Saturday, 21 March 2009

Local accountability

It has been a busy few weeks. The remainder of our last batch of leaflets have now been delivered and it is also the time of year for AGMs.

The local branches in the constituency are really starting to gear up for the unitary elections on the 4th of June. In the last couple of weeks I have been to meet party members in Hayle, Mawnan Smith, Constantine, Stithians, Redruth, Budoch Water and Camborne. Morale is good and we have just about indentified candidates for every ward in the new unitary election in the Camborne and Redruth constituency.

We all know that we have a lot of hard work ahead of us. But accountability in politics is important and is only made possible with the help of volunteers.

The track record of the Lib Dem dominated council at County Hall is not a pretty sight. The independent Audit Commission rates it as one of the worst performing councils in the country and there have been some breathtaking examples of incompetence such as the failure to keep Newquay Airport open. It remains to be seen whether this failure will translate into a mood for change. As Conservatives, we can only play our part by holding them to account and putting up candidates to provide local people with an alternative.