Meeting with Lord Heseltine and Eric Pickles MP

Yesterday I had a busy day with various meetings and then off to London to represent the Leader of Suffolk County Council Jeremy Pembroke at the LGA Councillors Forum meeting in general session, i.e. all the political parties with, Lord Heseltine who spoke of his personal political journey to conclude that elected Mayors are the absolutely the only way forward, those in the room were polite but in general disagreed and he had quite a rough time, not that that fussed him at all. Fortunately there was no mention of a directly elected Mayor as the right solution for shire county solution, which is good. He also articulated his passion that Unitary Councils are the only logical only way forward!, very off-message to say the least.  

Then on to the group meeting where Eric Pickles MP gave us a sort of short ‘state of the nation’ speech and there was a full and frank exchange of views as to the issues before us, I suppose he was very on-message but then again as he rather writesd the messages for Local Government I suspose he is always on message, power indeed!

He then went on to talk about some of the exciting developments that will be rolled out over the coming months as we seek to redefine the relationship between local and Central government. He was as relaxed I have seen him at an event, reflective on the first year in power and excited by the challenges that lay ahead, as we all are.  

Whilst there is lots that I cannot blog about, he made an interesting comment ‘In politics never get tied up with power, go for influence’ which I thought was interesting.

Meeting finished and I rushed back to Liverpool Street Station to get back to Endeavour House in Ipswich for a meeting with the Directors and Trustee’s of the ICENI Project to discuss their future and what funding we could make available to them; All in all a busy day.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Kerry Buist on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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