Owen Temple & Margaret Nealis

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A subdued return to the election campaign

by Owen Temple on 26 May, 2017

The dreadful events in Manchester on Monday night have left many families in appalling grief, and all of us saddened on their behalf. The murderous action has left the whole country shocked, and the appetite for election campaigning reduced. Never the less, the election has restarted and the questions in many people’s minds as diverse […]

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How can you Help?

by Owen Temple on 22 May, 2017

Elections are bruising. As a candidate, they lift you up and they can dump you just as fast. Today’s been a good day with a previously unknown supporter driving to Consett to pick up some posters – fired up to support a political party for the first time. No sooner had he left than the phone […]

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The nominations are in for North West Durham, and in one area at least I claim an advantage. I am resident in North West Durham, and have been for many years. North West Durham, however, is clearly a powerful magnet. It still has the capacity to attract Conservatives from the deep South who seek to cut […]

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Up and Running for North West Durham

by Owen Temple on 9 May, 2017

This morning I handed in my nomination papers, paid the deposit, and believe I was the first completed nomination for North West Durham constituency. Let battle commence. I’m very proud that my local party wanted me to run again. Their faith in me is heart-warming. So is their belief that there is still a place […]

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Interesting sidelight on the Local Elections

by Owen Temple on 8 May, 2017

I don’t think these questions will make it onto Trivial Pursuits, but just in case: Q1 Which two divisions in the Durham County Council elections 2017 had the lowest number of spoiled votes in 2017? Q2 Which division in the Durham County Council elections 2017 had the highest number of spoiled votes in 2017? Q3 […]

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The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign. The tax would raise an additional £44 million for Durham and Darlington, with £44 million for the NHS and £23.7 million for social […]

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A Big Thank You from Margaret and Owen

by Owen Temple on 5 May, 2017

To all those of you who put your trust in us both, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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Polling stations open tomorrow for Durham County Council electionsat 7.00 a.m. and close at 10.00 p.m. Ordinary (non-postal) voters will be issued with ballot papers as normal and get TWO votes. Obviously Owen Temple and Margaret Nealis hope you will cast one vote for each of us, for a Liberal Democrat clean sweep. You do […]

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Voting on Merit

by Owen Temple on 2 May, 2017

Whilst out and about, and there’s been plenty of that, I met a delightful older man who told me that in General Elections he voted Labour, but for local elections he voted “on merit”. Of course I understood what he meant, but it’s still a bit scary me that people will vote purely on the […]

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Over 30 young people in North West Durham will be affected by the Conservative government’s decision to strip 18-21 year olds of housing benefit, research by the House of Commons library commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has shown. In total 18,000 young people across the country expected to be affected. The Liberal Democrats have committed to reverse […]

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