29TH MARCH 2005
I note that the local Labour party, the same party who
controlled Tamworth for over ten years, are blaming the Conservative controlled council
for all of the litter problems in the borough.
really believe that there was never a problem of litter or graffiti when they were in control in the town?
I have news
for the Labour party; Tamworth has had the problem for years.
However, following the merging of the cleansing and grounds maintenance services by the Conservative council, Tamworth will have a cleaner environment for everyone.
TUESDAY 22ND MARCH 2005
PRINTED Tamworth HERALD – Thursday 31ST MARCH
The election campaign officialy has started yet, but we are continuously being fed lies from the
Not once have the Conservative Party stated that cuts will be made, we will look to make efficiency savings by reducing
the amount of red tape and bureaucracy that currently Britain.
should be more worried is Labour get back in again in May, because we will see the end of the Pound and total integration
into Europe, thus paving the way for Tony Blair to become President of Europe in four years time.
wins the next general election, will the last person to leave Britain please turn out the lights!
THURSDAY 17TH FEBRUARY
Tamworth HERALD – Thursday 24TH FEBRUARY 2005
PRINTED Tamworth TIMES
– Thursday 3RD MARCH 2005
the county council meeting today to here the budget details for 2005/06 and the announcement of the 4.5% increase in the council
tax, an increase that takes the total rise since 1997 to 78.8%. Would Cllr Dix
care to explain where all of this money has gone, especially as the controlling Labour group have admitted that the roads
throughout Staffordshire are in a very poor state and that the required funding is not currently available?
I was also
very disappointed to see Cllr McDermid stand up in the chamber waving a piece of paper condemning Tamworth Borough Council
for an increase of 5%. What does he have to say to the fact that under Labour,
between 1997 and 2004, Tamworth Borough Council saw an increase of 107.8% in their share of the council tax?
to both questions will almost certainly be….SILENCE!
it is a great pity that the treasury could not find an extra £1.5m for the Conservative lead borough as it did for the Labour
lead county in this election year. Then Tamworth could have announced a smaller tax increase too.
SUNDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 2005
Tamworth HERALD – Thursday 17TH FEBRUARY 2005
It is a
shame attacks have resumed on the local Conservatives, but as an election draws near I suppose it is inevitable.
the Conservative’s make very good escape goats when the “invisible” County Councillors and the 16 years late borough councillors fail to fulfil there
duty to Tamworth.
As to these
accusations that Tamworth is worse than it has ever been, well that is just silly. The area in Belgrave, where those concerned individuals were pictured, is already
getting increased visits from the cleansing dept following many requests by their new Conservative Councillor.
the Conservative’s have failed on graffiti, but as the graffiti pictured has been there for years how can it be the
fault of the new Conservative controlled council? If old and unaccountable Belgrave
councillors had done their job in the first place and not removed the money allocated in the local budget to repaint underpasses
there would have been no graffiti to blame on the Conservatives.
the “Invisible” County Councillors care so strongly about litter and graffiti they could always give Tamworth
Borough Council a grant for removal of the litter, after all the County Councillors are raising our Tax by another 5%.
SUNDAY 16TH JANUARY 2005
Tamworth HERALD – Thursday 20TH JANUARY 2005
PRINTED Tamworth TIMES
– Thursday 20TH JANUARY 2005
The league tables for schools
that add the most value have been published and yet again due to the pathetic education grant allocated for Staffordshire, Tamworth’s
schools are nowhere near the top of the list.
central Government stop dragging their feet and raise the funding Staffordshire.
is the eighth largest in England but under labour, the seventh lowest for education funding.
