Thank you Feltham North

I, along with Allan and Gill, have been returned to represent the wonderful people of Feltham North on the Council for the next four years.  Here is the result.  Generally,  Labour are doing very well.

Thank you Feltham North!

Update: Labour have regained control of the Council.  Conservatives have 25 Councillors and Labour have 35.

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16 Responses to “Thank you Feltham North”

  1. Labour supporter Says:

    Mr Bowen, as a member of the opposition it is very easy to jump on the bandwagon of hating the opposition, and at times I have. Over the last few days you, similarly to Alan, have proven yourself as a man of intergrity and decency. I’am sure you will continue to be an incredily passionate and ambitious councillor. All the best, your middle class student friend, and at times heckler.

  2. Mark Savage Says:

    Congratulations to you, Alan and Gill, Councillor Bowen. It’s very re-assuring to know we’ll have the benefit of your diligent service for another four years.

    One thing that 7th May 2010 will be memorable for is it was so full of surprises, isn’t it. I no more expected Labour to re-gain control of Hounslow Council than I did for the unique national situation we’re left with tonight. Thank heavens at least that the council does have overall control- though you guys did a pretty good job from 2006. Perhaps the saddest thing about tonight’s results for Hounslow Council is to see that there are now neither Liberal Democrats or Independents on the council again. Astounding.

    For yourselves, a triumph in the ward, well deserved (Labour just didn’t bother!) and your personal vote is again commendable, Mark. What the next four years will bring, who knows- but maybe the other party will have learnt something in opposition and build on some of the great things your group did for the area while in control (though perhaps we might be spared some of the things I did not, personally, support you on at all!).

    Keep up the good work, but for now I think you all deserve a brief rest!

  3. Riza Says:

    We are all thank you Mark, You are the more effective, hard working counciller which I saw recent years…It will be better to continiue that way.You are deserved Westminister, but I cannot understand the people choose Labour again…
    All the best

  4. valerie terry Says:

    Well done Mark – I do not understand how Labour managed it but you will always have the support of my neighbors and myself. You have worked harder than anyone for us and we thank you for everything you have done.
    Valerie

    • Mark Bowen Says:

      Valerie,

      Welcome to my blog. Disappointed not to be elected to Parliament but thrilled to be returned to represent Feltham North.

      Mark.

  5. Gaham de wey peters Says:

    Unlucky Mark , all i can say is that there are some gullible people in this Borough , Mr Expenses’s does it again !!!!! , as for Labour getting control of the Borough’s finance’s fills me with dread … more emergecy meetings about the twinning of Hounslow and Ramallah , and other such tripe !!! and i bet the Council tax goes up in 2011/12 ……

  6. TJB Says:

    Well done on keeping your seat and commiserations on not winning a seat in Parliament, I daresay you’ll have another bash at it in the near future! As Gaham says I can’t believe Mr Expenses pulled the wool over so many eyes!

    Thank you for the work you do in our area, your name is well known and even my 15 year old son is aware of all the hard work you do in the community.

    Its a shame that Hounslow council is now in labour hands, but at least there’s still a good few conservatives hanging on in there!

    • Mark Bowen Says:

      Welcome to the blog and many thanks for your kind remarks. Some very ambitious promises have been made by the new administration and if these are delivered, we can all be pleased. I will be posting more about these promises soon.

  7. Del Says:

    Hi all, I’m Mark’s brother-in-law and I want to say on behalf of his whole family that we are incredibly proud of him for all his effort and determination to reach Parliament.
    Of course people will expect me to be complimentary about Mark, but if there is a harder-working, more deserving contender for Westminster elsewhere in the whole of the UK, I’d be amazed.
    The one thing that frustrates me about his defeat last week is how much he cares about making Feltham and Heston, his home, a better place, something which I think is self-evident through the week-in, week-out content of this blog.
    That he will not get the chance to translate that by representing the constituents where it really counts is, frankly, their loss as much as his.
    Typically, Mark, while understandably deflated by the events of last Thursday night-Friday morning, was nothing other than gracious in defeat and grateful to be elected to continue as a councillor the next day.
    I know he will continue to make a positive impact on the lives of people in the Feltham area.
    And I also know that, if there is any justice in this world, he will one day take his seat in Parliament.
    So chin up Mark, you should be proud of what you have done in the past hectic month.
    Your family certainly are.

  8. Mark Bowen Says:

    Thanks Del. Your posting shows that there is nothing more unconditional than a loving family. I only wish I could have pulled off a better result at the general election to give you all, and many friends, something to really celebrate!

