Sir David Trippier

l-r Sir David Trippier, Jacquie Foster, David Nuttall, Cllr Diana Ashworth, Cllr Barry Theckston, Cllr Sheila Magnall

l-r Sir David Trippier, Jacquie Foster, David Nuttall, Cllr Diana Ashworth, Cllr Barry Theckston, Cllr Sheila Magnall

Today after church I attended the Pets in Need Spring Fair at Greenmount Old School. After visiting all the stalls I went on to Ramsbottom Cricket Club to attend a fund raising lunch for the local Conservatives. The speaker was the former Member of Parliament for Rossendale Sir David Trippier. At the time David represented Rossendale Ramsbottom was part of that Constituency rather than Bury North as it is now and there were some members who remembered David from his days as their MP. Jacquie Foster who used to be a Member of the European Parliament for the North West was also attended the event.

Busy days

David at the Tottington and District Horticultural Show

David at the Tottington and District Horticultural Show

I have been to several different functions since I last reported. Yesterday morning, I attended a coffee morning to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. I was working on notary business in the afternoon and then in the evening I attended the Charter Dinner of Bury Rotary Club where I am a member. The guest speaker was Dr Kevin Jones who was very entertaining and although one of the jokes he told I have told myself on a few occasions I have to admit he told it much better.

This morning I attended the Spring Fair at St Paul’s in Ramsbottom and in the afternoon I attended the Spring Show organised by Tottington and District Horticultural Society at Greenmount Old School where I had sponsored some of the classes. Sue and I viewed all the exhibits and then enjoyed a coffee and home made cake.One good sign was that the refreshments were so popular that the Society had to open up another room to seat everyone.

This evening Sue and I have attended a concert at Bolton Road Methodists Church to raise funds for the Fusiliers Court residents and the Bury Support Group for the Parkinsons Disease Society. The Concert was performed by the Larks of Dean who sing 17th to 19th Church music unaccompanied. In addition to performing they explain a liitle about each piece setting it in context so it was very informative as well as entertaining.

Today has been the thirtieth anniversary of the day the previous Labour Government lost a motion of no confidence in the House of Commons and the then Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan was forced to ask Her Majesty the Queen to dissolve Parliament and a General Election was held five weeks later. In answer to all those who do keep asking me the next General Election must be held by 3rd June 2010.

Bury Conservatives AGM

Myself, Councillor Alex Williams, Councillor Michelle Wiseman

Myself, Councillor Alex Williams, Councillor Michelle Wiseman

Last night I attended the Annual General Meeting of Bury Conservatives. After all the usual business which is traditionally dealt with at such a meeting such approval of the Annual Report and the Accounts and the electon of officers the main speaker was Councillor Alex Williams who is one of the Conservatives eight Candidates in the North West at this years elections to the European Parliament. Alex was the Parliamentary Candidate in Bury South at the last General Election so he is familiar with Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich.

Elections to the European Parliament are held every five years and they are held at the same time across Europe not all on the 4th June because in some countries the elections are held at the weekend. Because we do not have any local elections in Bury this year unless a General Election is called the European Elections will be the only elections this year. Alex explained that William Hague had ruled out us ever joining the European Single Currency under a Consevative Government which I entirely applaud. It is interesting that my view of the Euro ie that we should never join which was once regarded as extreme is now official Party policy and in any event I believe this view has always been that of a majority of the British people.

Daniel Hannan MEP

Daniel Hannan is a Conservative Member of the European Parliament. Earlier this week he made one of the most brilliant short speeches I have heard in a long time. He is speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg shortly after they had been addressed by Gordon Brown. Check it out yourself by clicking on the link here.

Ambleside

David at Jenkin Crag Ambleside

David at Jenkin Crag Ambleside

Bit late posting this but I was away at the weekend in Ambleside up in the Lake District. I went up on Friday after attending the North West Regional Conference at the Reebok stadium in Bolton and came back Sunday. The weather was fine on Saturday definitely Spring like and I had a great walk. There is a small cinema in Ambleside and later in the day I went to see Marley and Me. So much of which reminded me of my experience with CeeCee.

Om Monday I visited Bury College with my colleague from Bury South Councillor Michelle Wiseman. It was interesting to hear how the courses the College offers have changed over the years. Wordprocessing and paper making out and media studies and computer repairs in

Bury Market

George and I enjoying Black Peas and Mint Sauce

George and I enjoying Black Peas and Mint Sauce

I was pleased to welcome the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne M.P. to Bury on Friday morning when we toured Bury Market. George and I spoke to traders and shoppers about the current economic situation.

In the afternoon we both attended the North West Conservatives conference at the Reebok Stadium where George opened the Conference. Later in the afternoon I spoke in the health debate about the situation at Fairfield Hospital.

Happy Birthday CeeCee

CeeCee One Year Old

CeeCee One Year Old

CeeCee is one year old today although it will be another few weeks before he has been with us for a year. As you can see from the above picture CeeCee is having great fun with one of his new toys. I took him for a longer than usual walk this morning on what was a very bright and sunny early spring morning. After a day of trying as ever to tick of as many tasks as possible from my to-do list I will be taking CeeCee to training class tonight before attending a meeting of the Conservative Group at Bury Town Hall.