Friday, May 27, 2005
Keith Vaz and Europe matters
Keith Vaz and health matters
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Gateway college move plans
Now, I have a particular interest in all this. I was at Gateway only a few years ago and am wholeheartedly against it moving out to Rushey Meads. I believe a new campus is necessary but do not want to see the college leave the city centre. If people think the college needs to move then move it must. Development and improvement is vital. Being relocated to Rushey Meads would make Gateway inaccessible to students from the south of the city, and, indeed, county. Important considerations such as discounted bus passes only apply when college's are within or over a certain distance, there is no other alternative etc etc. It's all very complicated.
Moving Gateway outside the city centre effectively eliminates it as an option for many students. I thought everything was supposed to be about choice? In the city centre everyone has to travel equal distances to whichever college you choose. I'm sure the move would be great for Rushey Mead and the surrounding area students, but at the great loss to other students. I've always seen it as a great feature of Leicester FE provision that you could choose between colleges fairly equally in terms of logistics. Gateway, QE, Regent and Leicester College all offer different experiences and it is the experience that should be the factor in deciding on which college to go to, not travel costs and times.
Other ideas, criticisms etc, gratefully received below.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Queen's speech aftermath
Incitement to religious hatred and ID cards, outlined by the BBC. And an overview from Leicester Mercury: Blair promises 'bold reform'. Any comments?
Saturday, May 14, 2005
No charisma bypass for our Keith
For its part, the Times of India was disappointed that the number of British Indian MPs remained unchanged, at six. It noted that, of the new MPs, "Except for [Keith] Vaz, they've all had a charisma bypass more or less."
Saturday, May 07, 2005
Leicester East results
Keith Vaz (Lab) - 24,015 - 58.1% (+0.5%)And in the news:
Suella Fernandes (Con) - 8,139 - 19.7% (-4.8%)
Susan Cooper (Lib Dem) - 7,052 - 17.1% (+4.8%)
Colin Brown (Veritas) - 1,666 - - 4.0% (+4.0%)
Valerie Smalley (Socialist Labour) - 434 - 1.1% (-1.0%)
Majority 15,876, 38.4%
Turnout 41,306, 62.2% (+0.1%)
Tory arrested as postal-vote fraud inquiries widen (Times Online) has a little about postal vote fraud allegations in Leicester East.
Vaz bucks national trend to tighten grip on stronghold from the Leicester Mercury talks to Keith Vaz and other candidates in Leicester East.
Any comments, leave them below.