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May 4th Local Election

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Well the votes have been cast and are in the process of being counted.

Already we know that the Tory’s are leading in number of seats gained. A fair few from UKIP but even more from my party Labour.

I cant say that I am surprised by the collapse in the UKIP vote. Their Reason Detra  was a referendum on leaving the EU. Which thanks to David Cameron they got. And being the smaller party in favour of leaving the EU they were pushed to the sidelines in the sidelines int eh campaigning, and weren’t even the first to be spoken to when the result went their way.

The man who is Mr UKIP has stood down from the leadership. Ok not straight away their was a little tooing and froing where he was leader, then he wasn’t, then he was, then he wasn’t again.

Now UKIP’s leader is a man who’s bullshitted about having mates die at Hillsborough. Is under investigation for election fraud after claiming to live in a house that hadn’t been lived in for years to stand in a by election. A by election caused by Tristram Hunt stepping down after being offered any historians dream job.

So UKIP are being sent so far wholesale back down the hole they came from. And, to be honest it has been a long time coming and more then welcome.

As for leader the vote has held so far in wales and only dropped 65 seats in England as i write this.

Not a lot of seat given there’s over a thousand up for grabs this election. But, enough that councils have been lost and as I write one new Regional Major is a Tory.

I have to be honest here, I didn’t vote for my party this time. The first time in my voting  The person standing for my party in my area is someone I have no respect and in fact don’t like. I voted for an independent candidate. A woman who has held both local and county council seats for our area for over twenty years. A massive feat given that normally to get elected in our area all you have to do is wear a blue rosette.

I personally have know this lady for most of the time shes held her seats. My mother was elected to the local council in the same election and as the only Labour councillor she was basically an independent and worked very closely with all the independents. And this lady was the best of the bunch. Slightly annoying and in your face, but worked bloody hard and got the job done.

So on a local level I deemed my vote was best to go to the person who has a long track record of doing right by her constituents and gets things done, over someone who only joined a political party in their dotage and claims that peoples homes don’t exist cause their not easy to get to.

There will more then likely be another long post about the election when its all said an done, but in the mean time I’ll be Volunteering in my local Citizens Advice Office with one eye on the results and one on the training I’m doing to become an advisor.

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Maddie McCann

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Ten years ago today a young girl disappeared from a holiday flat while her parents where getting drunk in a bar some distance away. Since then the world has been divided as to the role her parents played in her disappearance.

A lot of people myself included believe that the McCann’s are to blame whole heartedly for her disappearance and  if the poor child is dead then they have her blood on their hands.

How can so called intelligent people believehat it is OK to not only leave young children alone in an apartment in a different country, they where in a different building a good five minute walk away from the children.

My parents never left my siblings and I alone until as the eldest i was in my mid teens and had enough sense to be able to look after the younger two. the youngest of which was nearly in double figures.

For the last ten years people have debated back and forth over whos to blame and whats happened to the child. One thing everyone can agree on is that it is heart breaking that a young girl has gone missing and is alone in the world.

People have refereed back to other case of missing children where the parents have been dragged over the coals and very heavily investigated before being cleared of having anything to do with the disappearance.

From what has been reported the McCanns haven’t had the same invasive look at that others in their situation have.

A lot of people believe it is because of their jobs. One a GP and one an eminent heart surgeon.  This may or may not be the case. But from the reporting it has been far more positive of the parents then in other cases.

For instance Ben Needlehams parents where dragged through the mud when he went missing and yet they didn’t do anything wrong. He was playing in a family members garden when he was taken, with members of the family close by.

The McCanns where neglectful and didn’t do everything in their power to keep their children safe.

I have always thought that they should have had the twins taken off them until which ever child protection agency has completed a full investigation into them, concluded they where safe to have children. Its whats happened in other cases so not this one.

As for the twins what sort of life are they being made to live where they are constantly in the shadow of their parents hunger for media coverage. No one seems to be thinking about the twins and how their lives have been affected by their sisters disappearance. They where so young when it all happened that quite possibly the only memories they have off her are news reports and their parents ignoring their health and well well being to appear on the latest show who wants an interview.

While I cant imagine the pain of having a child taken and never knowing if they are a live or not. How that messes with your head or anything else, there are still two children who need to live a normal happy life. One where they are the centre of attention every once in a while and not always in the shadow of a sister they cant remember.

All this is before you consider the cost to us the tax payers. £11 million, in the last few years just for Scotland yard to be involved. Money which while I’m sure any parent in that situation would say had to be spent. But, in the grand scheme of things £11 million to re hash everything that has gone before with no new leads is a waste of public money?

