September 4: Farage takes on Bercow - but will he win?
typically eye-catching and bravura political stunt. But can UKIP
leader and Kent MEP Nigel Farage really have grounds to believe
that he can overturn the 18,000-plus majority of John Bercow, the
Speaker of the House of Commons?
versus Bercow - read our story here>>>
There's no doubt that he'll give it
a go but I'm a little surprised at the UKIP leader's decision. He's
not made any real secret of the fact that at some point he'd like
to secure a seat at Wesminster but I'm not sure that this is the
Which is a shame as whatever you
think of his party, the MEP is - rather like Ann
Widdecombe - a refreshingly candid politician who speaks
his mind and doesn't mind ruffling feathers. Parliament could do
with a few more independently-minded MPs.
Nigel Farage tells Paul
Francis why he's taking on John Bercow
Still, it should make for an
entertaining general election campaign - at least in Buckingham.
What will be interesting to see is whether the mainstream parties
decide that having broken with the tradition that the Speaker is
unopposed at a general election, they follow suit and put up
REMEMBER the county council elections back in June?
The results saw a rather large number of new
members elected to the county council. But if you want
to check on any interests that have been registered by both
old and new members on the official register of interests, you'll
struggle.Unfortunately, the county council’s website has not quite
caught up with events.
Anyone who wants to check what interests have
been registered will only be able to find the names and details of
the 84 members who were on the council before June.
That’s not to say that members of the new
council have not complied with their obligations, of course.
Just that the public can’t apparently yet see them
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