SENT Tuesday 4TH JANUARY 2005
printed tamworth TIMES – ThursdaY
13TH JANUARY 2005
be surprised at Brian Jenkins’ response to the amalgamation of the Staffordshire regiment in last weeks Tamworth Times. Since the government came to power in 1997, Mr Jenkins has only voted against his
party 15 times out of 1981 votes, THAT’S 0.76%.
we now know, whatever Mr Jenkins may say in Parliament, he will always toe the Government line whatever the consequences to
SENT FRIDAY 24TH DECEMBER 2004
PRINTED TAMWORTH HERALD – Thursday 6TH JANUARY 2005
Having read that Brian Jenkins’ is pleased with the merger of the Staffordshire regiment into the Mercian regiment,
can I again remind him of his statement in Parliament on 29th November when he said; “I want an assurance from him (Secretary of
State for Defence) that when the Army Board makes its decision and the configuration comes out, it will not be a question of our merely rubber stamping and endorsing
it, but that it will come out to us for consultation.”
Also, Mr Jenkins said that the the Stafford’s are happy with merger, can I ask if he has actually
spoken to anybody from the regiment because I have. While it may have been accepted
that the merger is inevitable the move is not welcomed
by the rank and file.
I have some more news for Brian; the insignia of the three regiments will be amalgamated to form a new cap badge.
How do I
know this? This was the planned outcome the last time the Staffordshire regiment
faced merger in the 1990’s.
SENT Sunday 19TH DECEMBER 2004
PRINTED Tamworth HERALD – Thursday
23RD December 2004
PRINTED Tamworth TIMES – ThursdaY
30TH DECEMBER 2004
last the truth is out - the Defence Secretary has announced what we always knew, that the Staffordshire Regiment, Cheshire
Regiment and Worcester and Sherwood Foresters will combine as the Mercian Regiment.
Will Tamworth's MP Mr Jenkins now apologise to Tamworth Conservatives, who he accused of opportunism when Christopher
Pincher raised a petition against this?
Mr Jenkins stick to his comment of November 29 in Parliament, when he said to the Defence Secretary: "I want an assurance
from him that when the Army Board makes its decision and the configuration comes out, it will not be a question of our merely
rubber stamping and endorsing it, but that it will come out to us for consultation?"
SENT Tuesday 7TH DECEMBER 2004
The government has announced that as from September 2005, all schools will have to have to allow every teacher half a
day per week NON CONTACT time for every teacher.
A proposial that has already been successfully put into place by at least one school in Tamworth.
However, would Brian Jenkins please explain why the Labour Chancellor has planned funding for this scheme for is only
Schools in Tamworth can only do so much, before standards are cut
and more jobs are lost.
The sooner this government realises this and increases the education funding for Staffordshire the better.
SENT Tuesday 7TH DECEMBER 2004
PRINTED Tamworth TIMES – Thursday 9TH December 2004
Since 1997 the amount of Primary Schools in Tamworth have seen the number of teachers fall while the level of support staff has risen.
This proves beyond doubt that under Labour, education in Tamworth is being run on the cheap.
FRIDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2004
Now we finally what Brian Jenkins is against, fox hunting and those nasty countryside people protesting outside Parliament
against the ban.
you also against the mindless thugs who went on the rampage through the streets of London during the Poll Tax riot of 1990?
what exactly will the hunting ban achieve as not one fox will actually be saved as they will now be shot. Also, what about the hunting dogs that will either end up in dog’s homes or even worse could be destroyed?
of worrying about banning fox hunting this government should be sorting out the mess Labour have made in the education system
that has shown a fall in the grades of GCSE’s in Staffordshire.
23RD NOVEMBER 2004
- TAMWORTH HERALD THURSDAY 2ND
has recently carried letters from Labour councillors accusing the Conservative’s of opportunism. However, it is not the Conservative’s who are guilty of this - it is Labour.
Cllr Seeking and Cllr Coachman recently supported local campaigns to block more residential building. “What is wrong with this?” I hear you ask? Well, they never once said a word when in power
to block the massive building that took place all over Tamworth.
were in power, and during their recent vocal support they never once mentioned that all planning is decided by the Labour
Deputy Prime Minister and not by local council’s.
opportunism of the most appalling kind, but then again what else can you expect from the Labour Party?