How many police officers could have bee  trained and hired with that money? How many other investigations have fallen by the wayside because funding was being sent to Portugal rather then being spent at home?

How many other children have gone missing in that time who that money could have been used to find?

And then you get headlines like this:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4467832/Met-interested-proving-McCann-parents-innocent.html

And this:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4467832/Met-interested-proving-McCann-parents-innocent.html

And this:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-theories-kate-gerry-10342011

 

And this:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/madeliene-mccann-parents-kate-gerry-british-portuguese-police-fell-out-daughter-missing-operation-a7714736.html

 

None of it makes for happy reading, and the comment sections are full of people arguing about what happened that night and the motives behind both the press and McCanns for keeping it in the public view all the time.

My son who was born 18 months after she disappeared knows who and what was involved that night through it being on the television.

No one will ever know what truely happened that night. We cant while lies are being told and people wont take responsibility for their actions leading to this unfortunate event.

All I can say is that it will take a lot to convince me that the parents haven’t had a major part to play in what happened. And lets be honest here in this day and age what idiots leave three very young children alone in a strange place so they can go and get pissed?

Going grey

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As a woman it is expected that you go kicking and screaming into the world of having a head of grey hair.

Not me. This year I turn thirty, and i am in the position of no longer being able to pluck the grey out without seriously reducing the amount of hair I have. I noticed the first grey hairs in my hair when i was 24. lucky they were at the nape of my neck so easy to hide till they where long enough to pluck without taking other hairs with them.

As the years have past the grey has taken over more of my hair and now stands out amongst its nearly pitch black brethren. At first when I noticed the grey migrating to where everyone can see it i was heart broken. I love my natural hair colour and the various different colours it goes in the summer sun.

But then again I’m thirty in just over three months and my twenties haven’t been the pleasant happy go  lucky time i thought they would be.

I suffered a horrible pregnancy and labour. Had post natal depression that has since been re classed as psychosis due tot he fact i cant remember a large part of the the first three years of my sons life.

I have spent eight years fighting to get mentally stable again and during that time not really taken good care of myself so of course i’m showing signs of ageing before my time. even more so before my time when you consider people have trouble believing that i am nearly thirty when they see me face to face. Most say they would believe about 25-27 not nearly the big 30.

anyway back to the subject. Grey Hair.

I thought it would be a disaster getting it. its an old person thing that you don’t wan to admit to.

Well i was wrong. As it turns out now I’ve gotten used to having the grey there i quite like it. I’m lucky in the fact that a lot of it has grown in as more streaks of grey like highlights then all over the place.

The grey in my case is also much thicker then the brown hair. I always believed that grey hair would be thinner and break easier then non grey hair. well in my case the opposite is true. So why would i want to damage it by colouring it.

Plus there’s the fact that if i colour my hair to hide the ever growing number of grey I’ll lose getting to see my hair become all natural shades when bleached by the summer sun. After a while of being in the sun i have reds come through, blondes and all the browns hair can be. so its a little like getting lots of different colour streaks put in, only i get it for free after just a few hours in the sun.

I guess what I’m really trying to say is I’m in the winter of my twenties with 20% grey hair and love it. No one will push me into getting it died just to keep to social norms for people my age. My hairs in great condition right now and I want to keep it that way not damage it with dyes.

Rumours from Labour Party Conference

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this year i couldn’t get to the conference so anything i say on here has come from others who were and i will not be mentioning names.

Will fact that can be proved is that the leader didn’t use his special room behind the stage. He must have said he wasn’t going to use it before the conference started as there wasn’t the normal bowl of fruit on the table, which people working behind the scenes often pinched from.

After corbyns speech when he left the hall , a small steward was squashed by the press against a wall and had a big burly man stand on her feet while trying to film the leader. she was shouting you bastard and hitting every inch of him she could reach and he didn’t even flinch. She said if it wasn’t for the guy standing on her feet keeping her upright against the wall she would have been trampled under foot.

Simon Danczuk was a hot topic at the conference given on he first day he was on tv calling out all his peers as stupid and johnny come lately’s. And was in pretty much every right wing paper saying the same and trying to play the victim.

It was said that labour mps when they see him heading their way turn tail and hide from him. And that he is known for throwing punches in the commons when he doesnt get his own way.

This is a man who’s said he wouldn’t support anything the leadership try to push through then throw a tantrum when someone who hasn’t been in parliament as long as he has is given a job in the shadow cabinet

If he wanted a job he should take his cue from proper party members and keep your private misgivings to your self and not spread them around the right wing press.

