Published in The Sun, Thursday 27th October 2011
WE work hard. Each month we get our pay packets. Part of it we bring home, part goes to the Government. We spend our part wisely. We root out the bargains. But what about the share that’s taken by the Government? Are they as smart with our cash?
For too long, they haven’t been. And for 13 long years under Labour there wasn’t any real transparency about what was going on. Now we’re doing things differently, publishing all big items of public spending online. It’s like when you go home with a new purchase, and someone asks: “How much?” That is the common sense we apply at home. And that is the common sense that’s finally being applied in government.
Today Sayeeda Warsi meet with the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Professor Ekmeleddin at her office in London.
Today, Sayeeda started a two day tour to the Midlands. Starting the day in Dudley, Sayeeda joined the Conservative group members to hear about their work on community cohesion before moving on to Worcester to meet Robin Walker MP at the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce to meet with local small businesses.
Following on from the productive meeting in Worcester Sayeeda moved on to Bromsgrove for a Meet the Chairman event before speaking at a fundraising dinner.
After a short break Sayeeda travelled to North Warwickshire to meet Cllr Peter Fowler at the re opened community village shop in Fillongley who kindly introduced her to Sara Hewitt, owner who briefed Sayeeda on the project. After purchasing a quarter of bon bons Sayeeda departed for Nuneaton where she was met by Marcus Jones MP who kindly showed her round Nuneaton Academy.
After Nuneaton it was off to Cannock Chase where Aiden Burley MP met Sayeeda at the Conservative Club where she spoke at a Meet the Chairman event before taking her to local charity, Home Comforts.
Straight after Cannock it was time to nip to Newcastle under Lyme to help the team campaign in the local by election before arriving in Mid Derbyshire for their annual dinner.
Published in The Yorkshire Post, Monday 17th October 2011
Recently I was asked what qualities I bring from my Northern roots to my role in Government. My response was simple: what I bring to the Cabinet table is Yorkshire common sense.
A common sense approach to politics means that you don’t do what politicians normally do and deny the obvious. It means you don’t spin your way out of something that’s gone wrong. It means telling it as it is and being straight with people – having the courage to be upfront and frank.
Today, at the kind invitation of Jason McCartney MP Sayeeda visited Colne Valley. Starting the morning, Jason took Sayeeda to Slaithwaite to the Waves Daycare Centre with Cllr Robert Light and Cllr Donna Bellamy before moving next door to visit The Handmade Bakery home to the Slow School of Cooking.
Today Sayeeda Warsi started the new term with a regional tour in the South East. Starting the day in Thurrock, she met MP Jackie Doyle-Price who had kindly invited her to visit High House Park, the home to the Royal Opera House educational centre.
Following a fascinating tour of the facilities Sayeeda moved on to Harlow where she met with Councillor Clive Souter and the team before moving on to St Albans where she visited the District Council to see how they are expanding their one stop shop for services, such as CAB and CVS.