THERESA MAY - MP for Maindenhead - The Prime Minister reshuffled her cabinet following the resignations of International Development Secretary Priti Patel and Defence Minister Sir Michael Fallon. 


Mrs May remained prime minister despite losing her majority in the 8 June general election, which she had called seeking a mandate for Brexit. She became the UK's second female prime minister in 2016 following Maggie Thatcher, after David Cameron resigned in the wake of the EU referendum result. She had previously been home secretary for six years.


In 2018, the Brexit negotiations saw a coup in the Conservative party, with a vote of "No Confidence" that she defeated.







THE GUARDIAN DEC 2018 - Theresa May has won the backing of her party to stay on as prime minister – but more than a third of Conservative MPs voted against her, underscoring the uphill battle she faces in getting her Brexit deal through parliament.

Tory MPs rejected a no-confidence motion in the embattled prime minister’s leadership by 200 votes to 117 on Wednesday night, after a swift contest that exposed the bitter split in her party over Brexit.

May emerged from 10 Downing Street after the result to say her party had a “renewed mission”, of “delivering the Brexit that people voted for, bringing the country back together and building a Britain that truly works for everyone”, and to urge MPs from all parties to cooperate to deliver Brexit in the national interest.

But Brexiters hailed the 117 votes cast against her as a clear indication that her Brexit deal is deeply unpopular on her own side of the House of Commons.

A loud cheer erupted among Tory MPs as the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, announced: “The result of the ballot held this evening is that the parliamentary party does have confidence in Theresa May” – and confirmed that she could not now be challenged for another year.





Where does the buck stop in the United Kingdom?



NO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS - Evidence of criminal malfeasance in common law is mounting against each chief constable in turn as they refuse to investigate crimes against the person, so becoming party to the crimes for their failure to investigate the reported crimes. Historic allegations often take a while before the state acts. It matter not if a crime is 20 or even 40 years in the making, it is in the public interest to make an example of the offenders to ward off other similar crimes taking place in other forces and planning departments across Great Britain. We are sure that Her Majesty and successor Kings would want to clean up British local government and to do their best to keep it clean. The Local Government Ombudsman and the Independent Police Complaints Commission, cannot of course bring a prosecution - hence - cannot correct the injustice that we believe demands prison time for those police officers and council officials in the blender. 





Theresa May's plan for a cleaner Britain



THE GUARDIAN THURSDAY 11 JANUARY 2018 - Theresa May has said her government is serious about improving the environment after pressure groups gave a lukewarm response to a 25-year green plan, praising its ambition but warning that it lacked sufficient proposals for immediate action. May’s proposals were also criticised by Jeremy Corbyn, who said her pledge to stop all avoidable plastic waste by 2042 was “far too long” to take action - and that may prove to be the case, but let us give her the benefit of the doubt for a while so that we can see some action, or not.  What that could mean is that they want to appease the electorate and pass the problem onto the next generation - but - the whole point of taking action now is to try and stop the fish that we eat, eating the plastic in Marine Litter.


The use of words is typically "careful" Conservative speak, loaded with gray areas. Those caveats aside, one has to applaud the clear intention to respond to public outcry at the plight of our marine life. The opposition are rightly critical of the timescale, where we should have been doing something about this sooner. The Global Ocean Commission knew about this problem two years ago and came to the conclusion that not much could be done about it because of the scale of the problem. Maybe Britain should light a path that (hopefully) the rest of the world - and especially the developing world - will heed and emulate. Europe is already setting the pace with the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund putting out a call last year. 





BREXIT DAILY MAIL DECEMBER 2018 - Theresa May's hopes of renegotiating her Brexit deal were dealt a fatal blow on Thursday evening as European Council President Donald Tusk declared the agreement was 'not open for renegotiation'. 

EU leaders gave Theresa May assurances this evening that they would try to agree on Brexit by 2021 – so that the contentious backstop is never triggered.

However, on the Prime Minister's Withdrawal Agreement, the 27 national leaders were firm, saying: ‘It is not open for renegotiation.’

Tusk also called for heightened preparedness at all levels for all possible outcomes - including a 'no deal' scenario.

That deal was struck last month but she has since gone back to Brussels for more assurances so that she can get it past her own MPs.

Speaking in Brussels on Thursday, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, said the EU underlines that the backstop is an insurance policy to prevent a hard border in Ireland

Tusk said: 'Today Prime Minister May informed the leaders about the difficulties with ratifying the deal in London and asked for further assurances that would at least in her view unlock the ratification process in the House of Commons.