As always there was talk of who out of the singles there was hooking up with who. Nothing much there apart from again a rumour that danzcuk was having it a way with a pretty young thing from the north. It turns out that one was true as it has been widely reported in the press today that he is indeed shagging a blonde lass from leyland.

Unbelievably given the rumours in the press there wasn’t any talk of trying to get rid of corbyn. People where more concentrating on putting on a united front and working towards getting an agenda together that will help voters choose to vote labour.

Even though there wasn’t a proper debate on trident, a lot of the people there where talking about it and seemed to have the same view as corbyn on getting rid of it. the money that is poured into keeping trident could be put to much better use in the nhs or our school system.

A lot of people where looking forward to helping out in the Scottish and local elections that will be happening next year. There will be a lot to put in place before hand and a manifesto to write.

All in all most people left with a feeling of unity and a new hope for fighting for the people in up coming elections.

Again i must say what I’ve written is rumour and I haven’t been able to find a proof of most of it but thought it was interesting stuff anyway

Labour Party Conference

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Today is the start of the Labour Party Conference.

I myself wont be there. I’ll be honest with things that have happened during the last few months I forgot to apply to steward it, like I have done in the past. But my Grandmother as always is there. Yet again she’s working it and is working in the backstage area. There you have all the works for sound and video, but also an office for the Leader and Deputy leader to use where pretty much no one can get to.

As a steward your expected to work hard for min wage but you have fun doing it. Your pretty much all access ID lets you in the hottest events and often during the leader and deputy leader speeches every one working manages to be in the main room to watch.

This Conference really is the first chance that the leadership can properly put across their plans for the party and how they are going to make them happen.

This Conference is the “biggest one” for the party in a long time. Even more so then last years. Last year was about shooting the starting gun for the run up to the election. This one is about proving that the new left wing leadership voted into place in the last three weeks has what it takes to unite the party and lead us in to a bright future.

This isn’t helped by the likes of Simon Danczuk writing opinion pieces in the Daily Mail trying to tear apart the party. Complaining that Corbyn won. Saying that they themselves are being bullied for not being fully behind the new line up.

Well Mr Danczuk I’ve got news for you. I didn’t support you on a personal level while i was living in Rochdale. But that didn’t stop me from campaigning on your behalf. Using the basket on my three month old son’s pram to hold the leaflets you wanted putting out.

It didn’t stop me from coming to meetings to plan the next weeks events and taking part in them. Hell having bad post natal depression and being scared of going outside I still managed with a lift from someone you’ve now tried to drag through the mud to get to the Head office in Rochdale and help organise drinks and food for the people who where helping out on election day.

To me it was just what you did for your candidate. I can remember my mother eight months pregnant with a two year old in a pram and a nearly five year old me posting leaflets through doors during the 1992 election. My mother wasn’t impressed with the candidate we had then but she still did her bit.

So for the likes of Mr Danczuk this week at Conference is about pulling the party together, showing the world that the party can unite behind a leader who was fairly elected to the post and look to the future and what we can do to get elected and make the country better for every one.

The biggest Challenge this week will be on Tuesday when Corbyn gives his first ever Leaders speech at Conference. This is always the part where the party unites and hangs on the leaders every word. Hearing what their plans for the next year will be.

I was in the room when Tony Blair gave his last speech as leader. And I’ll admit I shed  a little tear at the end. It was moving and full of hope for the future.

I was in the room for John Prescotts last Deputy Leader’s speech. My main memory of that was of laughter. Just like all his past Deputy speeches it ended the conference on a high note to cheers from the crowd.

I was in the room for the first speeches of Gordon Brown and Harriet Harman. Neither where as moving or funny. But both where full of hope and setting out their vision for the future of the party.

For all Leader and Deputy speeches the lines to get into the room start forming at least two hours before bums on seats, which itself happens about an hour before the speech is due to start.

To get into the room if your not working you need a special ticket which is like gold dust. If you don’t have one of the tickets by the middle of the first day of Conference you aren’t getting in. Even the press have to have one of the tickets. The only reason i got to see the speeches I did was because i was working as a steward in the room on those days.

I don’t see it being any different this year. If anything the tickets must have run out earlier then normal. All MP’s have to be in the Leaders speech and are often seated before anyone else close to the stage. That sadly includes the likes of Mr Danczuk.

To be honest I think people like him who go running to the opposition news papers to make a few quid and tear apart the party should give up their seat to someone who is willing to work for the interests of the party no matter who the leader is. In politics as in life you might not like your boss but you show a united front against the world no matter what your opinion of them is.

