
Majority 135. Turnout 11.4%. Ind hold.
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
  Lord Rees-Mogg's article in the Mail on Sunday
I have been unable to find this article in the MoS so I am reposting it.

THERE are extreme occasions on which public law and private conscience collide. Some of them, as in the cases of Socrates or Charles I, end in martyrdom. Some lead to imprisonment, though it is a terrible thing to imprison a man for doing what he believes is his duty.

Almost invariably, this collision of law and private duty tends to discredit the law and the judges concerned.

No one now defends the judges of Socrates, though there are still some admirers of the English dictator Oliver Cromwell. All human sympathy flows towards the man of conscience who is inevitably seen as the victim. Law itself becomes suspect, because it leads to consequences that seem to be horribly unjust.

Such a case was reported last week. A 56-year-old businessman of good character appealed against his prison sentence of 16 months for helping his wife flee British social services because she feared she would not be allowed to keep her unborn baby. The appeal was rejected by Mr Justice Bennett in the High Court.

The businessman's wife had been separated from her previous husband in 2004 after a 'volatile and violent' marriage.

At that time, her son from that marriage was taken into temporary care by the local authority, until she had 'sorted her life out'. After her remarriage she asked for the return of her son, but was refused by social services. A Family Court judge upheld this refusal. At some point, she was led to believe social services would take away the unborn infant.

There can be no reports of such cases in the Family Courts. We know as much as we do only because the eventual appeal against sentence took the form of a criminal appeal that could be reported in the normal way.

There are numerous questions to be asked. They would affect public confidence in the decisions of social services and of the Family Courts. Is it true that the original agreement was for a voluntary period in care? Did social services change this to an enforced adoption? If so, why? Did the son, now aged eight, agree with the proposed enforced adoption? As he subsequently ran away with his mother, one can assume that he was reluctant to be adopted.

None of these questions can be settled because the Family Court proceedings are kept secret 'in order to protect the child'. It is questionable whether secrecy protects the child threatened with separation from his or her parents.

The mother made contact with her son at school; he absconded from his foster home and met his mother and stepfather and they went to France. The husband then returned home alone and was arrested and charged with the abduction of the boy. The mother has since given birth to a premature baby.

The High Court has now rejected his appeal against sentence. Mr Justice Bennett acknowledged the 'powerful emotions' involved, but seemed to regard them as a reason for severity rather than a mitigation. He observed that 'those who act must expect a prison sentence because a real punishment is called for and to deter others who might be subject to the same pressures'. The 'pressures', it may be noted, are the feelings any father might have at the enforced adoption of his stepson, and the possible seizure of his own child at birth.

Mr Justice Bennett summed up the issue in these terms: 'Such proceedings, taken by a local authority, must be respected by parents.'

How would any of us react if a local authority attempted to take away our children in order to hand them over for permanent 'enforced adoption'? Such a policy may be justified in some cases, but it is an outrage against any family.

Most people have had their own collisions with local authorities on matters such as housing, planning or rubbish collection. Some agents of some local authorities are well-qualified, helpful people. Others, such as obstructive junior staff, are not.

Some barristers do not have great confidence in the Family Courts because of the secrecy in which they operate. One hears of relaxed procedures, which afford little protection to the parents — or, indeed, to children. One hears of a loose approach to the evidence, an undue reliance on hearsay, and an absence of any firm assumption of innocence.

Secrecy breeds miscarriages of justice. Public scrutiny is the real test of the quality of justice. Almost all major miscarriages of justice in recent years have come to light only because the courts were open to the public.

One cannot discover whether the Family Courts' standards are appropriate, because they are secret. Families are threatened with imprisonment if they go public in the fight against the removal of their children. That is a gross injustice.

There are also questions of class and status. It sometimes happens that there are enforced adoptions in middle-class cases. But they are much rarer. Many low-income parents do not carry the social authority or self-assurance to defend their children against possibly unjust social services rulings.

On average, children who have been in care are more likely to be school truants, more likely to leave school early, less likely to attend higher education, more likely to become addicted to drugs or alcohol, more likely to be abused, more likely to die young, more likely to become homeless and far more likely to be in prison. There should never be a bias in favour of compulsory care.

The real issue is secrecy. Justice cannot be done behind closed doors. For most of us, the businessman who risked prison to protect his wife and children is the hero.

That view may be mistaken, but secrecy means the social services, and Mr Justice Bennett, cannot justify their apparently arbitrary decision.

