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Friday, March 30, 2018


Polling Day: Thursday May 3rd 2018


Julian Bray Your Candidate for Stanground South Peterborough City Council Election May 3rd 2018.

ON THE STUMP Update: 29th April 2018 

On the Stump! Bringing back the good times. In the 60's it would be part of the electioneering process, to send out teams of loudspeaker vans, barking out the policies being followed by that particular candidate.

These days the process is complicated, but we've had a bash at it, and our modified loudspeaker vans, have been touring the wards, acknowledging waves and shouts of approval, delivering a simple message. They are also handing out our latest leaflet containing the JULIAN BRAY VOTE  YES  X CITIZENS CHARTER, this clear cut statement (reproduced below) sets out some of the core issues to be presented to the next council.

The loudspeaker vans have also  engaging with voters, adding to our file of local issues. Fletton High Street is still a nightmare as traffic diverted from the rusty Bourges Boulevard ongoing disaster has reduced the two way flow to that of one lane alternate directions.

The café/bar at the FLEET CENTRE has all but exhausted their supply of our leaflets and the telephone response from all over the Ward has been interesting, clearly different issues some major, but many just inexcusable lapses of administration, or some clockwatching jobsworth setting virtually impossible conditions on something that is your right as a British or EU citizen but might not be the priority of the likes of SERCO! 

Just to clarify IF you are resident in the UK and a EU CITIZEN you have the absolute right to vote on MAY 3rd in the Local Government Elections. If anyone tells you otherwise that is totally untrue! Fletton has an exceptionally high number of EU citizens, AND ALL EU CITIZENS CAN VOTE ON MAY 3RD! However everyone needs to have personal identification  (such as Passport, Driving Licence, Utility Bills etc., to show at the polling station as new voter fraud security measures are in place.

The Heron Pub in Stanground is to be bulldozed after June as the current landlady Meri Hyde has had notice to quit. A real shame as she and her hard working team have toiled tirelessly to turn this old style community pub around. If the current trio of bedblocking councillors had bothered they could have had the building declared an asset of community value and possibly saved the pub. Its been done elsewhere, to good effect but not in Stanground. Why?   

The weather 'on the stump' has been pretty diabolical, but my thanks to all those who volunteered, fortified with gallons of steaming hot 'builders tea' and Bovril, (and no Bovril isn't Vegetarian). They have helped get out our messages out to over 9,000 households.  

Few realise how many new families have moved into the Stanground South ward. Sadly under the current set up they will soon find they are poorly served by NHS dentists, the last full time one at Stanground has gone only to be replaced by two part time locums concentrating on private patients. This and several other dental practices are in fact owned by a Partnership based in .....MANCHESTER!

If you see me around, I'll be wearing the 'Believe in Better' rosette, do stop and chat and possibly fill in an issue card.
Simply whoever gets the Stanground South seat will have a very full, to overflowing in-basket from day one, most of the issues will also feature in the Peterborough Tribune and on the 'FIX MY STREET' website.




Polling Day: Thursday May 3rd 2018


STOP PRESS  JULIAN CHARLES BRAY  is delighted the new HRH Prince Louise of Cambridge full name is  Louise Arthur Charles. Louise pronounced 'loooeee'

My own family name of Charles is from the Stewart clan from my mothers side..

Julian Bray Your Candidate for Stanground South Peterborough City Council Election May 3rd 2018.

ON THE STUMP Update: 26th April 2018 

Time flies! As the JULIAN BRAY VOTE YES X campaign continues in the final days before the big vote on May 3rd.

JULIAN BRAY VOTE YES X is easy to spot on the ballot paper, it is the only 'truly free of party shackles' entry candidate; there is no menacing rubber stamped party emblem, denoting London set policy,  just pristine white space!  

I'll again be looking closely at Fletton and several recurring issues at Oakdale Avenue. Whoever designed the school car park, needs to go on a course!  

