Friday, October 21, 2005

Do you want to hear from Alan Milburn?

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Hear from your MP is a new service in beta testing, trying to encourage our MPs to talk to us. If Alan doesn't want to blog, maybe he'll like this more?

If you enter your details, we'll add you to a queue of other people in your constituency. When enough have signed up, your MP will get sent an email. It'll
say “20 of your constituents would like to hear what you're up to – hit reply to
let them know”. If they don't reply, nothing will happen, until they get an
email which says there are now 100 people; 200 people; 500 people – until it is
nonsensical not to reply and start talking.


Sounds good to me; I've signed up.

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Friday, May 06, 2005

Alan Milburn Blog: the final curtain

As I said earlier, now that Alan Milburn has been re-elected as MP for Darlington, I will no longer be actively writing on this blog; it's original purpose was to try to convince Alan that a blog was the best way for him to engage with the people of Darlington. He either doesn't agree, or doesn't think this is important. To be fair, even with a slightly reduced majority, he's way ahead of the other parties in the polls, so why does he need to bother trying to convince us he's doing a good job for us?

If Alan has a change of heart about blogging he and Kath know where to find me, if they need a hand setting things up.

See ya.

Election results in: Alan Milburn retains Darlington

The results are in, and Alan Milburn has retaken Darlington, albeit with a reduced majority.

He has also announced, again, that he doesn't want a place in the new cabinet, but will instead spend more time with his family, again. Now that the election is over, there obviously isn't a need for a tax-payer-funded election coordinator with a silly title.

Perhaps Alan might also like to spend some more time in Darlington, since he'll be only an hours drive away? Will the new free time also mean he's able to use his website/a blog as a means of communicating the day-to-day life of a constituency MP to the people of Darlington?

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Press Association - Elections 2005 - Constituencies in estimated declaration time order

Press Association - Elections 2005: "174 Darlington 00:01"

Darlington will be one of the first constituencies to declare. Use your vote tomorrow.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Constituency versus ministry?

There an interesting comment about MPs who work for their constituents versus MPs who are ministers on a post about Brian Sedgemoor's defection at Chicken Yoghurt.

Especially interesting for Darlington and Sedgefield residents.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

More leaflets

We had the leaflets for Veritas (Candidate: David Davies) and UKIP (Candidate: John Hoodless) posted through the door today.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Darlington Election Round-up

Despite stating the opposite, it appears that I am still going to post here occasionally after all. I've been prompted to do so, in part, by recieving an email from the British Library asking permission to archive the site, as a site relevant to the 2005 General Election! If anyone from the BL is reading this, you have my permission; I'll get around to sending the form back soon.

We've recieved a few more election leaflets from the Lib Dems and Conservatives, but still nothing from Labour.

My wife was stopped in the street by the Conservative candidate and asked if he had her vote, when he asked her why not her reply, which was along the lines of her not wanting to vote for a party of bigots left him unable to say anything other than "I can see I won't be able to change your mind".

In the same locality, my wife also saw a lasy dressed all in red, with a big red rosette and a big red flag asking people in the Post Office queue at 10:30 one morning if they would "be voting for Alan". Most people apparently just looked confused (most of the older folk were strugling to use the chip and PIN pension cards, which occasionally leave them in tears, so were probably not sure what she was on about).

I'll blog anything else I see/hear.

Alistair Campbell Blogger Outed by The Times

The Times have outed the Alistair Campbell blogger, and she's even written a piece for them about it.

Well done Anna, join the club.

Monday, April 18, 2005

FT.com - Milburn's welcome is tempered by some home truths

FT.com - Milburn's welcome is tempered by some home truths : "It is six in the evening at the end of a wet and blustery day in Darlington. In the fading light, a pair of black Volkswagen Golfs weave their way through the narrow streets just outside the town centre and come to a halt on an anonymous Victorian terrace."

Breaking election silence for a newspaper mention of Alan Milburn in Darlington!