Lord William Rees-Mogg is a former editor of the Times.
 
  Adoption Apology
The link is to the apology about wrongful forced adoption in Australia.

We are some way off getting the same apology in the UK. I think, however, that in time it will come.
 
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
  BBC DNS seems awry
I don't know if anyone else has had this problem, but I cannot get the BBC domains (mainly news.bbc.co.uk) to resolve.

The BBC have four name servers. I have tried each of them in turn and they don't give out news.bbc.co.uk or www.bbc.co.uk although they do give out other domains.
 
Saturday, February 09, 2008
  Mum on the run speaks out
The link is to a Daily Mail story about a Mother who is on the run with two children somewhere in Europe.

Why the judges and government think this persecution of individuals is acceptable I don't understand.
 
Friday, February 08, 2008
  Results: Thursday 7.2.08
East Lindsey DC, Roughton
Ind 383 (64.0; +20.6), Con 215 (36.0; -7.5), [LD (0.0; -13.2)].
Majority 168. Turnout 32.7%. Ind gain from Con. Last fought 2007.

Great Yarmouth BC, Bradwell South and Hopton
Con 475 (37.4; -15.8), LD Aleck Buchanan 397 (31.2; +31.2), Lab 254 (20.0; -7.9), UKIP 116 (9.1; -9.8), Green 29 (2.3; +2.3).
Majority 78. Turnout not known. Con hold. Last fought 2007.

Hertfordshire CC, Harpenden South West
Con 2161 (66.6; +10.4), LD Alison Steer 819 (25.3; -0.4), Lab 153 (4.7; -7.2), Green 110 (3.4; -2.8).
Majority 1342. Turnout 30.2%. Con hold. Last fought 2005

Kirkburton PC, Kirkheaton
LD Alison Munro 455 (70.3), Con 107 (16.5), Ind 85 (13.1).
Majority 348. Turnout 20.9%. LD gain from Con.

Lancashire CC, Thornton Cleveleys Central
Con 1536 (48.3; +7.7), Lab 934 (29.4; -6.1), UKIP 489 (15.4; +9.5), LD Philip Pitman 220 (6.9; -11.1).
Majority 602. Turnout not known. Con hold. Last fought 2005.

Newcastle-under-Lyme DC, Butt Lane
Lab 295 (35.2; +7.9), LD Dennis Richards 264 (31.5; -8.0), Con 161 (19.2; +10.5), UKIP 117 (14.0; -2.3), [Ind (0.0; -8.2)].
Majority 31. Turnout not known. Lab hold. Last fought 2007.

Portsmouth UA, Copnor
LD Andy Fraser 1835 (55.8; +38.4), Con 904 (27.5; -18.6), Lab 349 (10.6; -8.2), English Democrats 117 (3.6; -13.6), UKIP 57 (1.7; +1.7), Ind 28 (0.9; +0.9).
Majority 931. Turnout 33.9%. LD gain from Con. Last fought 2007.

Poulton with Fearnhead PC, Cinnamon Brow
LD Leanne Dysart 259 (63.5), Lab 149 (36.5).
Majority 110. Turnout not known. LD gain from Lab.

Totnes TC, Town
LD Tyrone Harewood elected unopposed on 11.1.08. LD gain from Independent.

Trowbridge TC, Trowbridge North East
LD Glyn Bridges 509 (52.2), Con 467 (47.8).
Majority 42. Turnout 23.0%. LD gain from Con.

West Devon BC, Tavistock North
LD 812 (59.3; +33.7), Con 425 (31.0; +4.2), Green 133 (9.7; -5.0), [UKIP (0.0; -12.3)], [Ind (0.0; -20.5)].
Majority 387. Turnout 33.9%. LD gain from Con. Last fought 2007.

Wiltshire CC, Holt and Paxcroft
Ind 1075 (41.0; +6.7), LD Trevor Carbin 994 (37.9; -0.1), Con 458 (17.4; -10.2), Lab 53 (2.0; +2.0), Green 45 (1.7; +1.7).
Majority 81. Turnout 37.0%. Ind gain from LD. Last fought 2005.

Wiltshire CC, Trowbridge East
Con 1363 (49.2; +17.4), LD Thomas James 1176 (42.5; -7.5), Green 229 (8.3; +8.3), [Lab (0.0; -18.2)].
Majority 187. Turnout 19.2%. Con gain from LD. Last fought 2005.