Our media enabled mobile fleet bringing back a taste of electioneering when it was fun and not hijacked by national party wonks pushing agenda not at all related to our local elections. These vehicles (and weather permitting a soapbox road show) will be in several parts of our new Stanground South ward in the final days and the 'issue slips' we have collected during the campaign will be featured in the new council and/or the outcome fully reported in the Peterborough Tribune.

The advantage of being free of political party infighting and unknown parachuted in candidates is that policy is set by you, driven by the power of your individual vote ie the voters of Stanground South ward, and that if elected JULIAN BRAY VOTE YES X  can at his discretion (totally unaffected by party policy wonk directives from a meaningless distant head office) pick up on individual issues unique to the Stanground South ward.  

You will have seen the TV screens being hogged by the national parties and the daft suggestion from one who should know better, that refuse collections should be run in house. It simply cannot work as the PCC sold the trucks and said goodbye to the experienced long term operatives. You either put the whole package back in place, or not at all. However immediately street corner community bins could be quickly introduced (as they have in mainland Europe) and free entry to 24-hour recycling centres (no fees) introduced.

In Stanground why is the Manchester owned NHS Dentist (two part timers) now only working on NHS patients if they ring up at 8:30am in the morning for an emergency appointment? 

Why have the current 'gang of three' bedblocking Tories not made an issue of this?

Why did the Cardea Vet pack up and move out?
Why are minimotos and motorbikes still an issue in Cardea/ Stanground South?

Why is the poorly designed Cardea community sports ground hut locked and bolted on most days?

Why is Persimmon being allowed to build high density accommodation on a toxic brownfield reclaim site, when the flood lake run off area is still at the original brownfield reclaim site level and the water likely to be contaminated by resident toxins?

How many days of property agent related corporate hospitality have current councillors enjoyed and why?   

The JULIAN BRAY VOTE YES X Citizens Charter is on the election circular delivered by hand to you and is also reproduced below. It also contains my direct phone number, and email address.

Most problems/ situations can be resolved. If you have an issue you think your new councillor needs to be aware of. Let JULIAN BRAY VOTE YES X
know now!    

 Peterborough is one of eight Cities  in England to take part in a pilot scheme designed to stamp out electoral fraud.

Peterborough city council has finally signed up to a fraud prevention scheme, which brings in a raft of tough investigative random measures to strengthen its postal and proxy voter process in the run up to the local government elections on 3 May. I
It will make party workers, landlords, care home managers, candidates, serving councillors and others, think twice about the temptation to engage in  bulk 'harvesting' of postal votes. Its a topic we have been banging on about for years!  

The new checks will include officers hand delivering postal voting packs and completing face to face surveys with postal voters to stress the importance of completing the vote themselves.

A second round of face to face surveys will be completed after the postal vote returns, to check residents put an X in the box themselves.

All face to face surveys will be completed at random computer generated addresses throughout the city over the coming weeks.

The proxy vote is also being strengthened, with all proxy voters required to produce photographic identification at polling stations, before being issued with a ballot paper to vote on another's behalf.

Individuals without photographic ID will be able to source this from Peterborough Town Hall prior to the elections taking place.

Curiously the postal votes fraud prevention campaign  seems to be bearing fruit...until now both morning and afternoon opening sessions to be observed by candidates and agents have from today been cut back to just one single daily three hour session starting at 9.30am in the morning. Clearly the deluge of postal votes normally encountered under the old lax security system, has been reduced so expect some major changes in the overall voting outcome.

Clearly every vote in this local election on May 3rd will be important, naturally we would suggest you
and cast your vote for

Julian Bray Candidate for Stanground South Peterborough City Council Election May 3rd 2018.
ON THE STUMP Update: 17th April 2018 

Julian Bray writes: Why Believe in Better?  Simply 'Austerity' hasn't worked. PFI for Hospitals hasn't worked, waiting times in our A&E departments are the worst in living memory according to a new report issued on April 12th. Peterborough City Council Bunging high risk public funding - circa £19million... to an unproven Northern Ireland property developer hasn't worked, and then they came back for a second bite! Guess what? like pushing on an open door, the council cheque book was opened, and the debt mountain increased..

