January 2010 Archives
News in that another Labour MP is announcing he will quit at the next general election.
But interestingly, the decision by Tyne Bridge's David Clelland opens up a vacancy for the plum seat of Gateshead.
Obviously, there have been lots of rumours about Lord Mandelson fancying his chances with a return to the Commons - perhaps to take the crown.
And given we are now so near to the general election, national Labour chiefs now steer the process to find a new candidate.
I want to continue with the positive steps that first the Government can take towards creating a framework for a sustainable energy future, and then what we as individuals can do. But a reader raised the question of a revival of nuclear power in some form, and the government is also dabbling with that idea, so it needs to be addressed.
First of all, we need to have some guiding principle(s) concerning the energy we use. Mine is simply that we should not be using energy that our children will pay for. We should be looking at all forms of energy from that standpoint.
We have already put the debt of the banking crisis onto future taxpayers. In addition with the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) we are having facilities now, especially hospitals and schools, that are to be paid for later. We are now threatening to destroy the quality of life for future generations by continuing to release global warming gases. What would be the impact of a renewed love-in with nuclear power?
This promises to be quite a long blog so I am giving headings so you can skip to the aspect you want. The topics are: the difference between nuclear power stations and nuclear bombs, the costs, nuclear accidents, and nuclear fusion. Probably the last one on fusion is the most relevant.
Thinking of voting Tory at the general election. Well, one North East MP says don't in pretty clear terms.
"Those ordinary working families who contemplate voting Tory would be turkeys voting for Christmas," said Tyne Bridge's David Clelland. That was in December Parliamentary report.
But to underline his message, the Labour MP said it again in his January report on his website:
"Certainly, any local government or public sector worker who contemplates voting Tory would be a turkey voting for Christmas.
"We've got to get out and about now, spelling out the dangers but also highlighting
the opportunities that the recovery can bring to young and old alike.
Although a little part of me is maybe a tiny bit relieved at our exit of the FA Cup so that we can get our heads down and focus on the league, one can't help but feel ever so slightly shafted by a referee who can only be described as a dunderhead.
New polls in tomorrow's News of the World and Sunday Mirrror make very interesting reading.
Tories will be five short of a Commons majority, according to Sunday Mirror/ComRes poll. Hung Parliament, it suggests.
And News of the World, says it will be 38 majority for Cameron.
So there is yet everything to play for, suggestion Cameron still has his work cut out.
But on top of that, if the result is tight there will be uncertainty about who wins. Many seats are not being counted until the day after...
I'M going to be doing my bit for Sport Relief this year by dancing live on BBC1. There's only one problem - I can't dance to save my life!
I only joined twitter two days ago, but I am a convert now. It has an instant interaction that is superb.
That included Charle Whelan - Gordon Brown's old spin doctor - to tell me that Labour will win the election.
And now Foreign Secretary David Miliband has tweeted back to say:
"Government and Foreign and Commonwealth Office overseas counter-terrorism spend going up. Both higher this year than last and next year higher than this."
Click here to go to my twitter feed.
David Miliband, MP for South Shields, is under pressure over cuts in his department thanks to the pound sliding in currency exchange rates.
But should Gordon Brown also be fingered for this one, with a letter sent from the chairman of the Commons foreign affairs committee to the Prime Minister last April warning about the problem?
Click here to read more on key pieces of evidence.
Getting ready for work at the club on Saturday night, I am faced with the task of making myself look lovely and feel lively when in reality I feel far from lovely and even further from energised.
What to do to transform into some glowing, glossy version of yourself, when all you really feel like doing is pulling on pyjama bottoms and curling up in a warm bed?
Good advice here for all those aspiring MPs. And there are certainly quite a few of them.
As Iain Dale points out, Sunderland South's retiring MP Chris Mullin has used a Times column to offer his advice to the next in-take at the House of Commons. Well worth a read.