Sunday, January 25, 2009

Fullwell Ward Supper


We had a good fundraiser in Ilford North last night, with excellent food, mostly prepared by Sonia MacDonald. Our guest speaker was my assembly colleague, Andrew Boff, our group spokesman on sport, culture and the Olympics.

Andrew took the opportunity to explain the workings of the Olympics and described his experiences of dealing with the mayor and Olympics minister, Tessa Jowell. Concerns include the decisions to host the equestrian events at Greenwich Park and the shooting at Woolwich. Plans to reserve a network of roads for Olympic VIPs during the event have also raised some eyebrows.

Andrew has also been very strong on improving the design of the Olympic athlete's village. Current plans look like leaving an uninspiring development, compared by one person to East Germany, and Andrew argues that Londoners deserve better, particularly as they are paying an average of £20 on their council tax.

Having described the challenges, Andrew praised the Mayor's optimism in the face of a promise to host the games that cannot be reneged upon - You can either rail against the darkness or light a candle - as he put it really well. This is going to happen under a Conservative Mayor and probably a Conservative government, so we must make sure it is outstanding.

6 comments:

sjm said...

'Mostly'?

No, ALL the home-cooked food made by moi!

Glad you enjoyed it.

Roger Evans said...

Outstanding! Particularly the sausages. I recommend MacDonalds in Fulwell to all my constituents...

Roger Evans said...

Fullwell - four l's, I stand corrected!

weggis said...

I think I should point out that the recent report by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign said that 29% of litter was from McDonalds and not Macdonalds!

Anonymous said...

It was indeed an excellent evening, many thanks to Roger, Andrew, Lee Scott and everyone else for coming and for Sonia for all her hard work in cooking and arranging it all.

Leyton and Wanstead Conservatives next supper evening will be on 14 March when political blogger extraordinaire Iain Dale will be the guest speaker. See http://tinyurl.com/IainDaleEveningMarch14th for details.

Roger Evans said...

I have seen Iain Dale speak before and agree that the Leyton & Wanstead event will be well worth the price of a ticket.