The dead trees (some replaced) in the rusting iron hulk known as Bourges Boulevard, is frankly embarrassing.  The lack of expert talent hired on mega salaries by the council executive hasn't worked, many have since moved on. 

Just how many contracts in recent years with external suppliers have been aborted, ended prematurely, or financially gone out of control?  

Our schools are educationally not up to scratch despite the protestations of some Governor/Councillors. Simply the education policy hasn't worked and good hardworking teachers don't want to work here either. You'd think the current Council leader a retired Head Teacher no less, would be up in arms, demanding improvements?  Simply its not working.

Drug dealers are active on most corners, dirty used needles are dropped and discarded on pavements ( to be specific Cromwell Road, and behind the shops in Stanground) but all our councillors seem to do is wage a vitriolic campaign against law abiding pet owners, graffiti spray painting footpaths with banal stencilled messages, even posting pictures on facebook!

Simply it hasn't worked. More poo bins and those we have to be emptied on a regular basis. All over Stanground South the current austerity trio have authorised maniacs with chain saws, well so it seems.

Established shrubs just emerging from a winter hibernation and hedges brutally cut back to a uniform height, so you can see more of the commercial vans and cars parked up on sinking over wet verges....

And the lack of children playing on the never-ending money pit known as HMP the 'Harper Memorial Playpark' in Park Farm. Oh yes, more banal warning notices targeted at pet owners. Its all on Facebook! How clueless is that?? 

Charters floating pub housed in the largest Dutch Grain barge in the UK, built around the same time as the ill fated RMS Titanic (and working right up to the time it was purchased by Oakhams and then sailed over from the Netherlands) is the latest enterprise to be slowly choked to an eventual death, as the next door, sold off to foreign owned UK Power Networks (UK Power Networks is owned by the Cheung Kong Group (CKG) which operates in 54 countries with electricity distribution businesses in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. UK Press office 03301 591712)  has now this month April 2019 permanently restricted access by about 60 percent to available parking, with a padlocked gate, and if you dare park in on of the 15 or so remaining empty bays, a 'removal' type notice is slapped on your windscreen. Madness! 

So to turn it all around we all must start believing in  better to get out of the ever descending spiral vortex of despond represented in the current line up for Stanground South!   

Its true we have many new residents in the enlarged Stanground South ward and they may not be aware of the multiple frustrations of living in this ward over the last decade. But certain as night follows day, unless us residents quickly unseat the complacent moribund austerity led cohort of councillors and do this by voting for significant change on May 3rd, the austerity dogma of the current Tory mantra will prevail.

Ask yourself when did the gang of three ever hold regular casework meetings? Councillor Surgeries? Fought to maintain our libraries? What library they well may say in the Cardea Neighbourhood..

Simply this election is exactly at the right time to send a big loud and effective message not only to Peterborough and the fat cats in the south of the county who under the new Regional Mayor ( the one with the wonky specs and the  3-day stubble...) seems to have ploughed and directed what money is available to the villages surrounding South Cambridgeshire! It will also send a huge message to those perma-wrapped in cotton wool in the Palace of Westminster.  

We have seen Stanground councillors gifting funds to other wards, strings of broken promises, and STILL in the background the prospect of a mega rail freight interchange terminal on our doorstep. 

Despite assurances there are some still working out ways to monetise this dreadful anti social idea.  We have seen corner shops, vets, pubs, cafes and clubs closing down, and now a planning proposal to put another childrens nursery into this ward on the site of the Fenman pub. 

But what is not appreciated is unless you regularly use the ratrun, the not fit for purpose potholed road network in that over worked area around the Fenman, is on weekdays nose to bumper during rush hours and even earlier.

Only a person with blinkered limited intelligence would think its a good idea, with toddlers being subjected to a high level of carbon monoxide from the idling traffic outside, the monthly burn from the nearby brickworks and emissions from the chip factory, the round the clock dispensing of petrol, food and drink directly opposite.

