What an appalling state of affairs

We the wheels have finally fallen of the Labour Government. Rats in a sack springs to mind. You wait for ages for the spin machine at number 10 to mess up, and then, just like waiting for a bus 3 come along at once.

The scale of the damage for Labour will not become clear until the local election results are declared next week. With the last two polls have shown Labour at a 19 year low, Labour party chiefs were already bracing themselves for a good whipping next Thursday. The talk was that they were expecting about 150 losses. Now after ‘Shambolic Wednesday’ they must be dreading those declarations. This is ‘manna from heaven’ for the opposition parties. However, The Conservatives must be worried that they will miss out on next Thursday’s bonanza. The latest Mori poll has shown Labour votes moving to the LibDems. Labour has fallen 9% in a month, the Tories are down 4% and the LibDems are up 6%.

The results next week look to be very interesting indeed. Shooting fish in a barrel according to some reports. Tonight’s Moray by-election might give us a clue.

Hermitage Hill speed delayed – possibly indefinitely

Over the last few years I have reported on the campaign to introduce traffic calming & speed reduction measures for the B4363, Hermitage Hill in Bridgnorth. In 2002 options for introducing a speed limit were consulted on. After deliberation as local member I signed of on the scheme full expecting the immanent arrival of the scheme.

In December 2004 I was dismayed to learn that the scheme would be scaled back. A much reduced level of commitment was proposed due to funding difficulties. The new proposal was to introduce a 30mph limit just above the junction with lodge lane. From there up the hill the road would remain at the national speed limit. As previously reported on my website I was grateful for some sign of progress but would not be happy until the whole scheme was fully implemented. The new proposal presented its own difficulties as vehicles coming down the hill would not get enough warning about the new speed limit.

The original scheme was consigned once again to stagnate as a ‘service request’, to be investigated and prioritised against other requests, with no guarantee it would be implemented. But at least the 30mph signs were on there way.

For three consecutive years I had been fobbed off with promises that the scheme would be implemented in that financial year. The new 30mph signs were supposed to have appeared in the then current 2004/2005 financial year. Here we are nearly at the end of the 2005/2006 financial year and those same signs have still not materialised. Today I have learnt that even those 30mph signs has also been consigned to a ‘service request’.

To say I am disappointed is an understatement. We have had serious collisions by the junction with Lodge Lane. Several years ago pensioners reported to the Annual Town Meeting, at St Mary’s school, of terrifying incidents where HGVs had nearly collided with their car when exiting the junction. It is high time there was some serious action at this extremely dangerous junction.

A442 Quatford speed limit update

I am pleased to reported that the speed reduction proposed for the A442 through Quatford is out to consultation with the Police. Once Shirehall have received the views of the Police they will make any required modifications and then go out to formal public consultation. Although this is somewhat later than I had anticipated.

Recent accidents in Quatford have only heightened the sense of urgency for this scheme to be implemented. I hope the Police take a positive position on the proposal so that this vital scheme can be implemented as soon as possible. However, considering that the original intention was “have works completed on site during the current financial year” I feel somebody needs to step up a gear.

The proposal is to reduce the speed limit through Quatford from 50 to 40mph. The move by Shirehall was announced during the build-up to the 2005 elections as part of a wider review of speeds limits along the A442.

The campaign to reduce the speed limit through Quatford village has been going for several years. My involvement started when I became a Councillor in 1999 lobbying the County Council on behalf of residents. The wider A442 campaign has been spearheaded by LibDem Councillor Colin Taylor of Alveley, former Ludlow MP, Matthew Green and myself after a number of serious accidents along the A442.

Whilst a member of SCC I participated in a scrutiny review of village speed limits. The aim of the review was to ensure more speed limit projects were implemented. The historical position had been that there were massive delays in the whole programme. Largely brought about by excessive demands from the Police that schemes should be ‘self enforcing’. This meant even the most simple of projects had to have masses of highly expensive red tarmac and traffic calming measures, pushing costs through the roof and preventing many worthy scheme from seeing the light of day.