'After discussing the Prime Minister's intervention among the 27 leaders, and bearing in mind our full respect of the parliamentary process in the United Kingdom, we have agreed the following: first, the European Council reconfirmed its conclusions of the 25th November 2018 in which it endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and approved the Political Declaration.

'The Union stands by this agreement and intends to proceed with its ratification. It is not open for renegotiation.'









Mrs May is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, responsible for making sure that Britain complies with the law of the land and international agreements that the UK has signed, such as the European Convention of Human Rights, United Nations and European Union targets concerning air pollution and the Climate Change Act 2008.


At the moment the UK is deeply in debt with other serious societal issues that Teresa's Government is having difficulty with, such as the lack of affordable housing and the need to import cheap labour to keep our economy afloat when the present (buy to let) economic' policies do not appear to be equitable - hence are unsustainable. The problem being that successive Labour and Conservative governments have sold us into slavery trying to keep their election promises - while the electorate blinked - or is that: were hoodwinked. The election promises were not possible without borrowing, and borrowing, and borrowing.


We wonder then how the Conservatives hope to dig us out of this mess, the result of what appears to be years of mismanagement at the top based on continuous borrowing, that any economist should have known would end in tears. No doubt they will borrow some more to mask their failures - unless there is a change of heart.


Who then is ultimately responsible. It is Her Majesty the Queen of England as the Head of State? Or is it the electorate for being so stupid as to vote for Labour and Conservative parties year after year. Or, is it the fault of the party/parties that made election promises that they knew deep down that they could never keep. Naughty! but one of the first requirements for any would be politician is the ability to be economical with the details convincingly.





Rt Hon Theresa May MP
The Prime Minister
House of Commons
London, SW1A 0AA                                                                                                     24 September 2018


Dear Prime Minister,




We write to advise that we have asked three of your Cabinet to look at the matter of greenbelt development that has been procured in circumstances that bear investigation as to how it is that this council (and probably others) is passing planning consents that ignore heritage, planning and legal environmental considerations.

Please find attached copy of our letter of even date to the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP in his capacity of Secretary of State for the Environment, the contents of this letter speaks for itself. This has been copied to the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP and the Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP.

In this case Wealden District Council have been granting consents that when challenged in the High Court by way of Judicial Review, have been found to have been passed on false information provided to the voting Councillors by their planning officers. Please see the High Court Orders attached dated 31-01-17 and 19-04-18 that tend to support or suspicions of more widespread abuses of positions of authority. As a former barrister we hope that this information might start alarm bells ringing.

We wonder then if the present system should not be better policed and the general public better protected from over-development, and/or if a special Planning Task Force set up to investigate misfeasance at local authority level, especially where there is no infrastructure to support greenbelt developments, including dangerous access from deteriorating road surfaces.

As the Prime Minister with overall responsibility to ensure that England & Wales has effective administrations in place at every level to give the Country a better chance of competing on the world stage, we would ask you to please take a look at this example of potentially illegal development in rural Sussex.


Yours truly,

for Herstmonceux Museum Ltd



The oldest working well in a Sussex village could be poisoned by developers


WELL, WELL, WELL - Councils that are strapped for cash may be cutting corners and granting consents where they would never have contemplated doing so before and that is because they have been directed to build huge numbers of houses where in the past they were only granting consents in small numbers to keep control over who got the cream.


Wealden District Council are an example of a council that is known for corrupt practices. Via an illegal partnership with Sussex police it appears that they were granted immunity from prosecution in respect of a Petition in 1997. Not one of 12 independent allegations were investigated by the corrupt force that hit fame with the shooting of the unarmed Jimmy Ashley in 1998. Since 2015 Wealden have been dishing out consents to developers in the rush to generate additional council taxes (rates) and Community Infrastructure Levy payments to make up for central Government cuts.


CLIMATE CRIMINALS - This is regardless of the appropriateness of mass developments around villages of character and charm and the generated urban sprawl that is turning our countryside into boring estates populated by cardboard boxes bereft of climate change features. No charging points were specified for Electric Vehicles, No photovoltaic panels included and no solar water heaters. How then is Britain to meet climate change targets after the 2008 Act.


In December 2018, the COP 24 climate change summit revealed the extent of the problem from the apathy of so-called member states. Despite many years of good intentions there has been no real action to stop the Arctic ice from melting. What is happening all over England is an indicator of British inaction, proof positive should you need more convincing that the United Kingdom are one of the Climate Criminals taking us and many more endangered species, to the brink.


GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION - In the case of the proposed development above, this council is likely to become complicit in poisoning a public water supply from the only surviving well in Herstmonceux village in Sussex, as per the board above protesting as to the impending ruination of their water supply. Not only that, but the adjacent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be blighted.