Now the planning committee is considering a proposal that will add some eighty parked cars stopping waiting and picking up children, but only allocating around 12 car park places!

This is the kind of nonsense we have put up with over and over again. An already clagged up ratrun and subjecting infants children at the nursery to a daily diet of poor quality carbon monoxide laden air.

But hey, don't expect the moribund gang of three councillors to do anything. Why change the habits of a comfortable lifetime?

Car theft is on the rise in South Stanground using software zappers to override ignition and locking systems electronically compromising vehicles with a relay box cloning car key devices.

But where is the neighbourhood policing, alas savage cuts again the Tory austerity programme isn't working... ask the doorstep canvassers why?  Clearly saddled with national party claptrap dogma, local candidates sponsored by political parties have little or no room to manoeuvre.

But where does that leave your candidate Julian Bray? simply I can say and do what I like in terms of voting, actively fighting policy directives and I am TOTALLY free to question everything that is not to our advantage in Stanground South, but the other candidates?  

Many are too frightened to speak up or have been mandated to sit on their hands. Have a good long look at the outgoing South Stanground Councillors track record...would you willingly vote back MORE AUSTERITY? More of the same.

Just how many hours/days did he personally enjoy property company ( and their retained agents ) hospitality and when is this likely to be properly recorded. Because I've not seen any records so far.  We'd all like carefree days at the races!  

The mechanics of this election are fairly simple, you should be on the Electoral Roll and have a voters number, cards are being sent out this week. Or you may have opted for a postal vote. Thus year is different, on no account allow anyone to fill it in and/ or sign for you. 

A major campaign to detect Election Fraud is underway. Tins of biscuits from a friendly person who over tea, then 'hoovers up' all of the voter packs and offers to deliver them on your behalf, may well compromise and invalidate your vote this year, so guard your confidential data well!

Finally there are a lot of doorsteps and houses to cover, delivering a very simple and clear Charter. Its first edition is reproduced on here, the core message remains the same, but the issues may change.

My team and I will wear brightly coloured rosettes to identify ourselves. If you have any issues you can also telephone or email me.

Individually your single vote may not seem to be very important, but that is so wrong, it really is vital, priceless even, as many local government seats are won or lost by the difference of a single figure, and that can lead to the fun of endless re-counts..

So be assured, I truly value your vote, and will work tirelessly to ensure your vote for me is well placed and we can together believe in better! Which of course is where we came in.

Julian Bray
Candidate for Stanground South 
Peterborough City Council
Thursday May 3rd 2018  

Current data from Press Association shows 4,513 seats at 150 councils in England will be vacant at the May 3rd elections although, owing to boundary changes (Peterborough, Stanground South is an excellent example) affecting the total number of seats at some authorities, the number of seats up is expected to be around 4,414.  
Simply if voters voted tactically it would be possibly to completely change the English political landscape, and that would have a DIRECT impact on the next General Election. But first you must vote on May 3rd!  Pass it on....


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Julian Bray Candidate South Stanground Peterborough City Council
Local Government Election May 3rd 2018 Editor Peterborough Tribune News Blog supporting Park Farm Neighbourhood Watch

UPDATE 4th April 2018

Local resident, for some 18 years, broadcaster Julian Bray is now officially confirmed by the Returning Officer as a valid candidate for the vacant Stanground South (Park Farm/Cardea) Peterborough City Council seat. The Local Government Election is to be held on Thursday May 3rd 2018.  

Julian is DELIBERATELY not affiliated to any political party, or pseudo faction, therefore not in any way bound by Westminster party dogma or policy set in London (Moscow for that matter !)  

Julian Bray writes:  I am now officially confirmed and the printers have worked around the clock to produce and deliver the first part of my detailed and evolving manifesto, now published on here.

