Michael Gove seeks to discover Tesco’s intentions for its Lightwater vacant land site

I wrote HERE on July 4th 2013 that the planning inspectorate had approved Tesco’s plans for a Tesco Express in Lightwater. Some building materials were delivered to the site in June 2015. Since then, nothing. [photo taken in June 2015, no change since]

Lightwater is a vibrant village centre, all we’re missing is an eatery and a bank. Oh, sorry, we did have a bank and an Indian restaurant, or was it Chinese. That’s so long ago now, I forget.

I said I’d planned to write to Tesco about their intentions. However, a comment from Speedicus Triplicatum, on THIS article, suggested I speak with our estimable postmaster, Surinder Gandhum.

That I did today. Surinder tells me that he spoke recently with Michael Gove about the situation with Tesco Express, and that he has a copy of the letter that Michael has written to Tesco.

Good on Surinder for his tenacity, and Michael for taking on the issue. Guess we’ll continue to have to wait on Tesco.

Michael Gove’s leadership candidacy brings the press to Surrey Heath

Tom Chivers, a journalist for Buzzfeed, has been seeking the opinion of locals in Windlesham on Michael Gove’s candidacy for the leadership of the Conservative Party.

Click on this link to read this article – This Is What Michael Gove’s Constituents Think Of The Crazy Times In The Tory Party, or click on image below.

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Michael Gove’s statement on his voting intention in the EU Referendum

On 20 February 2016, Surrey Heath MP Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Justice, gave a detailed statement on his position regarding the EU Referendum

Vote LeveFor weeks now I have been wrestling with the most difficult decision of my political life. But taking difficult decisions is what politicians are paid to do. No-one is forced to stand for Parliament, no-one is compelled to become a minister. If you take on those roles, which are great privileges, you also take on big responsibilities.
I was encouraged to stand for Parliament by David Cameron and he has given me the opportunity to serve in what I believe is a great, reforming Government. I think he is an outstanding Prime Minister. There is, as far as I can see, only one significant issue on which we have differed.

And that is the future of the UK in the European Union. It pains me to have to disagree with the Prime Minister on any issue. My instinct is to support him through good times and bad.

But I cannot duck the choice which the Prime Minister has given every one of us. In a few months time we will all have the opportunity to decide whether Britain should stay in the European Union or leave. I believe our country would be freer, fairer and better off outside the EU. And if, at this moment of decision, I didn’t say what I believe I would not be true to my convictions or my country.

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Michael Gove visits Lightwater & the villages in the east of the Surrey Heath

Coming from visits to Bagshot and Chobham, and then to Lightwater’s village centre before going off to Windlesham, Michael Gove met some Lightwater residents, and followed up with some canvassing in streets near the village centre. I know all readers won’t be fascinated by my photo brief blog of the event. But here they are anyway,

 

Michael Gove MP presses Barclays Bank to retain Lightwater bank branch

The Lightwater Business Association requested Michael Gove’s help in pressing Barclays Bank to retain their branch in Lightwater. Here’s Michael’s letter to Tim Salter, chairman of the LBA.

If Barclays retain their ATM in the village, that will be a small and worthwhile victory.

If it’s secret or confidential secure it from view

It was career ending for Met Police Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick, when he openly carried a confidential briefing document in Downing Street.

I’ve railed against such unprofessional conduct before, even recently asking our MP Rt. Hon Michael Gove why it continues to happen. His ever courteous reply, that the riot act is read out to ministers and civil servants about avoiding compromising security.

Yet again it’s happened. Reported by the Daily Telegraph last night, in their Ukraine Crisis Live column

19.41 A secret briefing document held by an individual walking into Downing Street has been photographed. It suggests the UK will oppose trade sanctions against Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Freelance photographer Steve Back of Political Pictures snapped the document.

The document also suggests that the UK will not try and restrict Russian trade through the City of London.

It does, however, suggest that Britain may place visa restrictions on some Russians.