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Alzheimer book wins Orwell Prize

Congratulations to Andrea Gillies for winning the coveted Orwell Book Prize, Keeper: Living with Nancy. A journey into Alzheimer’s. It’s not a sexy subject, and normally this award is given for a political book. But this true, poignant swept judges off their feet. Maybe they thought that one day it could be them, just like it could be us. Maybe they have a loved one battling this...
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Is it hard for MPs to confess they are gay?

David Laws is not in judgement for being gay – that is hardly a scandal these days for MPs – though this might be the case for Premier football players. I accept he wanted to have a private life and not tell all and sundry about his lover James Lundie. But what people don’t like is when MPs who have been caught out trying to manipulate the meaning of words in the rule book. In...
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An evening at the Masonic Lodge, and charity shops

I spent an evening at the gracious Cambridge Masonic Lodge this week where I was presented with a cheque for £1,250 on behalf of Headway Cambridgeshire, one of many local charities to benefit from the generosity of City & University of Cambridge Masonic Charitable Trust Donations totaling £58,250. They are keen to let the wider world knew of their philanthropic spirit, denying any secrecy...
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Grassroot Tories voice concerns over Lib Dem-Conservative coalition

Grassroot Tories from my association in South East Cambridgeshire are to meet our MP James Paice to discuss their concerns about the Lib Dem-Conservative coalition. Some Conservatives are still anxious about this new partnership (I expect Lib Dem supporters are too), and they will be meeting Jim, our Agriculture Minister, next Friday, 4 June to question him about it. An email from our...
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How does a new MP juggle family life?

Julian Sturdy, newly elected MP for York Outer, talks to The Yorkshire Post about his new life and how he will juggle family life with his parliamentary duties in Westminster. Julian Sturdy: Welcome to Westminster – it’s a new world for rookie MP Premium Article ! Your account has been frozen. For your available options click the below button. Options Premium Article ! To read this...
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In memory of Mutley the Dog

Like other bloggers, I am shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Mutley the Dog, whose ramblings verging on the absurb never failed to amuse. He was only 46. His devastated partner Kate left a comment one of my previous posts this morning breaking the bad news: To all readers of Mutleythe dogsdayout I am so terribly sorry to break this news: Rob, the author here on blogger of mutley the...
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Won’t Fergie ever learn?

If something seems to good to be true, it is. As Fergie should know and has just learnt to her horror from this News of the World sting where she was caught trying to cash £500,000 for selling access to Prince Andrew in his role as trade envoy.  Prince Andrew had no knowledge about this. Here are some extracts from the “deal” she hoped to strike: FERGIE: I could bring you great...
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Meet Norfolk’s Tory MPs

It’s great to know that Norfolk is in great hands with our Tory MPs, from left, doe-eyed Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North and a newly appointed Conservative whip; new girl Liz Truss, MP for South West Norfolk; grandee Keith Simpson, MP for Broadland, who has held many distinguished roles; new boys George Freeman, representing Mid Norfolk and Brandon Lewis for Great Yarmouth (I borrowed...
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Diane Abbott enters Labour’s leadership contest

Labour’s leadership contest has become very interesting all of a sudden now the contenders include more than just white, middle-aged men, including brothers to boot, with little to differentiate between them, according to Labour’s left wing MP Diane Abbott, who has just thrown her hat in the ring. She insists she is serious about this, and that none of the current frontrunners in the...
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Should cycle helmets be made compulsory?

This week is Headway’s national Action for Brain Injury Week and one of the visitors to our stall at Addenbrooke’s Hospital was Dr Mary Archer, chairman of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I was so impressed. She has wonderful people skills and took great interest in our work, thanking everybody personally for their involvement. We all thought she was terrific....
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A new dawn for our democracy

A huge weight rests on the shoulders of these 226 newly elected MPs in shaping our future democracy to modernise and help restore public trust in Parliament; they make up more than a third of the 650 MPs in the House of Commons. The new MPs know this too, and that their days there could be numbered if boundary changes are pushed through to reduce the number of MPs by 10% by the next Parliament....
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Liam Byrne’s tasteless words – no money left, good luck!

Quote of the day: On April 6th, the day that Gordon Brown called the election, Liam Byrne,  wrote this email for his successor in the Treasury: “Dear Chief Secretary, I’m afraid there is no money. Kind regards – and good luck! Liam.” He might regard those tasteless words as a joke, but his crass sentiment sums up the arrogance of Labour and why the country faces £6...
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Hazel Blears for Speaker?

Nadine Dorries reminds us that the process for choosing a new Speaker of the House of Commons starts tomorrow, the first day Parliament returns to business. She would clearly like to see the back of John Bercow, reminding us how he was chosen almost entirely by the Labour Party to “stick it to the Tories”, and states: The Speaker will need to be authoritative, wise, knowledgeable and...
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Will Liz Jones take up those kind offers to bail her out of debt?

I too am amazed at the kindness of 4,100 readers who wrote to columnist Liz Jones offering her cash and accommodation after she wrote about her debts and depression. The generosity bestowed on this woman who is employed by the Daily Mail and makes a living by rubbishing her husband (now an ex-husband) and the rural community where she lives (she believes her home was shot at for barbed comments...
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A truly historic day

Who would have believed a week ago that a smiling David Cameron and Nick Clegg would be standing side by side outside 10 Downing Street sealing a new coalition government for all the world to see. It is the start of a new democracy as a result of the people’s choice which clearly wanted no more Labour and Gordon Brown in government, though there was insufficient Conservative support for a...
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