The epigrams of the editor of Le Figaro – Alphonse Karr, certainly ring true to-day in the rough of Waverley – which encompasses the electoral districts of South West Surrey and the constituency of Guildford.
Let’s face it, there’s more chance of Nelson getting his eye back than the likelihood of anything changing around here! Unless of course it is the local elections – viva la change in Godalming and Farnham!
Just more of the same: MP Jeremy Hunt – grinning from ear to ear after notching up 33,683 votes (a fall of 4.1% – 2015) despite the fact that he was standing against a very creditable candidate Dr Louise Irvine – for the National Health Action Party who managed a very healthy – 12,093 votes. JH secured the seat he has held since 2005, despite the difficulties that the areas that, both he and his neighbouring colleague Anne Milton, face due to changes in the way healthcare will be delivered in future!
Matron Milton clocked up 30,295 votes – down by 2.5% on 2015, from her nearest rival Zoe Franklin (Lib Dem) 13,255. Despite the fact that her decision to call in a major plan to build in the borough’s largest brown field site at Dunsfold, has, and will continue to have, the effect of either bringing down Waverley’s Local Plan and … an avalanche of consents, and applications to build over large parts of the countryside and possibly even protected areas of Waverley including the Green Belt!
Her whip has stood her in good stead in persuading the – former – Secretary of State to call for a ‘very expensive’ public inquiry next month.
Mind you it will be whip, crack away, if she continues her old job as deputy chief whip with a hung parliament at Westminster.
NOW…we wait with bated breath to see whether our Annie flushed with her own success, in the wake of the Dunsfold call-in, decides to throw her (whip) into the ring and launch a bid for the Tory Party leadership? . Oops she may have to be quick wit that whip to get in before our Jeremy?