Standing to be the Southampton Test MP

Standing to be the Southampton Test MP

Last night I was selected as the Conservative candidate for Southampton Test at next year’s General Election. Really honoured to be chosen and will work hard to become a good constituency MP.

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Conservatives Oppose Labour Plans to Charge for Green Waste Collections

Conservatives Oppose Labour Plans to Charge for Green Waste Collections

Local Conservatives are fighting Labour plans to charge up to £55 a year for green waste collections in Southampton, a service which was previously free.Council officers have warned the Labour Administration that their charges will hit recycling rates in the city; with an estimated 3,000 tonnes of previously recycled garden waste now either going to landfill or incineration. It is thought that 25,000 household which previously used the free garden sack service will not now sign up to the new charges, reducing Southampton recycling rates by …

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The Prime Minister Commits to In – Out EU Referendum

The Prime Minister Commits to In – Out EU Referendum

Campaigning for a EU Referendum at last year’s Conservative Party Conference

Today’s speech by the Prime Minister was truly historic and marks a watershed in Britain’s relationship with Europe. The British people will be given a say on whether they wish to remain in the EU. I was not alive when Britain last voted on Europe and only those who are at least 55 today had a say when the country was last given a vote in 1975.The vast majority of the public are thoroughly unhappy …

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Conservatives Save The Weekly Bin Collections

Local Conservatives have saved the weekly bin collections in Southampton, despite Labour’s best efforts to axe the service! Labour announced earlier this month that the weekly bin collections would go if a bid submitted to government by the previous Conservative Council was unsuccessful and have put a dozen bin men on notice of redundancy. This was despite their last minute pre-election pledge not to cut the bins. Conservatives have been lobbying the government over recent months to provide extra funds for the city which will not only …

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Weekly Bin Collections Must Stay

Weekly Bin Collections Must Stay

Local Conservatives are committed to keeping the weekly bin collections and want to see more recycling in the city. In our manifesto we pledged to keep residual waste bin collections weekly and before the May elections we submitted a multi million pound bid to the government for extra money to fund a new FREE kerbside glass collection service.By contrast, Labour have refused to rule out axing the weekly bin collections. As recently as September, Labour said publicly that the service might be cut despite their last …

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Labour Need To Honest About City Council Finances

My Letter in today’s Daily Echo regarding Southampton City Council’s finances:

Dear Sir
 
Labour Councillor, Simon Letts complains that previous Conservative Council mismanaged the council’s finances (Echo Letters 22nd October). In fact the previous Administration delivered a £6.9M revenue under spend in the last municipal year, presented a balanced capital budget and had in place a robust plan for dealing with the financial challenges faced by the council in the years ahead. 
On the 11th July at the Full Council meeting, Councillor Letts acknowledged the under spend publicly …

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Southampton Labour are in Chaos

The new Labour Council Administration in Southampton is in total chaos. Labour were due this week to publish their budget for the coming year but at the eleventh hour have delayed the announcement by a month. Just days after agreeing £2.8M of pay rises for council staff, Labour have admitted that they have no idea how they are going to pay for it and balance the books next year.Since May Labour have failed to get to grips with the difficult finances of the city council. …

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Massive Expansion of Nursery Provision Planned for Southampton

The trade unions in Southampton are deliberately misleading and trying to frighten local residents ahead of the local elections on 3rd May. Unions have flooded the city with bill boards suggesting that nurseries are under threat. These bill boards have only been put up in Southampton, Birmingham and London and are part of the union campaign to unseat the current Conservative Council locally and buy an election victory for the Labour Party.In Southampton nursery provision is NOT under threat and is in fact due to …

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Labour Plans to Scrap the Weekly Bin Collections

Labour Plans to Scrap the Weekly Bin Collections

Cllr Michael Ball, the Conservative Candidate for Freemantle promises to protect the weekly bin collections & to work to raise recycling

The front page of today’s Southern Daily Echo features plans by Southampton’s Labour group to scrap weekly bin collections if they win the local elections in May.

I have long campaigned to keep the weekly collections in Southampton and as a Freemantle Ward councillor I know they are essential to many of the residents I represent. Bi Weekly collections have been implemented in some parts …

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Conservative Party Political Broadcast Lists Areas Where The Government Has Delivered on the Tory Manifesto