LETTER: Thanks to everyone who helped

I would like to thank all the residents of Pinchbeck and Surfleet ward who put their trust in me, by voting for me in the district elections last Thursday. I am honoured to be one of those elected. Firstly, I must thank the Returning Officer, Anna Graves, and the hard-working teams at the polling stations and later at the verification ...

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LETTER: I expect a public apology

I have already thanked the good people who worked so hard as activists and candidates for my local party and for their country. All 25 odd of them, as opposed to John Hayes’ claimed 200 activists. They did so on a budget of less than £2,000, plus small personal contributions from candidates, all raised locally. I do not think there ...

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LETTER: Should be a privilege to serve

May I respond to two particular reader’s letters in April 30 issue. That from Dorene Loos is both valid and a reflection of many people’s feelings as also is the one from Andrew Hunt. They go some way to explain the low turnout in our elections. I have long thought that our narrow approach to political arrangements does not allow ...

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LETTER: Thanks for a great evening

Please can I extend my deep thanks to Ram and the team at the always fantastic Gurkha Oven for an amazing Nepal fundraiser. What an incredible event, which raised over £2,000 to help the many thousands of people who have lost friends, family and all of their possessions in the earthquake disaster. As ever, we have a moral duty to ...

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LETTER: No political constraints

It is to Mr Hunt’s credit that he is reading candidates’ leaflets in order to decide who is worthy of his vote, however, he has misunderstood what group means. It would be unrealistic to expect all 37 councillors to attend meetings or sit on committees without engaging in discussions and exchanging different views on complex issues. The difference between a ...

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LETTER: Hayes’ speech took real guts

As someone who feels strongly about reducing immigration and rolling back the powers grabbed by the EU over the years, I was naturally leaning towards UKIP at this election. However the choice by UKIP locally to select David Parsons, the former leader of Leicestershire County Council, who had to quit over an expenses scandal which led to an 18-month police ...

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LETTER: Please reconsider your vote

Please allow me to respond to the letter from Andrew Hunt (April 30) as it alludes to me. Prior to 1991, those of us who were Independent councillors did not belong to a group. However, since 1991, it has become essential so that those elected get a say in which committees they would like to serve on. The Local Government ...

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LETTER: Budget was spent on magazine

I’m disappointed to read in The Voice (April 30) I was accused of providing false information about the funding of the Pinchbeck Chimes. This is entirely untrue; the last issue of the Pinchbeck Chimes for the financial year 2014-2015 clearly states “the printing of this magazine has been funded from the designated budgets of the district councillors”. This clearly means ...

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LETTER: My view on new courts charge

As someone who is involved in both prosecuting and defending cases I would hope to be well placed to give a balanced view upon the Criminal Courts Charge which has been brought in somewhat hastily with little notice. It remains to be seen whether this will have unforeseen consequences. I would think that most people would agree to at least ...

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LETTER: He hasn’t changed his spots

I was very disappointed by the answer given by David Parsons, the UKIP candidate from Leicester, to what has been reported as the “elephant in the room” question at the General Election hustings. Of grave concern is Mr Parsons’ claim to have been exonerated, when the report into his financial dealings concluded no such thing! The report from the Standards ...

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LETTER: Well done Pinchbeck Sunday team

I would like to extend huge congratulations to Pinchbeck United Sunday team, who made history on April 26 by becoming the first Spalding Sunday League side to win the County Sunday Cup. An emphatic win (5-0) against Thurlby – well done! Sally Slade Pinchbeck

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LETTER: Vote for hope, vote Labour

Regarding the letter from Margaret Wilson – “He knows nothing of local issues” (April 23). Firstly the local Labour Party are a small campaign group, unlike some, we all have day jobs, and quite rightly have been helping out in key Labour areas such as Peterborough and Lincoln in return for some support within our South Holland and The Deepings ...

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LETTER: Let people decide

I am pleased that something amuses Mr Cronin, although I did not find his unhelpful attitude at the steering group which looked at the possibilities of building a community centre for Wygate at all funny. On the question of delay perhaps he should consider “motes and beams”. As to his central question “Why are the residents being restricted to a ...

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LETTER: Independent should be that

I was very interested to receive an election leaflet from an Independent candidate for the upcoming elections, which states in the leaflet an independent means exactly that, I have no party leader or a group to dictate what I can say or who I can support. I feel this is very misleading statement as on the back of the same ...

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LETTER: Childish note-passing

Well done to Winston Brown on the manner in which he chaired the hustings at the South Holland Centre last evening. Pity he was unaware of, or chose to ignore, the childish note-passing that was going on to his right for most of the evening, instigated by John Hayes. Not the behaviour one would expect from a Member of Parliament ...

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LETTER: This is false information

The candidate for Pinchbeck and Surfleet who wrote in The Voice (April 23) has yet again given false information. Firstly, his allegation that we have funded the magazine via our budgets. Wrong! The printing costs of parish magazine Pinchbeck Chimes are not funded by our ward budgets. There were ten issues of The Chimes during the financial year 2014-15; during ...

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LETTER: Someone else would get my vote?

I read with interest the front page of the Daily Mirror (April 20) about registering to vote. Last year I used the Government website to apply to be registered to vote. I also filled in a nomination form to stand in the election for a parish councillor for the Hurn ward of Holbeach. In 2005 I stood as an Independent ...

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LETTER: The truth hurts

We have been out in Spalding this week and last and it is clear from our conversations with people that the quality of life crisis is biting hard for many. This is coupled with concerns about public services coming under pressure from an increasing local population and the ongoing government cuts reducing services and affecting council spending and priorities. At ...

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LETTER: Should be prosecuted for fraud

How predictable that your letters page (April 23) was bombarded with letters from candidates and councillors all spouting the usual: how much they have done and will do in future. Their “pledges” and “100 per cent guarantees” always results in my yelling blah, blah, blah. David Cameron’s pledges all failed to materialise, so I wrote and asked him why. The ...

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LETTER: Thanks for confidence in me

Has Roger Gambba-Jones reconsidered his anti-UKIP rant? (Spalding Guardian April 9). Defections from the Independent group to form a coalition with the minority Conservative group shifted the balance of power? The excellent refuse service we receive is wholly due to the hard work and diligence of the labour force involved. Our district council makes huge savings by not supplying and ...

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