  9. Phil Andrews Says:

    Congratulations to you all on your re-election Mark, a vote of confidence for the excellent work that I know you have all done for your constituents.

    • Mark Bowen Says:

      Hi Phil,

      I will get around to saying more on my blog about the local elections but I really want to pay tribute to the very major impact you and other Community Group Members have had on the Council. You will all be missed by many of us!

      Mark.

  10. Mark Savage Says:

    Typical magnanimity from both Mark Bowen and Phil Andrews. It was an interesting four years having a “No Overall Control” council in Hounslow, and it’s lovely to see Cllr Bowen and former Cllr Andrews sharing mutual respect here. Even those of us who didn’t know the Community Group personally, have a lot to thank them for in their contribution to council business since 2006.
    Now, even more so perhaps than at the national level (where things are, to say the least, somewhat more complicated- very wise of you to refrain from comment on this so far, Mark!), I’m looking forward to seeing you chaps and chappesses getting on with business as usual again n the London Borough of Hounslow.

    Interestingly, around election day itself, we had a brilliant example of how efficient the council has become, with nearly all the potholes in Carlton Avenue caused by last winter’s weather swiftly and efficiently patch repaired. I think that deserves a round of applause, almost- in the present climate (pardon the pun), two months to get the repairs done is really pretty good, and I’m sure Mark had a hand in it.

  11. Peter Ajibola Says:

    Your loss and Shaun Bailey’s in Hammersmith has left me feeling blue. So here are a couple of bracing and reassuring snippets of wisdom which I have found most uplifting.

    The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everyone else

    Frederic Bastiat

    I give back to the earth what the earth gave,
    All to the furrow, none to the grave,
    The candle’s out, the spirit’s vigil spent;
    Sight may not follow where the vision went.

    George Santayana

    Lay not that flattering unction to your soul.

    Shakespeare, via Hamlet

    I returned, and saw under the sun,
    that the race is not to the swift,
    nor the battle to the strong,
    neither yet bread to the wise,
    nor yet riches to men of understanding nor yet favour to men of skill;
    but time and chance happeneth to them all.

    Ecclesiastes IX:II

    An investment is a current expenditure that will bring some future economic return

    For two centuries, the very important people who managed the affairs of this society could not believe in the importance of ideas-until one day they were shocked to discover that their children, having been captured and shaped by certain ideas, were either rebelling against their authority or seceding from their society. The truth is that ideas are all-important. The masive and seemingly solid institutions of any society – the economic institutions, the political institutions, the religious institutions – are always at the mercy of the ideas in the heads of the people who populate these institutions. The leverage of ideas is so immense that a slight change in the intellectual climate can and will-perhaps slowly but nevertheless inexorably-twist a familiar institution into an unrecognisable shape.

    Irving Kristol…On Capitalism and the Democratic Idea

    How people behave is determined by what they believe; and if they come to believe that slow accretion is the policy of fools and that maximum consumption in the here and now is the only meaning of life, it is hardly surprising if what you get is an orgy of speculation combined with insouciant expenditure.

    Theodore Dalrymple

    There mark what ills the scholar’s life assail?
    Toil, envy, want, the garret and the jail,
    See nations slowly wise and meanly just
    To buried merit raise the tardy bust

    Samuel Johnson

    Personal responsibility is a real problem for those who want to collectivize society and take away our power to make our own decisions, transferring that power to third parties like themselves, who imagine themselves to be so much wiser and nobler than the rest of us.

    Aimless apologies are just one of the incidental symptoms of an increasing loss of a sense of personal responsibility– without which a whole society is in jeopardy.

    Thomas Sowell

    People are all born ignorant but they are not born stupid.

    Thomas Sowell

    The experiences of life can help people outgrow whatever they were indoctrinated with. What may persist, however, is the lazy habit of hearing one side of an issue and being galvanized into action without hearing the other side– and, more fundamentally, not having developed any mental skills that would enable you to systematically test one set of beliefs against another.

    Thomas Sowell

    Objectivity refers to an honest seeking of the truth, whatever that truth may turn out to be and regardless of what its implications might be. Neutrality refers to a preconceived “balance,” which subordinates the truth to this preconception.

    Thomas Sowell

    A philosopher once said that the most important knowledge is knowledge of one’s own ignorance. That is the knowledge that too many of our schools and colleges are failing to teach our young people.

    Thomas Sowell

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