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In the News / Re: General Election 2019
« Last post by baldy on Yesterday at 19:29:12 »
Michael

I'm curious to know what you think Dr Murrison MP could have done for the local constituency that you think he has not done in his time as our local MP.

I've followed him from when he was first elected to the Westbury Constituency (when I was a member of the local Conservative Association, indeed I was Secretary of the Westbury branch until 2005) and noticed that he was constantly busy in the constituency attending events (maybe not ones you would go to), popping up in the local papers commenting on this or that but more particularly I've tracked what he actually does in parliament, which is quite easy since he started to use Twitter a few years ago to broadcast his main actions.

I recall that he has lobbied Wiltshire Council on all sorts of topics, though as he has no vote in the council or any real influence (like any MP) he can't make anything happen unless the council agrees. When Tony Blair took us to war in Iraq, he voted against the war saying that there was no proper evidence of WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) and fell out with many local Tories who thought he took the wrong position. Actually, I've noticed that he has turned out to be right on that and many other issues over the years. More recently, apart from military and foreign affairs (he is/was a Defence and Foreign Office Minister), he has made all sorts of statements in parliament on NHS and related health issues including the idea of a royal commission to sort care services etc on the basis that it needs cross party working to get any progress at all ...

I'm not sure what any MP can do in their constituency apart from lobby on issues and hope the higher authorities or people in the cabinet agree. He's certainly done his bit. It's hardly his fault if the Labour party failed to do much for Westbury under Blair and Gordon (is a moron) Brown (the one who sold half our gold reserves at the bottom of the market for a stupidly low price) or indeed under the Conservatives given that they had to clear up the economic mess left by Labour for most of the last decade.

In recent times, I've noticed that he took up a Leave / BREXIT position early on. I'm not sure what else the majority of local electors (MOST by far are Tory voters and are Leavers) would expect him to realistically do.

NB. Dr Murrison is a former Royal Navy surgeon, so his expertise on medical and military matters is pretty well beyond doubt and is useful in parliament.

Just as an aside, I noticed that he was doubtful about buying the new F35s because he thinks all military fighter and bomber aircraft will be pilotless drones quite soon.  I've since noticed that all sorts of commentators are now saying the same just as we are buying the bulk of the new F35s ...
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In the News / Re: General Election 2019
« Last post by Michael on Yesterday at 16:40:40 »
I have to ask myself, as our local Mp, what has he achieved for our town, and i would say precious little, although he has been most successful in his role for foreign affairs.

Dr Murrison MP for Westbury and the succeeding SW Wilts Constituency since 2001 has done very little for our communities in all that time, he's had no need to, he's had a guaranteed seat and has taken this seat for granted.
Andrew Murrison's campaign in this election has been about Brexit, but it's not all about Brexit, it is about affordable housing for rent and purchase, it's about a diminishing health services, homelessness and rough sleepers, and incidentally among these rough sleepers nationally there are 6000, yes that's six thousand, ex military personnel who have served this country.
Our constituency is one of poor and expensive public transport, inadequate provision for the young, and food banks, which in many cases are having to be used by people on low wages in full time employment.
Westbury has been ignored and overlooked by a Conservative Unitary Council, and remains at the back of the queue when it comes to any form of financial help from that source.
So think of all this when you cast your vote, because under the Tories there is more of the same to come, particularly in the devolution of services being forced on the town's council with very little extra funding, continuing the austerity policies that have brought us to where we are now, and think of this when council taxes rise to cover the loss of revenue no longer supplied by national government.
It really is time for a change.
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In the News / Re: General Election 2019
« Last post by baldy on December 10, 2019, 16:36:18 PM »
Yes, but I did not say that.
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In the News / Re: General Election 2019
« Last post by DORIAN on December 10, 2019, 16:08:14 PM »
they were not the primary reason for the failure and you know that
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In the News / Re: General Election 2019
« Last post by baldy on December 09, 2019, 17:49:36 PM »
WTF  -  it was the LibDems who first campaigned against the Westbury Bypass and caused it to become a national anti-new roads campaign due to all the others who jumped on the anti-eastern bypass bandwagon.

TBH - It's a safe Tory seat here anyway and it's a strong Leave area. Also, there's no clear anti-Brexit candidate for tactical anti-Brexit voters ... so there will be no change of MP here.

The interesting thing will be to see how well the Labour and LibDem candidates do, not least because in recent times the LibDem vote has been declining in favour of the Labour candidate so that Labour, instead of coming third have been coming in second.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_West_Wiltshire_(UK_Parliament_constituency)
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In the News / Re: General Election 2019
« Last post by DORIAN on December 09, 2019, 16:59:45 PM »
i do not dislike Andrew Murrison in any way whatsoever, when we fighting for the Bypass he came here for afternoon tea and was a true gent, but i have to ask myself, as our local Mp, what has he achieved for our town, and i would say precious little, although he has been most successful in his role for foreign affairs.
so if i voted tactically who would i let in, and that is my issue, i have never not voted Tory and maybe i will vote for Andrew, but this is not only about BREXIT, its about the whole bigger picture. THE NHS is being used as tool  but when you think we are all living...or existing longer the government cannot use our incomes to prop up the never ending pot of health care.
maybe those who are in a comfortable wage bracket should be given a tax break if they align to a Private Health Care.
as for Corbyn talking of abolishing public schools, utter bollocks... my parents worked hard to give me a good education
lib Dems, ?
we shall see
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In the News / Re: General Election 2019
« Last post by Michael on December 09, 2019, 16:17:25 PM »
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In the News / Re: General Election 2019
« Last post by Bob DeBilda on December 09, 2019, 10:24:11 AM »
I thought we were Brexiting to get rid of all these Polls  ;D
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In the News / Another Poll
« Last post by baldy on December 08, 2019, 11:57:01 AM »
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