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Monday, 31 October 2011

Raised Hands

left: Greg Hands

The Dame is pleased to hear Greg Hands M.P. has been made a Government Whip in last week's reshuffle of Ministerial posts. The appointments were made by the Prime Minister on 14 October and approved by HM The Queen later that evening.
This is the first time that the sitting M.P. for Chelsea has been a Government Minister since 1994, and the first time since 1997 for the sitting M.P. for Fulham.


  1. So nice to have a fresh and energetic politician in the Borough. Someone who works hard for residents and is trying to make a difference.

    Different from the deadwood in Kensington, Sir Knackered Rifkind - the MP who does not even bother to hold a surgery for his residents. It is time for the Tory Party to get rid of these ageing grandees and make room for those more in touch with the world.

    Rumour has it that Rif intends to stand again at the next election. An abominable idea

  2. Chelsea Resident31 October 2011 at 10:32

    Greg Hands MP may be promising material but he has a blind spot regarding the Tri Borough project. He thinks it will save money for Kensington and Chelsea.

    Just wait and see, boyo

  3. Tri-borough is a political bandwagon. Cockell et al will use it as a means of personal advancement whilst hundreds lose their jobs.

    It is already well documented that there is a huge difference between what residents perceive tri-borough will bring and what officers KNOW will be the outcome.Standards and services will plummet.

    Councillors MUST make a stand.

  4. Very dangerous cocktail with the Tri Borough. Two Tory MP's in K&C, one Tory MP in Westminster and one Labour MP in Hammersmith. And two "safe" Tory councils and one marginal (Hammersmith) council which can swing either way.

    Different demographics too - most different in Hammersmith.

    Westminster finances currently in crisis (they got their grant application wrong and are short of funds) so have to make structural change.

    Huge short term cost being created for redundancy and reorganisation.

    Private sector companies that have tried this kind of integration have found that the hoped for savings never happen.

    K&C is the most vulnerable Borough. Cockell could not give a damn - he will be off to the LGA at the end of this year and his successor will have to pick up the mess. He should stop playing with the train set and stick to joint purchasing of services with the other Boroughs (eg dustbin collections)

    Super greedy Derek Myers (£280k per year Chief Executive of the merger) is laughing all the way to the bank. He will do the integration and then "unwind it". Only us poor residents will suffer.

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