With the meltdown in both Tory and Labour ranks, and the libDems 'out-to-lunch' policy, it became increasingly clear to me, and those I love and support, that residents of Stanground South and Park Farm are now really suffering and have little or no meaningful representation, and seemingly hard pressed this time around. Simply the time for sleeping at the wheel is over. There are major concerns that need to be rapidly addressed, The question you have to ask will the new councillor actively represent me or are they just slavish tyre kickers for political masters elsewhere? (Clue look at the older facebook feeds...)

Not one of the sorry self-serving trio of 'councillors' will vote against their Party (they simply abstain, which frankly helps no one). 

Let me run a few concerns by you and if you EVER meet an elusive candidate in the flesh (probably unlikely) as they tend to poke a leaflet through your door and run away before you can interrogate them.... Read this through, come back often as this post is regularly updated, then you already have some pithy questions to ask all the candidates on your very doorstep...ME TOO.

Peterborough Stanground South, is underneath a pile of FLOOD WARNINGS issued today April 3rd 2018. Approving the building of high density housing schemes on flood plains has dire consequences ... Stanground South (Cardea) residents might like to have a look at the newly constructed reed beds adjoining their property, the run off water levels are already, to my thinking (on April 3rd 2018) exceptionally high but hidden from view by the reeds, which have shot up in the last few weeks...... but still no comment from Stanground South Tory councillors..

National political party sponsored candidates are increasingly 'under the thumb' of both extreme left and right wing political factions. Westminster based political dogma and internal squabbles, take precedence over tackling important hyper-local issues in their own back yard. 

Seriously pressing local issues, such as greatly increasing homelessness - this is due to explode as the failed Universal Credit [UC] System is relentlessly rolled out nationally later this month (April 2018), and we will see vulnerable people increasingly lose their rented homes, as the UC payments are not being made quickly enough by the DWP [DSS].

Or marked down vulnerable claimants, unfairly sanctioned, as cynically crooked and made up falsified personal assessments, by discredited ASOS and Capita freelance assessors are seeing motability rented transports abruptly removed, and awards slashed. So much for the so called 'community chumpion' already trousering public funds with the DIAL forum, in a neighbouring ward, an empty hollow title, with no real meaning or merit, just misleading 'froth and spin'. All very sad.     

Stressed parents are now we learn being targeted by schools demanding parents now contribute cash and resources. WHY?

Other Academy schools being accused of channelling public funding away from education in order to pay out £150,000 salary packages for some teachers.

Stanground Tories remain totally silent on this. Why? 

Social disorder erupting, crime prevention lacking, violent knife and gang crime on the increase, illegal minimotos, a lack of local policing, as front line budgets cut, murderers and rapists left free to roam on unconditional police bail even! Why? The Stanground South Tories remain silent. Why?

Councillors unwilling to hold regular consultations or surgeries (as they are mandated to do) all these factors  relentlessly pushing other pressing local issues, now conveniently relegated to the bottom of the pile.

But seemingly, all the current crop of local Stanground South councillors worry about, is counting out their vastly increased self-awarded allowances, plus extra publicly funded 'dosh' for committee work and some now accessing political public sector salaries. Why?

Now seriously, the good people of Stanground South Ward. Why would a retired seemingly pensioned off Northern Ireland RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) officer - who we now hear from sources (but not from the Tory party) or his 'post and run' election handout - accept during his current short tenure as a councillor, a public service appointment, on an astonishingly generous publicly financed financial package - in what strongly looks like a major political appointment  - as deputy to the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner, based in Huntingdon at Police HQ?!  We urgently need some answers, and this is why...

A look at the Representation of the People Act would I respectfully suggest rule Mr Bisby out as a politically affiliated Tory prospective candidate?  What do you think, as Mr Bisby would have to sign and agree the following legal declaration?

For a nomination in England: I declare that to the best of my knowledge and belief I am not disqualified for being elected by reason of any disqualification set out in, or decision made under, section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972, section 78A of the Local Government Act 2000 or section 34 of the Localism Act 2011 and I do not hold a politically restricted post, within the meaning of Part 1 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, under a local authority, within the meaning of that Part.
But that will be a matter for the Electoral Commission to decide, and if they so direct, then the Stanground South election might well have to be run all over again!  Just remember you read it here first....

