Purdah She Wrote

Greetings all

I trust that you are all looking forward to the long weekend? I know that I am – Easter already seems a very long time ago.

Anyway, here is what I have been up to of late:

Early this week, myself and Cllr Cain had one of our catch up meetings. As you might image, campaigning in the Bloomfield Ward for the forthcoming general election was our main discussion point, but we also managed to cover some fly tipping issues and some ASB issues in the ward.

On Tuesday night, I attended a Public Protection Committee meeting. This is a sub-committee of the Licensing Committee and as the name implies, considers matters of public safety relating to licensing matters. Some of the matters discussed are of a confidential nature, but most of the subject matter of the meeting can be viewed by clicking the link below:

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Which brings me onto Wednesday night.

For any of you that haven’t heard of purdah, this is a convention whereby government (local and national) do not deal with any matters that could be considered political during the period before elections (you may have seen the government trying to stop the publishing of a report on air pollution citing purdah – they failed!) . As such, both local and central government departments are now in the purdah period.

Why am I explaining this? Well, on Wednesday night I chaired the Health Scrutiny Committee – the three juicy items – young persons mental health, a progress report on the Harbour mental health facility and a finances report from the Blackpool Vic – were all pulled from the agenda due to purdah. D’oh! The meeting took 17 minutes.

This was especially annoying as I had met with a group of young people a few weeks ago to take away their personal stories of mental health provision in the town – it was something that I was really looking forward for the committee to get it’s teeth into as it is a massive issue. Many of the young people were also planning to attend the meeting until the agenda item got pulled – so apologies to them.

However, as soon as the general election, I will get this item back onto the agenda for a forthcoming meeting. It will be scrutinised soon, worry not.

Yesterday afternoon, myself and several other local Labour activists did a bit of door knocking for the election in Bloomfield Ward.

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“On the knock” in Bloomfield Ward yesterday

Gordon Marsden has been working hard for you for the last 20 years and it is SO important to get him re-elected this time – it could be a close fight in Blackpool South and every one of your votes matter. I can’t understate how important it is that you get out there on June 8th and get Gordon back in. And tell all your friends and family to as well (unless you fancy a Tory MP).

Can any of you help out? You don’t need to be a member of the Labour Party to do so. If any of you can take posters or garden stakes (the ones that look like estate agents boards), then give me a shout using the comment button above.

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My house!

Anyway, that’s me for now. I’m off to see the band Future Islands in Liverpool tomorrow – hence the above video. The lead singer looks and dances like a drunk uncle at a wedding, but I really like them.

Until next time, Jim.

2 thoughts on “Purdah She Wrote

  1. Rob says:

    Fantastic blog Jim….the people of Blackpool are lucky to have you….even though I wouldn’t describe myself as a loyal Labour supporter.
    Hope you’re keeping well and having fun

    Liked by 1 person

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