Turnout has fallen in each election to the European Parliament since the first in 1979. At the same time, the power of the Parliament has increased from little more than a talking shop to today when, on most issues, the Lisbon Treaty gives it equal weight to Member States. Richard Robinson asks: Will May 2014 be different?
Sir Gerald's next surgery will be on 30th November 2013 at the Rushmoor Borough Council offices. Please call 01252 323 637 to make an appointment.
Sir Gerald Howarth welcomes the decision by Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communitites and Local Government, not to call in the decision by Rushmoor Borough Council on the Tumbledown Dick.
Sir Gerald Howarth MP welcomes the news that unemployment in Aldershot and Farnborough has continued to fall in September, an encouraging sign that the economy is recovering.
Sir Gerald Howarth MP saw the fun side of the Conservative party conference this week by putting around street clutter on Guide Dogs’ mini golf course to raise awareness of their Streets Ahead campaign on keeping streets free from clutter.
Sir Gerald has lent his support to Aldershot constituent Mike Traylen and his friend George Clode for their charity run, which will last a staggering 11 days and cover 180 miles.
The newly formed Aldershot Conservative Future, the movement for under 30s including all members of the Conservative Party of this age, are preparing for their launch dinner at the end of summer 2013.
Sir Gerald is delighted to be one of the Members of Parliament who is sponsoring James Wharton MP’s Private Member’s Bill: The European Union (Referendum) Bill. The Bill is designed to enshrine in law that there will be an in/out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union before 31st December 2017 and will be debated on 5th July.
Sir Gerald supports the FareShare Campaign at Tesco. The FareShare campaign seeks to fight hunger and its underlying causes by redistributing surplus food to hundreds of charities across the UK including homeless shelters.
Aldershot and North Hampshire Conservatives prepare to re-launch their website, ensuring Aldershot residents are keep up to date with the work Conservatives are doing to make Aldershot a better place to live and work.