Whist looking after the County, how on earth will PCC deputy Raymond Bisby ever find time for Stanground South Ward casework and additionally find time to concern himself constantly complaining about Stanground South dog owners and dogs?  

Even aerosol spraying graffiti warning slogans on pavements, or waving Speedwatch legally non-enforceable speed guns at Stanground South motorists, at the same time being politically appointed, 'work in co-operation' with the Police and SIA 'doormen' oh sorry 'the enforcement officers' hired through a Wales based commission earning security firm...Really!

Some councillors have even taken to adding to the accumulated graffiti and general mess, by randomly spray painting graffiti notices ( On the spot littering fines are from April 1st 2018, raised to £150...) on pavements or endless banal warning notices targeted at Stanground South dog owners on vandalised playgrounds.  Pet owners by now must be furious at this totally negative Tory campaign - its been going on for years, just look at Cllr Chris Harpers back posts over the years on social media, but do it quickly,  some have been known to drop off the twig...

Few children ever use the play park in Park Farm, as its unpoliced, seldom cleaned, no supervision or CCTV, and a regular home to winos, drug pushers, and discarded used needles..  When did you last see regular PSCO and home beat officer patrols?

Still it will now be easier for any passing patrol car, as the trees and vegetation has finally been cut right back - using chain saws no less! No gentle prune back here, and points up the sad fact, the playpark isn't properly maintained on a continuing basis. If it was, you'd not need to use heavy equipment such as chainsaws!

When will they ever learn?

Such dog owner caution notices, clearly targeted at dog owners, and set in permanent form, are in fact advertisements, and as such need formal planning permission, as the local councillor who chairs the planning committee, should by now understand!

Public funding increasingly channelled away from Stanground South (now including Park Farm) into garish ill thought out and poorly planned personal vanity and failing public realm projects. Expensively tarted up 'public realm' Bridge Street is now a rash of chain takeaways bars and formulaic restaurants. Won't be too long before the remaining classic London Plane Trees vanish to accommodate a few more expensive fairground rides.

*Cyclists being fined at premium rates, by so called 'enforcement officers' - working 'on commission' hired through a Wales based security outfit! How daft and brainless is that?

Meanwhile Sure Start centres axed, old folks homes vacated, but you may say we have a rapidly ageing population. So why?  Libraries reduced hours, fewer new books - budgets cut and some just closed. Stanground library being a shadow of its former self, and even the one functioning civic Key Theatre reduced by the money pit Vivacity outfit to running cinema films, or if any funding left funnelled into local councillors pet legacy projects. Ask yourself just where is this all going?

Even the BBC is to give up on Peterborough, set to vacate their Peterborough building later this year... The Queensgate Cinema now seems to have been put on hold. Millions poured into the 40 year old pipedream of a lower tier University. But why here, when all the continuing academic investment is already earmarked for nearby Cambridge?

Julian Bray already has a very clear and simple mandate to call out those councillors, who are putting themselves and their party business interests first. Even Comedian Jason Manford avoided Peterborough City Centre and performed at an out of town arena, it gave him an easy extra five minutes of stand-up material at our expense ... 

We seemingly elect party controlled councillors, who even lack basic keyboard skills, and have little or no business experience and unable to control and manage the wilder excesses of past and present council officers, some who have arguably wasted millions of public funding on hair-brained schemes, the dead trees and rusting iron plates along Bourges Boulevard are typical of poor planning and decision making. Why?

Long-term lucrative contracts - with media fanfares trumpeted by the generous publicly funded council public relations 'team' - handed out  like 'sweeties' then rapidly cancelled. These excesses all cost money and you end up paying much more in council tax. Ask yourself why?

Deadbeat committee members (admittedly not all, but a few years back called one out for what was a particularly shoddy piece of work) quick to trouser the self-awarded greatly enhanced allowances but slow to act. Many have been asleep at the wheel. Others who have become too self important - puffed up if you like  - to carry out even basic public duties, they know who they are... Why?

