Referendum week

Thank you to all those who attended Bury Parish Church yesterday afternoon to hear the arguments for and against our membership of the European Union. I am not sure if any minds were made up or indeed changed but it was a good opportunity for the issues to be aired. Thanks go to the Rector of Bury Rev. John Findon for arranging and chairing the debate.

It was apparent from some of the questions that some people seem to think if we leave the European Union it would be the end of immigration. What it would mean is that the UK parliament would be in control and we would be able to determine how many extra people we could accommodate.

I note it has been announced that Ken Clarke is to stand down at the next general election after serving half a century in Parliament. He is of course someone who has always made the principled case for our membership of the European Union and whilst obviously I disagree with him over that issue I nevertheless have always got on with him really well. He is great Company and like me he enjoys his cricket and birdwatching. I hope he has a very long and happy retirement after he leaves the Commons.

St.George’s Day

David at the St Georges Day flag raising ceremony

David at the St Georges Day flag raising ceremony

I attended the official flag raising ceremony this morning as the flag bearing the Cross of St. George the Patron Saint of England was raised by the Mayor of Bury Councillor Peter Ashworth to fly proudly in front of the Town Hall. The Rector of Bury John Findon spoke eloquently about the history of our Patron Saint and said prayers. The Mayor then hoisted the flag into position.
I am delighted that the Conservative led Council has introduced this short ceremony to honour our Patron Saint and I hope the occasion will be repeated every year in the future.