Joe Willis LATEST
12:29pm Friday 29th May 2015
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3:50pm Wednesday 27th May 2015
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2:19pm Wednesday 27th May 2015
Sir, – Writing as the UK Independence Party candidate for Thirsk and Malton at the General Election, I would like to congratulate Kevin Hollinrake, our new MP, and the five other candidates on a fine campaign, fought on all sides with much good humour and courtesy. I would also like to thank sincerely the 7,805 electors who voted UKIP, up from 2,502 in 2010.
12:38pm Wednesday 27th May 2015
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1:16pm Thursday 30th April 2015
12:10pm Thursday 30th April 2015
Sir, – Everyone involved with the Wensleydale School and Sixth Form in Leyburn will have been shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely death of Graham Parker from a heart attack, just a few weeks after he left his post as headteacher at the school.
12:09pm Thursday 30th April 2015
Sir, – Having received at long last through our letter box this week the local Conservative party candidate's election leaflet, my eagle-eyed wife was quick to spot that among the rogues gallery of party leaders pictured on the inside pages was Alex Salmond. Sheer ignorance, sexism or both on the part of the self-proclaimed party of competence?
10:23am Thursday 30th April 2015
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12:14pm Wednesday 29th April 2015
Sir, – I get the feeling that Rishi Sunak is taking the electorate for Richmondshire for granted after failing to attend a meeting in Northallerton, the largest town in the constituency, on Sunday evening, giving a limp excuse for not being there. This was met with astonishment by the 300-plus people who attended. Does he really think that he has to just put his name on the ballot paper to get elected? Judging by comments overheard he might just get a deserved nasty shock on the night. Congratulations to all other candidates who acquitted themselves very well on the night. Also thanks to Steve Cowie for keeping a tight control on the evening.
7:29am Wednesday 29th April 2015
12:22pm Tuesday 28th April 2015
Sir, – The constant general comments about UKIP being racists is untrue and hurtful. UKIP have a host of progressive policies and say, in line with all major parties, that we need effective and efficient border controls and a fair immigration policy, again, the same as other major political parties. I am a local UKIP candidate, interested in the well-being of my local community and local issues; so please, no more unfounded accusations of racism. I am certainly no racist, but I believe in harmony and equal opportunities in our society. Let's debate the facts, not rely on slurs to win a contest.
1:02pm Monday 27th April 2015
Sir, – What a disappointment. I read the headline about a new railway bridge to ease congestion in Northallerton (D&S, April 10) and assumed it would be built at Low Gates. Wrong. Having attended the consultation presentation I can only see that things will get worse instead of better. There is the potential with the new development for an extra 1,000 cars accessing Stokesley Road and Darlington Road with no easing of the choke point at Low Gates roundabout. I suspect Standard Way will become a rat run for people avoiding Low Gates when the inevitable queues form whenever a train goes by. When will North Yorkshire County Council and Hambleton District Council accept the fact that a bridge at Low Gates is the only way to ease congestion in the town? Maybe Network Rail can be persuaded to help if the proposed electrification of the Middlesbrough line goes ahead.
10:52am Friday 24th April 2015
6:33pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015
3:42pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015
THE dismantling of shared services revealed that there was little love lost between the independents - several of whom were once Tories - who run Richmondshire and the Conservatives in control of neighbouring Hambleton. The relationship will not have improved by a claim in last week's D&S by Richmondshire deputy leader Mick Griffiths that Hambleton had increased its council tax bills this year. Several Hambleton Conservatives have been in-touch to point out that their district actually froze its precept for 2015/16. Spectator is sure the error by Cllr Griffiths, who was responding to election baiting by the Tories, was unintentional.
7:04am Monday 20th April 2015
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