All these are factors I will now try and distil into an election leaflet, but don't expect me to knock on your door.  You and I already know what is wrong in our wards, we actually live here. I have been talking to you for the last ten years. You all have my direct telephone number and my regular email address.

It will not be resolved by the major political parties parachuting in candidates or rapidly replacing some who have clearly half a brain, the sad individuals allegedly behind the gross and vulgar anti-Semitic and Sectarial rants that are becoming all to strident. You might also enquire of the former RUC officer, the Tory candidate, why the RUC name was officially dropped in Northern Ireland, only to be revived in Stanground South locally by a Tory councillor?

Julian Bray seeking the truth...and then popping  (on Monday) down to Charters Easter Weekend Beer Festival, before a notice gets slapped or spray painted on that as well!

Believe in Better! Let the election 'stump' commence...   E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .


Peterborough is one of eight areas in England to take part in a Voter Pilot scheme to help combat electoral fraud.
The city council chose to be part of the scheme, which has been launched by the Cabinet Office and will see the city bring in tougher measures to strengthen its postal and proxy voter process even further in the run up to the forthcoming elections on 3 May.

These include officers hand delivering postal voting packs and completing face to face surveys with postal voters to stress the importance of completing the vote themselves. A second round of face to face surveys will be completed after the postal vote returns, to check residents put an X in the box themselves. All face to face surveys will be completed at random computer generated addresses throughout the city over the coming weeks.

The proxy vote is also being strengthened, with all proxy voters required to produce photographic identification at polling stations, before being issued with a ballot paper to vote on another's behalf. Individuals without photographic ID will be able to source this from Peterborough Town Hall prior to the elections taking place.

The city chose to be part of the Voter Pilot scheme as it has a national reputation for its work in deterring electoral fraud at elections, which has been recognised by the Electoral Commission and other national bodies. Similar trials will be taking place in Tower Hamlets and Slough and ID verification of voters will take place in Bromley, Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking.

Peterborough City Council will be working closely with Cambridgeshire Constabulary throughout the scheme, which aims to reduce the risk of election fraud and ensure voters have confidence in the electoral system.

Gillian Beasley, chief executive for Peterborough City Council said: " We chose to be part of the Voter Pilot Scheme due to our previous work, together with the police, in combating electoral fraud.

"As well as being shown to be taking a tough stance on electoral fraud, our involvement in the scheme is a great opportunity to further strengthen both our postal and proxy voting processes to deter those who want to abuse them. we really wanted to be part of this scheme to strengthen practices

"Everyone in our city who is registered to vote has the right to make their vote count. Filling in a vote on another's behalf is a criminal offence and we will be taking a tough stance to ensure this does not occur in the city. Any corrupt practices that we discover will be treated extremely seriously by both ourselves and the police and action taken if offences come to light in the run up to the elections in May."

Minister for the Constitution, Chloe Smith MP, said: "I'm pleased Peterborough has volunteered to take part in a postal vote pilot at the local elections in May. By taking part in this trial, local residents are helping us test ways to safeguard against electoral fraud."

The voter pilot scheme is being run alongside a new campaign 'Your Vote is Yours Alone' to help prevent electoral fraud ahead of May’s local elections. It raises awareness of what constitutes unacceptable pressure to influence whether or how someone casts their vote. The campaign is being run by local authorities with the support of the Electoral Commission and Crimestoppers, the anonymous crime reporting charity.

The city council has set up an election fraud hotline and anyone who has any concerns can report them by calling (01733) 452277. If you believe an act of malpractice is ongoing call police on 101 or 999. For general enquiries about the elections call (01733) 452249.
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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) an international non-profit organisation working to defend the freedom to be informed and to inform others throughout the world.

