It has been an extraordinary week in British politics – both nationally and locally. Looking back it wouldn’t surprise me if Gordon Brown regrets his decision last weekend to call off the General Election. He has probably had one of his toughest weeks in politics since he was elected to Parliament. His much hyped statement in Iraq ended up being met with scepticism because of the fiddled figures announced the week before; the Pre-Budget Report was universally written up in the media as a “magpie budget” and has already started to unravel; then on Wednesday the Prime Minister was mauled by a re-invigorated David Cameron leaving many on the Labour benches ashen faced and visibly angry that their good position in the opinion polls had been conceded.
Meanwhile locally, the Conservative campaign on Capstone Valley continues with many people coming up to me this week thanking me for holding a consultative referendum and expressing disgust at proposals to build 9,200 houses in the Valley. There has been distressing news from the Maidstone & Tunbridge Well NHS Trust with the news that the police are launching an investigation into 90 deaths from hospital infections. It is desperately important that this is dealt with quickly – people who are unfortunate enough to require hospital treatment need to know that they are going to be properly looked after in excellent conditions and that the only target that staff are trying to meet is to return the patient back to health as quickly as possible.
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