How will this affect Wealden's future solvency against criminal prosecutions for environmental offences and civil claims that are uninsurable? Nobody can say. But this council will be leaving the builders and occupiers of those homes built unlawfully, to litigate for years to come as to selling houses unfit for purpose - and the council may be vicariously liable for failing to secure reasonable conditions. In connection with this permission, no Environmental Impact Assessment was carried out. On the 6th December 2018, when the Area Plans South Committee were asked about this procedural irregularity, they were told by their district planning officer, Christopher Bending, that his council could get away with that. Presumably, on the advice of Trevor Scott, though where the advice came from was not mentioned.


Recently, the developers (Thakeham, Latimer and Clarion Group) admitted that they did not know that the well provided water to the public. But said that this was the proposal that the council wanted to see. Does that not smack of a done deal? Surely the committee make that decision, but where a proposal is for up to seventy houses on green belt, we would expect to see alternative scenarios with less houses to mitigate any environmental damage.


Two grants from this council that were challenged in the High Court were overturned by way of Judicial Review. These grants were by the same planning officer and committees as the above application. A water level management board has advised that the proposed surface water run off solution is not sound and will lead to flooding at a point where a sewage pump sub-station is to be located, potentially leading to foul water pollution to add to the misery of slowly poisoning those drinking from this well (they do not have a mains water supply) and destroying a heritage asset in the process.




Prime Minister Theresa May named Gavin Williamson as the new Defence Secretary following Sir Michael Fallon’s resignation.

Mr Williamson is the MP for South Staffordshire, having served the constituency since the 2010 election. Theresa May appointed him Chief Whip following her victory in the Conservative leadership election. He had previously served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Northern Ireland; the Secretary of State for Transport; and also to former Prime Minister, David Cameron.


Have either the UK warmongers or NATO chiefs looked hard at how to curb their carbon output? Do they even care? By contrast John Kerry, former US Defence Secretary has looked at ways to reduce American energy use for their armed forces.


We have a number of Astute class nuclear submarines with Trident missiles and the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers that are also nuclear powered.


We think it is shameful that the defence budget for 2016 was £35.3 billion pounds when there are homeless on the streets. That makes the United Kingdom the fifth largest spendthrifts on defence in the world - when there are far more important things to think about than strutting about on the world stage pretending that we still have an Empire. We wonder how a country the size of the UK, with only 66 million people can afford such expenditure, that looks to be around five times the amount per person as compared to other countries. What happened to the Circular Economy, or does that not apply when it comes to the boys from BAE Systems?



Theresa May


THERESA MAY OR MAY NOT - According to numerous media article the Prime Minister is finding it difficult to concentrate on the main issues with so many pundits chirping up. If we are going to leave Europe, then we'd urge the Prime Minister to work from a tick list and agree one point after the other to achieve the most satisfactory outcome - not only for the United Kingdom - but also for our bedfellows in Europe, who after all are our neighbours that we must work with to defeat common perils such as climate change and ocean pollution.


It is true and we must face facts, that Britain is not as Great as it once was on the world stage. There are other super-powers now, but that is not the point. No matter how big or small a country may be, we can all play our part when it comes to a Circular Economy internationally. Europe will appreciate this with their Commissioners coming out strongly in favour of climate and pollution controls. It is not just about the money, important though financial (home) security is, food and energy security are more important. Europe in not about to let the UK starve when this country has so much to offer - once we stop fighting each other. It is the politicians who are opening old wounds long healed, in their muck-raking efforts to reverse the poll - unfortunate that the result may have been.