Today, 30 years since its creation, RSF has enough experience and on-the-ground support to defend press freedom on a global scale. RSF accomplishes its work through its wide network of correspondents established in 130 countries, its 12 offices (Vienna, Brussels, Rio de Janeiro, Helsinki, Berlin, Madrid, Stockholm, Geneva, Tunis, Washington DC, London, and Paris) and its consultative status at the United Nations, UNESCO, and the Council of Europe.

As a leading defender of press freedom and freedom of information, RSF alternates public interventions and effective behind-the-scenes actions.

THE HIGH COURT has ruled....People have a right to lampoon and criticise politicians and public officials under the Human Rights Act, the High Court has ruled.

We have the full High Court judgment, saved as a page on here. l

ampoon (lampoon) Pronunciation: /lamˈpuːn/ verb [with object] publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm: the actor was lampooned by the press noun a speech or text lampooning someone or something: the magazine fired at God, Royalty, and politicians, using cartoons and lampoons.

Derivatives: lampooner noun lampoonery noun lampoonist noun Origin: mid 17th century: from French lampon, said to be from lampons 'let us drink' (used as a refrain), from lamper 'gulp down', nasalized form of laper 'to lap (liquid).

UPDATES: Post are transmitted from a variety of remote sources, immediately published on servers in the USA, additions, updates and any corrections added later on the blog version only.

Editorial policy: WE DON'T CENSOR NEWS, we will however come down hard on lawbreakers, all forms of ASB - Anti Social Behaviour, and anyone or group who seek to disturb or disrupt our neighbourhoods and communities, or in anyway abuse, take unfair advantage or financially disadvantage our citizens.

We support the Park Farm Neighbourhood Watch and digitally carry the messages from this independently resourced Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. A scheme operated following written guidelines to us directly from the Home Office.

We are openly but constructively critical of all political parties (actual and sham), pressure groups, overbearing 'jobsworths' and those who seek to waste public funds, abuse public office, ramp up expenses, BUY VOTES and/or engage in any form of directed or robotic voting.

Whilst accepting that many in Public Office perform a valuable service and make a worthwhile contribution, there are others who are frankly rubbish. Although Julian Bray is the editor, there are several Blog administrators / correspondents who actively contribute by remote transmission to this blog.

So it could be some days before the copy (content) is seen by the Editor and properly formatted. We consider all representations and correct any facts that are clearly deficient.


NUJ Code of Conduct

The NUJ's Code of Conduct has set out the main principles of British and Irish journalism since 1936.

The code is part of the rules and all journalists joining the union must sign that they will strive to adhere to the it.

Members of the National Union of Journalists are expected to abide by the following professional principles:

A journalist:

1 At all times upholds and defends the principle of media freedom, the right of freedom of expression and the right of the public to be informed

2 Strives to ensure that information disseminated is honestly conveyed, accurate and fair

3 Does her/his utmost to correct harmful inaccuracies

4 Differentiates between fact and opinion

5 Obtains material by honest, straightforward and open means, with the exception of investigations that are both overwhelmingly in the public interest and which involve evidence that cannot be obtained by straightforward means

6 Does nothing to intrude into anybody's private life, grief or distress unless justified by overriding consideration of the public interest

7 Protects the identity of sources who supply information in confidence and material gathered in the course of her/his work

8 Resists threats or any other inducements to influence, distort or suppress information and takes no unfair personal advantage of information gained in the course of her/his duties before the information is public knowledge

9 Produces no material likely to lead to hatred or discrimination on the grounds of a person's age, gender, race, colour, creed, legal status, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation

10 Does not by way of statement, voice or appearance endorse by advertisement any commercial product or service save for the promotion of her/his own work or of the medium by which she/he is employed

11 A journalist shall normally seek the consent of an appropriate adult when interviewing or photographing a child for a story about her/his welfare

12 Avoids plagiarism The NUJ believes a journalist has the right to refuse an assignment or be identified as the author of editorial that would break the letter or spirit of the code.

The NUJ will fully support any journalist disciplined for asserting her/his right to act according to the code

The NUJ logo is always a link to the home page.

(As modified at Delegate Meeting 2011)


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