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Jim Paice faces unexpected battle to retain his seat

The worrying backlash from John Cowan being dropped by Labour in South East Cambridgeshire is the threat this unexpectedly poses for Jim Paice, our wonderful Shadow Agriculture and Rural Affairs Secretary. What he doesn’t know about this subject isn’t worth knowing. He lives and breathes farming and the countryside, it’s in his blood. I was stunned to read in the Cambridge News...
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Who has blocked my YouTube account?

I’ve had problems uploading videos on my iMac and spent much of last night and this morning speaking to Apple support who have concluded that due to the political content of my videos, and having exhausted their usual list of technical¬† solutions, YouTube has blocked my account, most likely following a complaint for some reason. Does anyone have any idea who to contact at YouTube to...
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Introducing our two Luton Conservative candidates

There’s only one week left to E-Day, and our two Conservative candidates in Luton, Nigel Huddleston standing in Luton South, and Jeremy Brier, for Luton North, discuss their campaigns in the run up to 6th May. Nigel also discusses the Esther-factor, and the response she is getting from voters. Here is a link to a second video I made showing support for these two great guys from local...
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When Gordon met Gillian

They were softly spoken words which dealt the killer blow for a flagging Prime Minister now publicly shamed for his lack of sincerity, no matter how grovelling his humble apology to grandmother Gillian Duffy. Although much publicity has been given to the quizzing she gave him on the national debt and immigration, she raised two other key issues which very much worry the electorate – the...
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Whatever the result, we will not get the change we really need in parliament – more women MPs

Whatever the outcome of the general election, we will not see the change we really need in parliament – many more women MPs to reflect our true society.Data shows that although the three main political parties are fielding a record number of women candidates for the 2010 general election, the results are unlikely to result in a dramatic increase of women MPs, perhaps around 5% or even...
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Congratulations to James and co..

Congratulations to my son James and his fellow players from Soham for becoming champions of their Under-17s football league in effect yesterday, though there is one more fixture game to play. The proud dads spayed them with bubbly afterwards and the jubilant team went out for an Indian meal to celebrate. James was on great form and his hat trick helped ensure their 4-1 victory against Histon in...
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Some Cambridge culture

I was one of tens of thousands from around the world who went to the cinema last week and linked up with a live performance of Alan Bennett’s “The Habit of Art” at the National Theatre in London. It was a sensational experience and our enjoyment of the play was enhanced by the fact that we had a great close-up view of the actors and could see all the close detail on stage; it...
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Labour’s lurid PPC John Cowan sacked?

It would appear that Labour’s South East Cambridgeshire parliamentary candidate John Cowan (pic right) has been sacked for sending lurid emails in his previous life as a Lib Dem supporter (oh, he considered becoming Tory too!) This is my constituency, so I naturally have a special interest in it. I highlighted his dubious background earlier this week, and the local Labour Party then said...
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Nick Hillman winning Cambridge’s student vote

Nick Hillman is outstandingly impressive as Cambridge’s Conservative parliamentary candidate. Regardless of the fact that Tories came third here in the last general election – and a very poor third winning only 7,193 votes compared to 19,152 for Lib Dems – he has fought a determined campaign to win Cambridge back. Cambridge is not a marginal seat and, as such, gets no support...
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Andrew Lansley outlines Conservative plans to care for the elderly

Andrew Lansley, Shadow Health Secretary, outlines Conservative plans to support the elderly, including the ¬£8,000 insurance proposal to pay for long-term care, and supporting them to be independent at home. The video was recorded during Andrew’s visit to Yorkshire this week to support parliamentary candidates Julian Sturdy and Nigel Adams.
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Happy birthday to the Bard, and the downgrading of Shakespeare in schools

I hero worship William Shakespeare for his wit and inspirational writing, for his use of language and his exceptional perception on life and events; his grasp of love, treachery, history, comedy and pathos.  A testament to his brilliance is popularity of his plays in theatres today, more than 400 years after he penned them. As I prefer to celebrate birthdays rather than anniversaries of...
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Labour candidate sent “seedy” emails as Lib Dem

Labour’s parliamentary candidate John Cowan, a former glamour model manager, is named and shamed for being expelled from the Lib Dems for sending “sexual” emails to female political figures. Cowan is challenging Shadow Agriculture Secretary Jim Paice in South East Cambridgeshire; it is my constituency, in fact Jim knocked on my door this morning while out canvassing! The...
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An evening of theatre and politics

I’m afraid I am missing the second of the leaders’ election debates this evening due to an invitation to see Alan Bennett’s latest masterpiece, The Habit of Art, at a special linked screening at the Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge. Understandably, it’s a sell-out. I’ll catch up with Brown/Cameron/Clegg on Newsnight later in the evening. I’m desperate to see how...
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Andrew Lansley supports Julian Sturdy and Nigel Adams

Andrew Lansley, Shadow Health Minister, arrived in Yorkshire in his distinctive “NH Yes” battle bus yesterday to discuss local health issues with voters. He was supporting our York Outer candidate Julian Sturdy and Nigel Adams, who is contesting nearby Selby & Ainsty. This is a video I made of the visit.
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The Shadow Health Secretary’s visit, voters’ thoughts and the vanishing election posters!

I was supporting Julian Sturdy as a friend today, knowing his sincerity in genuinely wanting to help chronic back pain sufferers who have been denied routine funding of NHS spinal injections which make a huge difference to the quality of their daily lives, but are no longer readily accessible from their health authority. Both Julian, our Conservative parliamentary candidate in York Outer, and...
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