Fenland MP: ‘Honour to be re-elected’

Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

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I would like to thank the voters of North East Cambridgeshire for the great honour of re-electing me as their Member of Parliament.

It is particularly pleasing to have increased the number of votes, the percentage and the majority.

I am also conscious that many people within the constituency either did not vote for me or did not vote at all.

I would like to assure them that I will continue to champion the community as a whole as I have never believed that any one party has a monopoly on all the best ideas.

The declaration of the election result in North East Cambridgeshire came just after 8am.

A big thank you is therefore due to all the staff at Fenland District Council for all their work both during polling day itself and through the night at the count.

May I extend my congratulations to all councillors elected to both Fenland and East Cambridgeshire District Councils.

I look forward to working with them in the best interests of our area.

My Westminster office is now open and I can be contacted on 0207 219 7117 should constituents wish to raise issues in the future.

Steve Barclay MP,

North East Cambridgeshire Parliamentary Constituency.

DISTRICT ELECTIONS

Thank you for voting for me

I wish to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you who took the trouble to vote for me.

It is an honour and a privilege to be elected to public service as a councillor and I will continue to do my best for this area.

I would also like to thank my wife June and all those who helped me with my campaign.

I wish to thank the other unsuccessful candidates for the courage to stand.

It is not an easy decision and I give due credit to what were honest campaigns from the opposition.

I look forward to representing you all and working alongside Mike Cornwell (Conservative) and Stephen Court (Liberal Democrat) for the benefit of March North on Fenland District Council.

My sincere gratitude to you all.

Steve Count,

Fenland District Council member, March North ward

LABOUR LEADERSHIP

Aim for these voters

All five candidates for the Labour leadership agree on one thing: Labour must appeal to the ‘aspirational’ voter who aspires to shop at Waitrose and John Lewis.

In Wisbech, it means that Labour must appeal to those voters who ‘aspire’ to shop at Tesco’s but currently shop at discounters such as Aldi, Lidl, Poundworld, 99p Store, QD, and Poundland.

Fenland is well-known for its very low wages. Labour can only appeal to the ‘aspirational’ voter by supporting the TUC’s campaign for a minimum wage of £10 an hour, without exemptions.

£10 an hour can easily be afforded by the supermarkets and food processing factories which dominate the Fenland landscape. £10 an hour would force businesses large and small to be more efficient.

Those companies and businesses who say they cannot afford £10 an hour should open up their books to experts employed by trade unions such as Unite, the GMB, Usdaw, Unison, and the Bakers’ Union.

The Bakers’ Union is working to organise workers at Costa, McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Subway, and Starbucks, through its Fast Food Rights Campaign for £10 an hour.

A campaign by Labour for £10 an hour will be central to Labour winning back those ‘aspirational’ voters in Fenland who voted Conservative or UKIP.

John Smithee,

Member, Unite the Union,

Wisbech.

DOG DIRT

Please clean up after pets

I appeal to all of the dog walkers who use Nene Parade in March to exercise their pets.

More and more of you are just not picking up the mess left by your dogs – and it’s a nightmare for people living alongside the river.

Adults having to negotiate the mess is one thing – but children get it all over their shoes and walk it into homes and classrooms.

Please, please, please take the trouble to pick it up. You’ve taken the effort to bring your dog out for a walk – surely it’s not too much to ask you to do the decent thing?

Nene Parade resident,

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