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Have Fenland Council lost the plot completely?

If you charge for parking in the small towns not only will people avoid shopping in areas that are already suffering from loss of shops, they will also not be getting business rates from empty premises.

Wisbech for one has lost many shops and the market is no longer what it was.

What we need is encouragement to companies to open here – not force people away.




Support is a mystery

It was so nice to receive my Citizen this week without the awful wrapper exalting the ‘virtues’ of Andrew Charalambous, UKIP candidate for NE Cambs.

I was glad to see that, eventually, the Citizen exposed this man.

I had already looked him up on the internet and had seen that two national newspapers had exposed him.

He is taking thousands of pounds in benefits for housing people who have no other choice but to live in his ‘properties’.

How anyone in their right mind voted for this man is a mystery to me.

Can you imagine the embarrassment of having to admit that you live in community who had elected this man to represent them in parliament?

Kathy Dougall,



Enjoy role why you can

I would like to wish Stephen Barclay, newly re-elected MP for North East Cambridgeshire, luck in his new role of Government Whip in David Cameron’s new administration. He will certainly need it.

David Cameron, like John Major in 1992, unexpectedly won a majority in the general election. David Cameron has a majority of just 12 compared to John Major’s 21.

Just like John Major, David Cameron will face a backbench rebellion over Europe which Mr Barclay will have to deal with in his role of Government Whip.

By 2020 Scotland could be out of the UK, and the UK could be out of the European Union.

Such developments would be devastating to the international prestige of the British ruling class. Mr Barclay will have to deal with this.

Mr Barclay will also have to deal with opposition amongst Tory MPs to the cuts, 60 percent having yet to take place.

The planned £12 billion of cuts to welfare will fill up Tory MP’s surgeries with the hardship caused.

At the same time, we could face a new economic downturn or slump, possibly triggered by the collapse of the credit and housing bubbles, or a crisis in the Eurozone, but this time under the Tories watch.

A re-invigorated Labour Party under a new leader, with over 35,000 new members joining since 7 May, including 75 in the Fenland area, means that Mr Barclay should enjoy his role of Government Whip whilst he can.

John Smithee,

Member, Unite the Union,


tribute to QEh

So grateful for my treatment

I would like to comment about my experience at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

In September 2014 I had a major operation by Mr Z Khan. He and his staff were excellent and I cannot fault the overall care, skill, and dedication of Mr Khan, who undoubtedly saved my life.

Also I thank – for the after-care in the high dependency unit – all the staff in Stanhoe ward, Dr Wiles, Fran Brearden and Gill Skipper, who have all been wonderful.

Eight months later I am fully recovered and leading a normal life.

We hear so many negative reports regarding the QEH. I have been in and out of the hospital for two years and could not be more grateful.

David Steward,

Sutton Bridge.

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