CCTV Effectiveness

I received an interesting answer to a Parliamentary Question back from the Home Office on Friday questioning the wisdom of the Government's approach on closed circuit TV cameras.  According to the new wisdom CCTV cameras should be concentrated on car park crime and vehicle crime rather than more and more cameras simply for the sake of it.

Rainham Village Fayre

Another successful Rainham Village Christmas Fayre.  Plenty of street stalls.  Carols for the children at St Helen & St Giles Church.  Morris dancing in the centre of the village and lots of entertainment - plus Santa's grotto.  Great fun for the children - and the adults alike. Congratulations to RAVE (Rainham Association for Village Events) and all of the local businesses that took part.

Changing Train Times

Having got used to one timetable on Southeastern trains, everything is about to change.  Southeastern will soon be introducing their new timetable on services into Charing Cross and Cannon Street.  From Bexley, Albany Park and Sidcup into London in the morning the train times don't seem to have altered that much - only by a few minutes.

Illuminating Elm Park

Check out some of the pictures from Friday night's 'Elm Park Illuminations' when we marked the start of the festive season in Elm Park.  It was a really fun evening and it was a privilege to join Councillor Roger Ramsay, the Mayor of Havering, in counting down to the big 'switch on' of the Elm Park Christmas Tree.  The weather stayed dry - if a bit cold - but the warmth of feeling and community spirit was palpable.  Just what Christmas should be about!  Many congratulations to Ingrid Brandon, the Elm Park Regeneration Partnership and all of the local shops and businesses which took part.

Sir John Major Dinner

Former Conservative Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Sir John Major was the guest of honour at last night's Old Bexley & Sidcup Conservative Association Dinner.  James Brokenshire introduced Sir John's speech highlighting how the last Conservative Government had left a golden inheritance which Labour had now squandered.

Queen Mary's Hospital

Uncertainty surrounds the future of Queen Mary's Hospital Sidcup.  The 'Picture of Health' plans for healthcare in Outer South East London called for A&E, maternity and other services to be stripped out of the hosital to make way for planned surgery cases at the site.  I opposed and continue to oppose this plan, but even on the basis of this scaled back 'vision' for QMH, significant questions remain about whether these proposals will come to pass.  I fear that the future of hospital services on the Queen Mary's site could be at risk.  That's why I joined councillors and other Conservative acitivists in Sidcup High Street on Saturday afternoon to ask local residents for their support in the campaign to save QMH by signing our petition.

LBC MPs Panel

I will be taking part in the LBC 97.3 MPs panel this Wednesday evening between 8-9pm discussing the week's political stories.  You can join in the discussion on 'London's Biggest Conservation' by calling 0845 6060973 or text your comment to 84850.

Labour have become obsessed with growing the DNA database

This week it was revealed that the number of profiles stored on the DNA database by police forces in England and Wales has topped 10% of the population for the first time. Whilst there is no argument that DNA is an important forensic tool in detecting and prosecuting crime, Labour have been obsessed with growing the DNA database for the sake of it. Guilt or innocence isn't relevant. In Labour's database state it's simply about expanding the amount of information held by government.

Environmental Matters at Scargill School

Earlier today (Tuesday) I visited Scargill Infant School in Elm Park for a special assembly to mark the official opening of the school's new solar panels.  It was a fun event and the children had put a great deal of effort into making things out of recycled material as part of their contribution to help the environment.  My favourites were a model of Big Ben made out of plastic bottles and a wind turbine made out of cardboard.  Recycling is a big thing at Scargill - they even have a wormery to turn leftover food into compost!  Congratulations to all involved.