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Ming Campbell Wins

MING2.jpgMing Campbell has been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, taking over from Charles Kennedy.

The full results of the all-member postal ballot were:
Name First round   Second round  
  Votes % Votes %
Menzies Campbell 23,264 45% 29,697

58%

Simon Hughes 12,081 23% eliminated  
Chris Huhne 16,691 32% 21,628 42%
Turnout 52,036 72% (1999: 62%)
In his acceptance speech Ming Campbell said the challenge for all of us now is to lead this party back towards government at the next general election. He said today was a victory, not just for him, but for all Liberal Democrats because in the last few weeks we have once again confounded the critics and commentators who once again wrote us off by winning in Dunfermline and West Fife.
He praised his predecessor saying the victory underlined “the remarkable legacy of Charles Kennedy. The party will be always in his debt.”
He promised to modernise the party to make a reality of three party politics in Britain. He said he would ensure the Liberal Democrats are the party of innovation in Britain. He will encourage the brightest and the best to join our party. He will lead the party in a crusade against poverty.
He said the party would champion freedom, fairness and environment protection, would be a party of democratic revolution, would tackle the secrecy which still pervades far too much of Britain, would be a party which looks beyond our shores, seeking the prosperity, security and sustainable development which is dependent on international action, would be a party which pledges to take power form Westminster and Whitehall to give it to people in their own communities.
Ming said that, in his leadership, precaution and consolidation would not do. He said there were great prizes to be won for liberals and progressives. The task now, he said, is to build a strong effective Liberal Democrat party to fight for a greener, fairer, decent Britain at peace with itself at home and admired abroad. That task, he said, begins now.

Poll results update

My Leadership Poll after 500 votes now shows

CHRIS HUHNE  247  (47.9%)+3.2* 
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MENZIES CAMPBELL  158  (30.6%) -2.7* 
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SIMON HUGHES  111  (21.5%) -0.6* 
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* change since 4th feb

CHRIS HUHNE  314  (62.1%) 
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MENZIES CAMPBELL  192  (37.9%) 
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Town Council sets it’s precept at 2.5%

After a relatively short estimates meeting tonight Bridgnorth Town Council has agreed to set a precept of 2.5%. Only Christian Lea voted against the proposed budget – he did not speak at the meeting nor did he propose any amendments, so we will have to guess why he did not support the budget. This budget is a prudent budget which will allow the Town Council to continue to maintain the important assets of the town whilst ensuring a degree of stability and predictability. This budget is a credit to the staff at the council & to the members who have all worked hard over a number of years to achieve this budget.

Leadership movements?

Web polls are by and large useless. However, if you watch them over time they can tell you things about mood changes.

So far my Leadership Poll poll has generated 305 votes.

First Round

CHRIS HUHNE  133  (43.6%) 
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MENZIES CAMPBELL  105  (34.4%) 
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SIMON HUGHES  67  (22.0%) 
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Simon is eliminated.

The result of Simon votes being reallocated gives:

CHRIS HUHNE  171  (57.0%) 
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MENZIES CAMPBELL  129  (43.0%) 
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None of these  5   
DD _______________________________________________

Some 77.8% of Huhne’s votes are first preference votes.

Since I started this poll, the first round started off with very little happening for Simon. His share was in the low teens. After his revalation his share has strengthened, Huhne’s has fallen back slightly and Ming’s has stayed about the same.

The second round continues to result in a Huhne win after Simon is eliminated, but his margin of victory is smaller.

What that means is speculation, but it is interesting none the less.

STV Leadership Poll

I have set up a Leadership Poll for the LibDem Leadership contest. This poll uses the Single Transferable Vote system. This will run during the election period & might give people a better idea of how the election is progressing.

The LibDems use STV in their elections. Hopefully this poll will give a better feel for what is happening on the ground as the election develops.

Regards,

Dave.