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So close…

Yet so far…  I was appointed the Conservative Candidate for Oakley Ward in January 2015. From a standing start and in only 4 months, I managed to gain 39% share of the vote against a long standing borough councillor (29 years) and former Mayoress. I also managed to reduce her share of the vote from […]

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Archived: Three polling stations – one candidate!

Stevington Oakley and Pavenham…

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Archived: It’s polling day!

I feel like a Guardsman outside Buckingham Palace! Let’s make a change today! Go out to vote Ade Clewlow

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Archived: Why do we need change in Oakley Ward?

This is the question that the vast majority of people have asked me as I have been knocking on doors throughout the last 4 months. And the answer is simple. After 29 years it is highly unlikely that any borough councillor will have the same levels of drive, enthusiasm and ambition as when they started their […]

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Archived: Campaigning to the end…

I spent 5 hours in Lincroft yesterday. I met many people and they were all surprised when I explained that it was the culmination of a 4 month campaign. They didn’t expect to hear such commitment from a political candidate. I have been the only local candidate knocking on doors in this campaign. What does […]

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Nepal: what can we do?

As a former Gurkha officer and someone who spent three months in Nepal studying Nepali in 2004, the tragedy that struck the country last weekend is heartbreaking. While I was there I spent time in Kathmandu and in Pokhara where I was based, but also in Gorkha, a little known town in between the two.  The […]

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Archived: This election is going to be close…

I’m writing this from the Tudor Rose cafe in Oakley, which is a great place to recharge my batteries.     I’ve just finished meeting residents in Farsands and Burleigh Place. It was another positive morning; the majority of people I met wanted to see a change and would vote for me. Others were naturally reserved […]

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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 […]