Google+

Off to Nottingham uni

I’m taking my son David to the open day at Nottingham University today. I can still remember him on his first day at school. He had just turned four and was the youngest boy in his class. I was the one left standing at the school gates feeling bereft. So how am I going to feel when he flies the nest for good?  And where did those last 12 years go to? David wants to do...
read more

Conservative women and Africa

Gordon Brown is not the only one to include Africa on his agenda by appointing Mark Malloch Brown as a new minister for Africa, Asia and the UN. It is a hot topic which will be debated at the Conservative Women’s Organisation’s conference in November. The Environment and Women as Peacemakers are also very topical issues which will be discussed. The sparkling...
read more

The missing – Damien Nettles

...
read more

Will Miliband blog about foreign affairs?

I did have some belief that Miliband’s heart was in the right place as Environment Secretary, trying to undo some of the considerable wrongs created by his predecessor, the inept Margaret Beckett. She certainly deserved to get the push. Although Miliband’s blog came in for much criticism for being nothing other than a ministerial post, which it largely was, he did keep...
read more

The sad story of Grace

I heard a tragic story today about a young woman of 26 called Grace who visited her parents in Cambridge recently. For some reason she was pushing a car when she fell and landed flat on her chest. She later contracted pneumonia and died afterwards of septicaemia – all this happened within the space of two-and-a-half weeks. I find it incredible that a fit and healthy young woman...
read more

Blair’s Question Time may continue

Although Prime Minister’s Question Time may have come to an end for Tony Blair, the police have also put more questions to him, possibly in the last week, in the cash-for-honours scandal. Could there be more to come? Could he be called as a key witness if/when charges are made? It will be interesting to see what changes Gordon Brown introduces for party funding and honours.
read more

Robert Sturdy challenges EU mercury inconsistency

MEP Robert Sturdy has asked the European Commission to explain how it can justify enforcing the use of energy saving light bulbs which contain mercury, while at the same time banning barometers for this very same reason, an inconsistency which was highlighted by bloggers in their comments about this. Robert has fired off some questions to Commissioners Stavros Dimas...
read more

The missing – Jessica Foster

Glendene Grant has asked me to publicise the case of her missing daughter, Jessica Foster, who was last seen in March 2006 in North Las Vegas when she was 21. She said: “We need to have everyone know who Jessie Foster is. We need to find her and bring her home. We need to make people aware of Jessie and that she is missing, and that her case is being investigated as a...
read more

Cherie’s last words

Tony Blair’s exit from 10 Downing Street will be immortalised by his wife’s undignified final blast at the press: “I don’t think I will miss you lot”. If Cherie feels aggrieved about her media coverage, she has herself to blame. She started off with a clean slate, just like Sarah Brown does now. I remember her refusal to tell anyone if her baby Leo had been...
read more

Why Quentin Davies is a dead duck

I watched Quentin Davies on Newsnight last night and what struck me most was how he had not even thought through his political future as a Labour MP. Asked if he was likely to stand as a Labour candidate in his constituency of Grantham and Stamford in the next general election, he said he had no idea. He has clearly not decided what happens next. Perhaps his admiration of Gordon Brown will have...
read more

The missing – Raluca Denisa David

Raluca Denisa David mysteriously vanished this year on 25th May in Greece; poignantly, it was International Missing Children’s Day. According to reports, the 13-year-old girl disappeared in Kypseli, Greece. I am not sure if this is Kypseli, in central Athens, or Kypseli, a village on the island of Santorini. It would be helpful if these posters could provide clearer information. I could...
read more

Social justice needed for fathers

If Conservatives are truly committed to social justice, then one of the issues they must tackle is the unfairness some fathers face during divorce and separation. A father who cared for his children, and had the support of his ex-wife, has been jailed for 42 days for failing to pay a £45,000 backlog in maintenance over 12 years, but he cared for them in his own way and had the support...
read more

The missing – Javian Matthews (found)

Javian Matthews, 15, has been missing from Tottenham, north London since 21 February this year. He has not been seen or heard from since and his whereabouts are a complete mystery. Last month his image was projected on Marble Arch to mark International Missing Children’s Day, along with images of Madeleine McCann and 15-year-old Samantha Osborn. Update: After posting this story, I was...
read more

Did Harriet Harman blog her way to victory?

I spent half an hour on Saturday studying the blogs of the contestants running for deputy Labour leader and my conclusion was that Harriet Harman clearly deserved to win, even though the odds were against her. But at least one poll showed she should win on trust. I’m sure you will come to the same conclusion too if you scrutinise their blogs, the way they expressed...
read more


Google+