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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Congratulations

to Hazel Blears if it's true that she will be going to Communities and Local Government.

13 Comments:

Blogger Jackson Jeffrey Jackson said...

A small quiet siding somewhere then.

Keep her away from the big decisions and hopefully off the telly.

12:15 pm, June 28, 2007

 
Anonymous Andrea said...

Actually I can see her doing well in this department

12:17 pm, June 28, 2007

 
Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

I'm sure Labour Councillors across the country don't think they are a "small quiet siding" - we're the people that actually oversee delivery of a lot of government policies on the ground. Community cohesion is pretty important too.

1:15 pm, June 28, 2007

 
Anonymous jdc said...

Hurrah, she's my Minister. When can we have a meeting, I wonder?

1:21 pm, June 28, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although not a massive fan of Hazel during the DL campaign, I actually think she will do a really good job at DCLG. Luke's right, this is a crucial post if GB is serious about devolving more power to local government.

3:16 pm, June 28, 2007

 
Anonymous Neil F said...

This is a perfect deparment for Hazel Blears. I read a terrific pamphlet she wrote a few years ago (from Demos or the Fabians I think) and she had some great things to say on community engagement. I am really looking forward to hearing her plans for the department.

4:56 pm, June 28, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck to Hazel. Luke, what do you think of Shaun Woodward entering cabinet? I am slightly shocked.

5:12 pm, June 28, 2007

 
Anonymous jdc said...

Fabians, if you're thinking of "Communities in Control". It's certainly interesting and well thought through, so I will be watching with interest.

I should add in answer to anonymous, and since I was so harsh on Tally-Ho Quentin, that I'm fine with Shaun Woodward. He's repented of his sins, and served his time.

7:37 pm, June 28, 2007

 
Blogger Benjamin said...

Communities and Local Goverment?

The curtain twitching brigade.

That's Hazel.

6:21 am, June 29, 2007

 
Anonymous tim f said...

jdc: "I should add in answer to anonymous, and since I was so harsh on Tally-Ho Quentin, that I'm fine with Shaun Woodward. He's repented of his sins, and served his time."

Ha! I take the opposite position. Happy to accept defections when they damage the Tories, but once a Tory MP always a Tory and they should never be given any power. Hopefully if the assembly progresses well, he won't have any significant decisions to make.

11:16 am, June 29, 2007

 
Anonymous neilf said...

Yes that's it - Communities in Control. I lent it out to someone and never got it back. Must try and get hold of another copy. I was the best pamphlet I'd read on the topic for years - arguably the precursor to 'double devolition' -terms of local government from what I can recall.

11:55 am, June 29, 2007

 
Anonymous jdc said...

"Yes that's it - Communities in Control. I lent it out to someone and never got it back. "

I've got an electronic one, as long as Hazel promises not to sue me for copyright theft... where would you like it?

12:36 pm, June 29, 2007

 
Blogger Dave Brinson said...

I have to confess, I feel a bit sorry for Hazel. I'm not a particular fan of her arch-Blairism, but she's a terrific campaigner (DL contest aside, perhaps !) and did a pretty reasonable job as Party Chair. Would have been a far better choice for GE co-ordinator than Douglas Alexander (who needs to sharpen up his game considerably after Scotland.)

9:16 pm, June 30, 2007

 

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