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On the campaign trail

Richard Bailey hoping to turn Buckden blue What difference will Labour’s black week make at the local ballot boxes next week? I personally think the recent headlines has turned people off politics even more. But what does the man or woman on the street think? I joined Richard Bailey on the campaign trail in Buckden this weekend to find out. It is a pretty village and has a fabulous...
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My cover girl Marie

Marie Munro Max Clifford couldn’t have done better. One of my new clients Marie Munro is a cover girl in today’s Cambridge Evening News Living & Life supplement, as well as colour coverage on two inside pages. When we met at Cambridge Toastmasters and she told me about her work as a coach for teenagers, I knew we had to do some positive PR together. Marie also coaches teens in a...
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Should our ministers hug more?

Why not make today World Hug Day? It must be a fairly remote existence for those at the top. Maybe our beleaguered ministers need to take some take out for a bonding hug from time to time – and not with any floozy! They could get some practise this weekend at the Global World Hug Day which takes place in Nottingham on Sunday, planned to be “a group embrace of epic proportions”,...
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Don’t bungle bird flu, my MEP warns government

Tony Blair’s mind must have been firmly fixed on his Black Wednesday. Things couldn’t possibly get worse, he probably thought. Then along came bird flu. And right on my doorstep too, right in the heart of my MEP Robert Sturdy’s constituency in Norfolk. Being an early bird myself, I called him in Brussels at 6.15am (7.15am his time) to tell him the bad news. He had not yet been...
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Women on Top – why it’s not for me

How many networking groups does a PR woman need to belong to? I already belong to a couple of female only groups, plus one with men in suits, and am not a regular attender due to more pressing commitments. So when an invitation came along to the launch of Women on Top in Cambridge today, I wondered if this group had anything different to offer to tempt me to join. My first impression was that it...
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Ellee and Geoff’s blogging column takes off

Blogging is bound to take off in East Anglia now. Once a totally alien word, it will soon be THE buzzword as new enthusiasts sign up with blogger.com by the dozen. Ellee and Geoff’s second blog column has appeared in tonight’s Cambridge Evening News business supplement, which attracts a wealth of readers from local entrepeneurs, the movers, shakers and go-getters. We had virtually a...
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A visit from the Russians

I could understand why the Russian Federation wanted to know what I was up to. Here I am writing openly about David Milliband’s new ministerial website which he has disguised as a blog, only most of us are not fooled by it. And it has cost taxpayers a whopping £6,000 too. Then there is the headline hitting Shadow Minister (perhaps they think that means shady for other reasons too). But at...
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Are the UK’s leading green campaigners turning blue?

Even Google has gone green today. They must have heard about Jeremy Leggett and Tony Juniper’s visit to Cambridge yesterday. Jeremy sits on the government’s renewables advisory board. But he says nobody listens to him and he is in angry and frustrated at their lack of support. Tony is executive director of Friends of the Earth and insists he will force through a Private...
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The pressure’s on

The pressure’s on now I have been elevated to Iain Dale’s daily reading list of blogs. I am fairly high up too, nestled between Conservative Home Front Page and Guido’s award winning blog of parliamentary plots, rumours and conspiracy, due to the letter of my first name. Thanks Iain, I’m glad you enjoy my reports of this government’s mismanagement, as well as some...
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Is this the most awful picture you have ever seen?

Trudy’s ravaged foot Trudy and Malcolm at No 10. This is a picture of Trudy Lapinskis foot ravaged by a devastating neurological syndrome called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. According to her consultant, it is believed to be the worst case of its kind in the country. It’s impossible to believe that people in the United Kingdom, in this modern day and age, with our brilliant medical...
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Farmers could still wait months for farm payments

My MEP Robert Sturdy is today meeting farmers in his constituency in Norfolk and one subject will be at the top of the agenda – the shambolic handling by Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett over the new style farm support payments. Mrs Beckett has conceded that some payments will still be outstanding when the European Union’s deadline expires at the end of June, hence the...
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Charles Clarke faces tough time in Cambridge tonight

David Dimbley will he hosting Question Time in Cambridge this evening Home Secretary Charles Clarke Home Secretary Charles Clarke faces a tough time tonight when he appears on BBC’s Question Time which is being recorded live in Cambridge. Fellow guests include baby faced Shadow Chancellor George Osborne, the Lib Dem deputy leader Vincent Cable and journalist Janet Daley. Charles Clarke...
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Cherie Blair wouldn’t come clean about nappies either

Will baby Arthur have a “green” bottom? This PA pic was taken by a former colleague and friend Andrew Parsons What nappies did baby Leo wear? So blue is the new green, but is the blue brigade true to this? As press officer for East Anglia’s leading recycling roadshow Slim Your Bin, I once contacted Cherie Blair’s office in the run up to Nappy Week to ask if baby Leo used...
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Millions more of us are doing it..

Millions more of us are doing it, we simply can’t resist. Blogging is soaring to incredible new heights, according to Technorati with blogsphere now an incredible 60 times bigger than it was only three years ago. According to David Sifry’s excellent report on this, the blogosphere continues to grow at an amazing rate. Technorati currently tracks 35.3 Million weblogs, and numbers...
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Thanks to Iain Dale

My recent post bemoaning the loss of my daily newspaper delivery due to heavy handed nanny state legislation has been given a plug today by Iain Dale who was also incredulous. A good point was raised by Neil Craig about how it had helped boost the coffers of our young people who are wrapped in cotton wool by bureaucracy. It’s like another age old tradition that has come to an end. Thanks...
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