Friday, May 15, 2009
ELSTOW ABBEY CONCERT TOMORROW
On Saturday evening the Flitwick Singers will perform at Elstow Abbey. The concert is organised by the Friends of Elstow Abbey, which I chair and all profits go towards refurbishing the 11th Century Abbey Church and organ repairs All are welcome to join us at 7.00pm for a drink before the 7.30pm Concert.
This Concert is a welcome break from a punishing election campaign schedule. So far I have knocked on 1,000 doors, mainly on my own and delivered 2,000+ manifestos with a tiny team of helpers. Early this week I hurt my leg and have aggravated an old injury to my Achilles tendon. Now I am limping round my Ward like Long John Silver! I am getting some hostile responses on the doorstep from people who, like me, are fed up with listening to mealy mouthed MPs making feeble excuses for their dishonest conduct.
Elliot Morley, Labour MP for Scunthorpe, claimed not to know that he had paid off his mortgage and was still receiving £800 per month! For most normal people paying off a mortgage is a major event in our lives, and it beggars belief that he did not know that he was receiving an extra £800 per month in income - more than some people earn in their jobs! My own daughter, a university graduate and single parent with 2 small children, receives less than this for a part time time job as PA in Adult Social Care in Staffordshire.
I have already written about Margaret Moran, her 4 homes, and her £22k claim to cure dry rot in her Southampton home, 100 miles from her Luton South constituency. Richard Stay, a Central Bedfordshire Councillor has now reported Moran to the Police for fraud and she has already been forced to repay the fraudulently claimed money.
The repercussions of this national scandal have affected ordinary Councillors like me who do not receive large allowances or paid help to do our jobs. We have to earn a living elsewhere and my part time job and pensions subsidise my Council work.