I know a lot of people who aren’t happy that Corbyn won, but who’ll be watching his speach as avidly as any other by a leader. Who keep their opinion of him to themselves in public while working for the party and putting on a united front. We have a leader who was voted in with a vast majority by members of the party, so we have to respect that and work towards the future united and with one clear message.

Is that really too much to ask for?

I’d like to think it isn’t.

Home smear tests.

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Doing my normal reading free online newspapers and came across this.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3234197/Would-use-DIY-smear-test-New-kit-allows-women-cervical-cancer-test-home-poll-reveals-1-million-NEVER-tested-fearing-embarrassment-pain.html

I normally only read the Daily Mail for laughs. There’s normally a badly spelled and grammared article on there about how standards in schools are slipping and children don’t know basic spelling and grammar. I know mine isn’t up to much but I have a great excuse I’m dyslexic.

Anyway back to the point. The above link takes you to an article about a company that is offering home smear tests for around £129.

They hope that by offering a smaller do it at home kit more women will be willing to take a test.

There’s worrying stats on  how many women avoid having a test. 5 million are behind on testing, 1 million have never had a test.

The main excuse is that they worry about it hurting or don’t have time to have it done.

Bullshit.

As far as I’m concerned you owe it to yourself and your kids if you have them to get tested. It takes five minutes tops and while a little uncomfortable it doesn’t hurt and three years of peace of mind is more then worth it. And by doing it at the doctors it doesn’t cost anything.

I’m sure that it’s a great idea and it could possibly get more women to get themselves tested but at £129 a throw just how many women are really going to go for it. If there’s a way the company can bring the price of the tests down then maybe more would be tempted to try it.

I myself am more then happy to go have a nurse do it. when they do it, they look in there and can spot if anything is wrong, something which wouldn’t happen with a home kit.

At my last test last month instead of having waiting for the results playing on my mind I was comforted by the nurse saying that I had a good healthy looking cervix. So when the results came just over a week later it confirmed what the nurse. My cervix is healthy and theres nothing to worry about. So I’ll be back in three years for the next one. And now I know they can see the cervix when doing the test I’ll be asking if it looks healthy.

Corbyn Watson win.

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Well after three months of the labour party tearing itself apart led by the parliamentary party, we have a result.

Jeremy Corbyn won a resounding 59.5% of the voters first preference vote. That’s unheard of in the labour party. The party is made up of so many factions of the left brought together under one umbrella that its kinda amazing that the best part of 60% of the party could agree on one man for the job.

Before Corbyn got to the stage to give his winners speech two people had already resigned from the shadow cabinate. Now we’ll never know if Corbyn would have kept them in their jobs or given them others. Half the front bench quit within a few hours. stating that they wouldn’t work with some one as far left as Corbyn.

Well that to me just shows that they really don’t care about what grass roots members want. They only care about getting the biggest office and in front of the most cameras.

While Corbyn has chosen to put men in the three biggest jobs in the shadow cabinet, the rest of the cabinet is a nice mix of men and women from all parts of the party. In fact he has the highest number of women ever in any cabinet.

He has sent out emails to normal members asking what questions they would like him to put to Camaron at PMQ’s. Something no one has ever done before. Normally the questions are thought up behind closed doors by five or six people.

So far I’m impressed with what Corbyn has managed to pull off in 48 hours while preparing the oppositions response to an unfair trade union bill, and dealing with a parliamentary party that doesn’t want him there or respects the wishes of their grass roots supporters. The very people they relay on to work on their campaigns, taking time off from their normal lives to help return a labour member of parliament for their area.

One last note on Corbyn since he was announced as leader over 20.000 people have signed up as full members. There is now more members of the party then at any time in history. Something even the MP’s god Tony Blair couldn’t manage.

Tom Watson as deputy is going to cause some fire works. He only won the role after three of his rivals where eliminated from the running, using the preference system.

Watson isn’t known as a big Corbyn man but he said all through the never leadership race that he would find a way to work with whoever won the leader role.

Watson is mostly known for his work against the newspapers snooping and making things up. A lot of people outside the party only know him for that. Can’t really say what he’s known for inside the party as a lot of the people i talk to inside the party were supporting Angela Eagle or Caroline Flint.

And as Watson isn’t seen by them as a proper northener he doesn’t really register on their radar.

All in all so far while its not the outcome i voted for myself, i feel that the team so far is doing well against the odds and i look forward to seeing what happens at PMQ’s and what the team can manage in the days and weeks to come.

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