Wycombe DC, Marlow North and West
Con 928 (61.1; +3.6), LD Carol Cummins 382 (25.1; -8.4), Lab 209 (13.8; +4.9).
Majority 546. Turnout 22.6%. Con hold. Last fought 2007.

Wyre DC, Victoria
Con 769 (51.9; -10.1), Lab 339 (22.9; +1.1), BNP 222 (15.0; +15.0), UKIP 151 (10.2; -6.0).
Majority 430. Turnout not known. Con hold. Last fought 2007.
 
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
  Wot! No Labour Party
Where are Labour
People who recognise the characters of Birmingham Politics will see Cllr Paul Tilsley addressing the empty rows of Labour Council Seats. Cllrs Len Gregory and Mike Whitby are looking at the camera.

Labour will say that they did not turn up as a matter of principle. Why then did two Labour Councillors turn up to support a Labour candidate for Lord Mayor - for 5 minutes, but no Labour Councillors turn up to represent the citizens of Birmingham.

They can have it one way or another. They cannot just turn up because they want to protect their own interests, but refuse to turn up to protect the interests of the Citizens of Birmingham.
 
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
  Industrial action effects in Yardley

|CONSTITUENCY OFFICE |OPEN | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
| | | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|LEISURE | | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|Stechford Cascades |Open | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|Fox Hollies Leisure |Open | |
|Centre | | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|Sheldon Heath CLC | |Closed (affected by |
| | |school caretakers) |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|Yardley School CLC |Likely to be open in the| |
| |evening- will confirm | |
| |later | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|Cockshut Hill CLC |Likely to be open in the| |
| |evening- will confirm | |
| |later | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
| | | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|LIBRARIES | | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|Acocks Green |Open - but service to | |
| |the public is limited to| |
| |the community room | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|South Yardley | |Closed for repairs |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|Sheldon |Open | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|Kents Moat |Open | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|Glebe Farm | |Closed |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
| | | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|COMMUNITY CENTRES | | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|Sheldon CC |Open | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|Fox Hollies Forum |Open | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|Meadway |Open | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|Mapledene School - |Open | |
|community services | | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|Hobmore School - |Open | |
|community facility | | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
| | | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|NEIGHBOURHOOD OFFICES | | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|Stechford |Open - but offering a | |
| |reduced service due to | |
| |staff numbers | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|
|Acocks Green |Open - but offering a | |
| |reduced service due to | |
| |staff numbers | |
|------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|


It is sad that people are taking industrial action. The council is required by law to implement a pay and grading review. In Birmingham we have done a better job than average with only 14% losers. Average is 20% and Wolverhampton is 24%.

It is not possible to have a review without losers. In any event there have been some silly rates of pay.
 
Saturday, February 02, 2008
  Government Lies and BV163
The government are now saying that the "adoption target" ceased in 2006. For year 1/4/5-31/3/6 there was BV163 which was adoptions from care. This remained in year 6-7 and 7-8, but was redefined to include special guardianships. It is misleading to say that the target ended when it was redefined.
 
Friday, February 01, 2008
  Parliamentary Language
The link is to Greg Mulholland's comments in Hansard as to the nature of a Labour Minister. That was an interesting, effective and novel way of getting headlines.

I tried once to use the word egregious in a parliamentary petition, but was told is was too intemperate.

Labour MPs are trying to be sanctimonious about this at the moment. There is a good point that debate should be about debate rather than insults, but some Labour MPs should look for more important issues to spend time on.
 
  Election Results: Thursday 31st January 2008
Calne TC, Lickhill
LD Glenis Ansell 278 (35.1; +9.3), Con 256 (32.4; -7.7), UKIP 150 (19.0; -14.0), BNP 84 (10.6; +10.6), Green 23 (2.9; +2.9).
Majority 22. Turnout 25%. LD gain from UKIP.

Kennet DC, Upavon
Con 218 (45.8; -14.5), UKIP 106 (22.3; -0.8), LD Fiona Hornby 87 (18.3; +1.7), Lab 38 (8.0; +8.0), Green 27 (5.7; +5.7).
Majority 112. Turnout 31.4%. Con hold. Last fought 2007.

North Lanarkshire UA, Kilsyth
Lab 1855 (63.4; -0.9), SNP 891 (30.4; +2.6), Green 66 (2.3; +2.3), Con 50 (1.7; -3.2), SSP 48 (1.6; -1.4), LD Stuart Douglas 17 (0.6; +0.6).
Majority 964. Turnout 32.1%. Lab hold. Last fought 2007.
 

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