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Archived: Local politics meets Facebook

   In January this year my wife came up with the idea to set up a Facebook page for the village where we live and those villages surrounding us. I decided to add a couple more and so the community group COPS was born (covering Clapham, Oakley, Pavenham and Stevington). We are now nearing 500 […]

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Archived: They never said anything about this in the interview..!

It’s been a really busy weekend canvassing. This is what real local politics is all about. And with more people responding to my campaign and recognising me in the street, I am more confident than ever that change will come to the people in Oakley Ward. So as well as meeting the world’s biggest puppy […]

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Gallipoli 100

Why am I writing a blog about a small peninsula in Turkey? Lone Pine Cemetery – one of many Commonwealth War Graves in Gallipoli In 2008 I was lucky enough to visit this remarkable place with other international military colleagues, including two Australians who were there for the first time. Having read a lot about […]

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Archived: What did we learn from last night’s hustings in Oakley Village Hall?

Well, not that much, other than confirmation that Alistair Burt was head and shoulders over his fellow candidates. We did learn that those members of the public who sat through the two hours provided a brilliantly diverse range of questions for the panelists. I still think that UKIP’s policies are un-British and the Greens are […]

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Archived: 3 weeks to go – how will you vote locally?

In Oakley Ward it is a 2 horse race. With most other candidates simply nominated by their political parties, there is only one candidate who has been knocking on doors since January to hear your views (and you’re reading his blog!). Even today, canvassing with my local Parliamentary candidate Alistair Burt, I am struck by […]

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Archived: Parliamentary Hustings in Oakley – don’t miss it!

Here’s a question; why would anyone vote to reappoint the football manager who got the team relegated and nearly made them bankrupt? It wouldn’t happen would it? So why would anyone vote for Ed Balls to become our next Chancellor of the Exchequer when he was part of the economic problem in the first place? Is he […]

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Archived: How ambitious are our Mayoral candidates?

I hope the mayoral candidates look at this site before they come together for a hustings live on BBC 3CR on 30th April. I have some questions for the candidates and I submitted them today. Sarah Cox, the editor of the Beds on Sunday, replied and invited me to ask two questions on the night. I’m not […]

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Archived: Mogadishu?! Read my latest ‘In Touch’ campaign leaflet here…

I must the only local candidate in Bedford Borough who can claim to use the words al Qaeda and Mogadishu in a campaign leaflet! Please read about me and leave a comment. Vote Ade Clewlow on 7th May.

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Archived: The candidates list is out; but there is only one who is committed to the people of the Ward…

So Bedford Borough Council has announced the candidates for Oakley Ward ahead of the election on 7th May.  And it is clear I am the only candidate who is making any effort to connect with people in Oakley, Pavenham and Stevington. It’s not a surprise that the list is littered with paper candidates  – essentially each […]

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Archived: Connecting with people in Oakley Ward…

I decided to stand as a Borough Council candidate for the Conservatives over Christmas and was endorsed in early January.  I started knocking on doors immediately and it has been a wonderful experience so far.  OK, so some people are rude and ignorant and close the door very quickly, but the vast majority of people are […]