Conservative triumph in Christchurch By-election

Bexley Conservatives have welcomed a new Councillor to their team following James Spencer’s emphatic win in the Christchurch by-election last Thursday. James won with a majority of over 700 votes as Labour who had been second in the ward at the last Council elections slipped to fourth place.     

Bexley Council Leader Teresa O Neill Commented;  

“I am delighted to welcome James to the Conservative group and know that he will be a valuable addition to the team.” 

The Christchurch by-election was the first chance Bexley residents have had to pass judgement on the Conservative Council since it came to power in 2006 and the result is seen as an endorsement of how the Conservatives have been running Bexley over the last two years.  

Cllr O Neill added;  
 

“We can now look forward to James helping us to continue to deliver value for money quality services for all Bexley residents”.  

Tories Step Up Fight to Save QMH

Local Campaigners have stepped up the fight to save vital services at local hospital Queen Mary’s Sidcup. Following the feedback from the A Picture of Health Consultation (APOH) options on the way forward are now being considered, including a referral to the Secretary of State for Health.

 

Despite the results from the consultation showing the majority who responded to the choice of options did not agree with any of them; the local NHS are continuing to press for reducing vital services at Queen Mary’s.

 

James Brokenshire MP, the newly elected Conservative Candidate for the Old Bexley and Sidcup Constituency has joined the campaign to save services at Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup

 

Chairman of Bexley Council’s NHS Scrutiny sub-group, Councillor David Hurt said ‘ It is great boost for Bexley that James Brokenshire is joining us at this time.  Depending on the result of the consultation we may need to refer the decision to the Health Secretary and James is well placed to assist us with this process.’

 

‘Protecting local NHS services is a top priority for me, I have been very impressed by the campaign fought so far here in Bexley and I am pleased to join the team fighting to maintain vital NHS services’ said James Brokenshire MP.

 

Councillor Teresa O’Neill, Leader of Bexley Council, welcomed James to the team ‘I am delighted that James is actively supporting our campaign.  We have listened to the residents of Bexley and heard what they want, lets hope Gordon Brown’s NHS is doing the same.’

 

Councillor Sharon Massey, Cabinet Member for Health has been organising the campaign said ‘The tension is building locally as the outcome of the consultation is expected within the next two weeks.  Rumours are running wild as to what services we can expect in the future at Queen Mary’s Hospital.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hollytree Parade Post Office to Close

Despite representations from local residents, local councillors and Bexley Council the Hollytree Parade Post Office in Foots Cray is due to close under the Post Office’s closure programme. No account has been taken of the wishes of local residents who fear that vital services are withering away.

Ward Councillors Cheryl Bacon, Ross Downing and Don Massey met with local residents again at the weekend and discussed the closure. They expressed their shock and dismay that another essential local service in Cray Meadows Ward on which they rely is being withdrawn.

In what Cllrs Cheryl Bacon, Ross Downing and Don Massey called an “utter sham of a consultation” less than a handful of Post Offices will be saved across London.

They said “despite an extension to the consultation time limit we can only be led to believe that the decision for the closure was already taken. The announcement was delayed because of London Mayoral Elections, not in order to give further consideration to the wishes of local people”.

New Bexley Leader

Brampton Ward Councillor Teresa O’Neill was elected as the new Leader of Bexley at the Annual Meeting of the Council held on 14th May.  

Councillor O’Neill, a Bexley Councillor since 1998 and the Council’s Deputy Leader since 2006, is the only female Leader of a Conservative Council in London (and only the second of London’s 32 Borough Councils).   

Commenting on her election as Leader, Councillor O’Neill, said:-  

“I’d like to thank the Council for placing their trust in me and I will do my best not to let them down. My mission as Leader is to stand up for Bexley and, in building on the good work we have done in the past two years, to do everything within my power to improve the lives of residents in all parts of the Borough”.  

Barnehurst Councillor Simon Windle is the new Deputy Leader,  

“It is a great honour to have been elected as Deputy Leader and I am looking forward to working closely with Teresa to deliver on our priorities of keeping Council Tax low and offering Bexley residents value for money on first class local services”  

One of Councillor O’Neill’s first actions as Leader was to appoint popular and well respected Sidcup Ward Councillor, June Slaughter, as Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and promoting one of the 2006 intake, Councillor John Fuller, to be the new Chairman of the Planning Control Committee.

Boris appoints former Bexley leader to senior role in new administration

Following his stunning victory on 1st May Boris Johnson the new Mayor of London has announced the names of his team that will work with the Mayor to run the Capital. Among the appointments is Ian Clement who takes up the position of Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Government relations. Mr Clement who prior to the elections had been the leader of Bexley Council has resigned as a Councillor to take up this prestigious role.

Mr Clement a Bexley Councillor for ten years said,

” I am greatly honoured Boris Johnson has asked me to do this is important job and play my part in changing London for the better. I am of course sad to be leaving Bexley Council after ten very happy years, but I have every confidence that Bexley Conservatives will continue to stand up for all the people of the borough”.

Cllr Teresa O Neill has been appointed as Acting Leader until the Council elects its new leader on 14th May. Commenting on Mr Clement’s appointment she remarked,

“ Ian Clement worked very hard for Bexley & provided the strong & dynamic
leadership that led to the Conservatives winning control of Bexley Council
in 2006. Since then the team have ensured that Council Tax was kept low
whilst local services were improved.

Bexley residents sent a clear message that they wanted a change at City Hall
by electing Boris Johnson as Mayor & we know that Ian will take his
knowledge of Bexley with him when helping Boris to drive that change for the benifit of everyone living in Bexley”

 

Bexley Conservatives Ask “Where is Ken?”

Today local campaigners in Bexley have been asking ‘Where is Ken?’ As the contest for the next Mayor of London draws closer, people in Bexley have been campaigning to highlight Ken Livingstone’s neglect of London’s outer boroughs.

Councillor Ian Clement leader of Bexley Conservatives said:

“The current Mayor of London has been running an administration for zone 1, not for the rest of us who live in Greater London. We need a Mayor who will represent all Londoners and Boris Johnson has already demonstrated his commitment to doing this by visiting Bexley.”

Bexley Conservatives Deputy Leader Councillor Teresa O’ Neill added,

“We are fed up with Ken Livingstone’s out of touch approach to running London. After eight years as Mayor all he seems to be interested in is preserving his job and looking after his cronies.

“It is time for a change. Boris Johnson is campaigning on the issues that matter to the people of Bexley and offering fresh solutions on issues like Crime , Transport and Housing. We want to see a Mayor who cares about Bexley and is committed to working for all those who live in Greater London. Boris has clearly demonstrated he is the man for the job.”

Delivering Better Services and Keeping Council Tax Low

Bexley Council has approved a budget from the Conservative administration that guarantees first class services for Bexley residents and keeps the council tax increase below inflation at 3%.

As Labour Councillors voted against the budget without coming up with any alternative proposals it fell to Bexley Conservatives to reveal Labour’s real alternative budget based on their spending commitments and opposition to the introduction of weekly recycling collections which would have meant an 11% increase in Council tax.

Rejecting the suggestion from Labour leader Cllr Chris Ball that prioritising keeping Council Tax low was “immoral” Bexley Council leader Ian Clement said,

“What was immoral was increasing Council tax by 40% in four years of Labour Control and planning to put it up by 11% this year”.

Conservative Councillors reacted with disbelief to Labour calls for a bigger council tax rise to pay for grants to community forums with no questions asked about how taxpayers money was being spent.

Cllr Clement added,

“Labour have lost touch with people in Bexley more than even I had imagined if they think people care more about forums than how much their council tax bill is going to be”