Healthwatch comes to Portsmouth

The biggest issue for nearly everyone is the National Health Service which I can understand as health affects everyone. I am really pleased that Healthwatch, the public’s watchdog on the NHS, is now active in Portsmouth and I am on the interim board.

Margaret Thatcher Road

With the funeral for the late Margaret Thatcher taking place on Wednesday, Conservatives in Portsmouth are calling for the city to permanently honour the memory of the late Prime Minister by naming a road after her.

Halabja and Genocide

Today I attended the Memorial Service for the victims of Halabja which I have done every year for the last 5 years since getting to know the Kurdish community in Portsmouth. This year was the 25th anniversary of the massacre at Halabja on 16th March 1988. It was not the only atrocity heaped on the Kurds by Saddam Hussein but has come to symbolise much of their suffering.

A generation of Portsmouth school children let down

Ofsted have just sent the report of their findings of Portsmouth education to Portsmouth City Council. They don’t make good reading for a city council run by the same political party, the Lib Dems, for a generation of schoolchildren.  A whole generation of young people who have been let down due to the lack of political vision of education by our local authority.

Portsmouth Children centres should not be closed

I am deeply opposed to the closure and merger of children’s centres in Portsmouth for the following reasons. There is no education or training for becoming a parent which is one of the most important and difficult jobs and it is extremely important that parents are supported from the start whatever background you come from.

Flick re-selected as the Parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth South

Flick Drummond was re-selected as the  Conservative  Parliamentary candidate  for the next General Election in 2015 at a special general meeting on Saturday 2nd March. Speaking afterwards, Flick said ‘I am honoured and thrilled to have been re-selected as the candidate for a city which I love living and working in. I am full of energy and ready to campaign on behalf of our residents whether it is locally or pushing for policies that will make a difference to us in Parliament. There is a lot to do and I am looking forward to the challenge’.

Unemployment falls in Portsmouth South

Government economic measures are beginning to work in Portsmouth South with a big decrease of 4.5% in the number of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) claimants in the 18-24 age group and 25-49 age group. 2465 people went into employment over the last year according to a House of Commons briefing paper (January 23 2013). This is exciting news.