Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Barack Obama making his mark

Senator Barack Obama has just returned to the US from his world tour. He appeared to have made his mark on the world stage ...but it will be interesting to see how it is viewed by Americans themselves.

Whilst he was in the UK, he met with Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron.

David Cameron said he had a "very positive" meeting with the US presidential candidate on Saturday, discussing a range of glocal issues, including Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East peace process. They naturally also talked about the underlying issues with the US and the British economy and how to manage them going forward.

If Senator Obama became the next President of the United States of America, he certainly would make history. I do not agree with all his political views but I admire him as a person and as a politician.

Will he win? He is someone who has presence, charisma, confidence and can inspire many around him. If he has real substance to his vision and policies and can show he can lead, then he may be able to take the American people with him.

Would he make a good President? Only time will tell......

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Local Labour call for Council Tax cuts

I have heard through the grapevine that a leaflet is being delivered locally by the Labour Party which says "Ann Keen says cut the Council Tax". If this is true... I can hardly believe it!

Is this the same Labour Party who had control of Hounslow Council for over thirty years and did not cut Council Tax?

Is this the same Labour Party who have been eating into our reserves for the last ten years and taken us so much into so much debt as a country that we have nothing left for a rainy day?

Incredible! Do they think the public is so stupid not to see through their pathetic political headlines?

Let them practice what they preach first.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Conservatives 15% ahead

A new ICM survey for The Guardian has the Conservative Party on 43%, Labour on 28% and the tax-cutting LibDems on 19%.

It could be a long time though between now and a General Election... so I will make no predictions on what will happen in Brentford and Isleworth! What it does tell us, is that the public are disillusioned with Labour and Gordon Brown, as they do not have any real vision for the country or any new ideas to resolve the long-term challenges and the difficult time we face ahead.

60% of voters also told ICM that they were planning to cut their own spending. Maybe Gordon Brown should take their advice and instead of continuing to borrow...should try and keep spending under control.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

MPs' expenses published

Good news to see that Conservative MPs taking a lead in Parliament and publishing their expenses yesterday.

I have always believed that it is important for there to be increased openness and transparency on MPs' expenses and allowances. It is tax payers' money and they have a right to know what it is being spent on.

The information published shows a list of staff, what they do, which family members are employed, office running costs and expenditure incurred whilst away from their main home.

Hopefully this will be a start to rebuilding trust in our politicians again.

Maybe Labour will now do the same..... including Ann Keen.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Cameron Direct in Brentford

David Cameron visited us on Monday at Brentford School for Girls.

It was great that local residents were given a chance to meet the Leader of the Conservative Party and ask him questions. Lots of questions were raised by the audience of over 200 people. They quizzed him on Heathrow, MPs allowances, crime, ID cards, fuel prices, polyclinics, inflation, schools, Iraq, Zimbabwe, prisons and which Labour front bencher he most admired!

During the question and answer session David Cameron commented, “I’m here to show you that politics can make a difference, that we do want to listen, to understand what’s important to you and to show you that with your help we can make a difference.”

I was delighted that David came to the constituency. It is not often that people get the chance to question a future Prime Minister and find out what he really thinks and feels. Lots of great questions were asked and he answered them with passion and honesty, showing clearly what he believes in and what he is going to do for the country.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Cameron Direct in Brentford


Come to Brentford School for Girls, Boston Manor Road, Brentford, TW8 0PG on Monday 7th July, 7.45pm-8.45pm and put your questions direct to David.

To book your place, please email

The event is free but places must be booked in advance. Everyone who lives in Chiswick, Brentford, Isleworth, Osterley and Hounslow are invited to apply.