Posts Tagged ‘Mary MacLeod’


May 2, 2010

I took part in a second hustings earlier this evening.  It was organised by the Hounslow Muslim Forum.  There was a large turnout (100 or so) and the following candidates were on the panel:

Mary Macleod – Conservative in Brentford and Isleworth
Ann Keen – Labour in Brentford and Isleworth
Alan Keen – Labour in Feltham and Heston
Munira Wilson – LibDem in Feltham and Heston
Andrew Dakers – LibDem in Brentford and Isleworth
Elizabeth Anstis – Green in Feltham and Heston
John Hunt – Green in Brentford and Isleworth

We drew lots and the candidates spoke in numerical order.  Alan Keen gave a decent and reasonable opening statement.  I said so.  However, some of what I heard from Ann Keen was beyond belief.  Her opening statement included an attack that not only did Hounslow turn blue in 2006 but it turned white also.  A number of us (not only me) were disgusted by these remarks and whatever happens at this election, these are comments that must be exposed.  I wonder what the Prime Minister would think of them, both publicly and privately?

Later on when Mr Keen was answering a question, Mrs Keen felt the need to call me “a prat”.  And people wonder why there is cynicism about politicians!

I thank those who organised the event.

Visit from Baroness Thatcher

March 8, 2010

On Saturday afternoon, I was fortunate enough to be present when Margaret Thatcher paid the Borough a visit.  I have never seen so many people so thrilled to be visited by someone.  I realise that most were Conservatives but the point is one worth making.

She did not give a speech because she is no longer allowed to but she did give Mary MacLeod and I some advice for the future.

I could not help but wonder what my Paternal Grandfather would have thought about me meeting Margaret Thatcher?  He and I were very close and the one thing he had against me was that I shared the same birthday as her.  I too did not grow up appreciating her policies but her contribution was not only necessary but my parents bought their Council House (which they still live in) and my father was able to acquire shares in British Steel (his then employer).  I said a few words after she left and referred to some of this.

The legacy for the next Government in some respects is worse than what she inherited.  The debt situation obviously stands out but disengagement is at a record high.

Anyway, here are a couple of pictures:

And, here is a picture of Councillor Pam Fisher asking Margaret Thatcher a question and both Mary and I listening eagerly:

What a day – one I will never forget.  It was extremely kind of her to give up her time and I feel privileged to have been part of it.  And to top it all off, I got to catch the second half (and a couple of pints of Brains) at London Welsh.

Some free votes in Parliament last night

May 21, 2008

My neighbouring Conservative candidate, Mary Macleod, has commented about the above on her blog.

I would vote with Mary on this one.

Whilst I would not wish to judge any woman for what must be a very difficult thing to do, I have always been pro-life so it should be of no surprise that I would vote in this way.  However, I believe that this should be relaxed in cases such as rape & incest.  I would have attempted to get some information about the amount of abortions taking place between 20 to 24 weeks for these reasons.  Maybe an MP did but I have not read Hansard yet.

I would also have voted with Iain Duncan Smith on his cross party bid.

David Willetts MP visits Feltham

March 11, 2008

I was very pleased that David Willetts MP took time out of his busy schedule to visit the Skills Centre in Feltham.  What was most impressive was the very clear and deliberate way in which he was asking questions from everyone he met in order to assist his own “education” about this aspect of his portfolio.  The students seemed very pleased at his interest in them and the college.


In the picture are:
Me, Jim Richardson (Brick work lecturer), David Willetts MP, Stuart Hasley, Councillor Lin Davies (Deputy Lead Member for Childrens Services and Lifelong Learning), Mary MacLeod (Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in Brentford & Isleworth), Petrina Hosier