Entries by Darren

How can any Councillor look their constituents in the eye and defend Council policies which prioritise investing in a hotel company over providing frontline services for residents

Dear Editor, Last year I was very vocal in my opposition to plans from Stockton-on-Tees Council to invest in a Hilton hotel.   At a time when local residents were been faced with simultaneous Council Tax rises and cuts to key services I felt the the mere idea of investing in a luxury hotel was absurd.  However, […]

The narrative surrounding hospital services in Hartlepool must change

Dear Editor, I welcome the announcement from Alan Foster that maternity services will not be centralised at James Cook University Hospital as had long been feared. The loss of Hartlepool’s A&E services is still a major issue for the area and it is very clear that local people want key medical services to remain at […]

Claims about North East economy slammed by MEP

An Independent North East politician has slammed false Remain claims that the North East economy will drop by 16% in the event of a hard Brexit, suggesting that they are not only misinterpreting Treasury data, but that the data has a proven track record of being flawed. Jonathan Arnott, an independent member of the European […]

It’s not too late to adopt the right approach

Dear Editor, While the EU continues to stamp its feet like a petulant child over Brexit it was reassuring, though not surprising, to hear that our relations with China will not change. At least the beleaguered Mrs May was able to return from her trip there with that good news from the Chinese Prime Minister […]

Remainers are fighting against shadows

Dear Editor, As far as I can tell the bottom hasn’t fallen out of the world since the UK voted for Brexit – and nor will it. But those in favour of remaining still invent opportunities to proclaim, or at least imply, that our future is a bleak one filled with doom and gloom. The […]

The North East requires more investment in transport

Dear Editor, I quite agree with the 26 North East Labour MPs demanding more transport investment in the region. They are quite right and it is a subject close to my heart about which I have spoken on many many occasions. There may be some dispute about the exact figures involved in the discrepancy between […]

If the murder, enslavement, torture, beating, execution and imprisonment of Christians worldwide is ever to stop, then a necessary first step is that we must be aware of it.

Last week I had a meeting with Open Doors, a charity which works with Christians worldwide who face persecution for their beliefs. It was, to say the least, an eye-opener for me. I was aware that Christians in various countries around the world are being persecuted for their beliefs. Indeed, I’ve tried to raise some […]

Statement on my resignation from the UK Independence Party

Politics has a reputation for nastiness, in-fighting, backstabbing, shameless self-promotion and over-inflated egos. That’s not what it should be. Politics should be about helping to make people’s lives better; I happen to believe this is best achieved through less State control of citizens’ daily lives. Many years ago I joined what was then a tiny political party, speaking […]