Theresa May


Theresa May - Prime Mnister

MP for Maindenhead


Damian Green


Damian Green

MP for Ashford


Philip Hammond


Philip Hammond

MP Runnymede & Weybridge


Boris Johnson


Boris Johnson

MP Uxbridge & South Ruislip


Amber Rudd


Amber Rudd

MP Hastings & Rye


David Davis


David Davis

MP Haltemprice & Howden


Gavin Williamson


Gavin Williamson

MP South Staffordshire


Liam Fox


Liam Fox

MP North Somerset


David Lidlington


David Lidlington

MP for Aylesbury


Baroness Evans Bowes Park


 Baroness Evans

MP Bowes Park Haringey


Jeremy Hunt


Jeremy Hunt

MP South West Surrey


Justine Greening


Justine Greening

MP for Putney


Chris Grayling


Chris Grayling

MP Epsom & Ewell


Karen Bradley


Karen Bradley

MP Staffordshire Moorlands


Michael Gove


Michael Gove

MP Surrey Heath


David Gauke


David Gauke

MP South West Hertfordshire


Sajid Javid


Sajid Javid

MP for Bromsgrove


James Brokenshire


James Brokenshire

MP Old Bexley & Sidcup


Alun Cairns


 Alun Cairns

MP Vale of Glamorgan


David Mundell


 David Mundell MP

Dumfriesshire Clydes & Tweeddale


Patrick Mcloughlin


Patrick McLoughlin

MP Derbyshire Dales


Greg Clark


 Greg Clark

MP Tunbridge Wells


Penny Mordaunt


Penny Mordaunt

MP Portsmouth North


Andrea Leadsom


Andrea Leadsom

MP South Northamptonshire


Jeremy Wright


Jeremy Wright

MP Kenilworth & Southam


Elizabeth Truss


 Liz Truss

MP South West Norfolk


Brandon Lewis


Brandon Lewis

MP Great Yarmouth



Nus Ghani

MP Wealden



 Huw Merriman

MP Battle


Steve Double


 Steve Double

MP St Austell & Newquay


Sarah Newton


Sarah Newton

MP Truro & Falmouth


Rebecca Pow


Rebecca Pow

MP Taunton Deane


Jacob Rees-Mogg


 Jacob Rees-Mogg

MP Somerset



  Nadine Dorries



Gavin Williamson


 Gavin Williamson

MP Staffordshire



Thérèse Coffey

MP Suffolk Coastal








David Cameron


 David Cameron

Former Prime Minister


Margaret Thatcher


 Margaret Thatcher

Former Prime Minister





The EU provides funding to its member states, guidance and support in return for compliance with rules that are made democratically by the European Parliament in Brussels.




Jacob Rees-Mogg dismissed the prospect of becoming Prime Minister today - saying he has too many children to do the job.

The MP, who has become a darling of the Tory grassroots for his old-fashioned style and traditional right-wing views, said taking charge of No10 would be 'very difficult' because he is a 'family man'.

The comments came as the politician backed Theresa May to stay in the top job - but admitted she does not look like she is enjoying it.

Mr Rees-Mogg has become the bookies' favourite to succeed Mrs May as Conservative leader.

But answering questions from postgraduate journalism diploma students at the Press Association offices in central London, he said he did not want to be PM.

'I think want is very much the wrong word,' he said.

'If you look at Mrs May, it seems to be quite clear she does it because it's her duty to do it, I don't get the impression that it's a lot of fun for her - it's hard work. 

'I've got six children, it would be very, very difficult as a family man so want is not the right word, I'm very happy as a backbencher and what I do want is Mrs May to stay Prime Minister.' 

Mr Rees-Mogg is a devout catholic. Last summer he announced the arrival of his sixth child with wife Helena - named Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher.

The other children's full names are Alfred Wulfric Leyson Pius, Thomas Wentworth Somerset Dunstan, Peter Theodore Alphege, Anselm Charles Fitzwilliam and Mary Anne Charlotte Emma Rees-Mogg.

Despite having so many children, Mr Rees-Mogg has previously revealed that he has never changed a nappy.

Those duties are apparently shouldered by a nanny who has worked for the Rees-Mogg family for more than five decades. 

Despite Mr Rees-Mogg's endorsement of the PM, he did not completely rule out standing as leader in the future.

He also criticised the Tories' election campaign, which last June left the party without a House of Commons majority. 

'We should have a more optimistic vision, what we had to say at the last election was so gloomy,' he said. 

'It was that we will manage things better than the other side will, but it is going to be really nasty, we're going to make you sell your house if you're elderly and if you're young we're not going to talk to you at all. 

'That doesn't work, it was a bad idea. 

'Where I think Jeremy Corbyn is doing well is in showing a vision for what he believes in and I think Conservatives have to do this.' 

Mr Rees-Mogg also praised the 'bravery' of I'm A Celebrity winner Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo for publicly backing the Tories, and said it was important for the party to show it has young and famous supporters. 

'It's very important the Conservative Party can show that it's got followers from a variety of areas,' the MP said. 

'We broadly expect that retired field marshals will be Conservative but we need to show that young people, celebrities, people that can win I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, also have a connection with the Conservative Party, that they see why it's attractive. 

'And I think her role is important in showing that there are some young Conservative as well and she's brave in putting her head above the parapet because very few celebrities are willing to say they are Conservative.' 



The Independent reporting on Michael Gove and air pollution


CONSERVATIVE CLIMATE - Michael Gove has been summoned to Brussels because of his party's failure to meet air pollution targets despite warnings about which the Prime Minister was aware of.




The United Kingdom has many political parties, some of which are represented in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Below are links to the websites of the political parties that were represented in the House of Commons after the 2015 General Election:















Conservative Party

Co-operative Party

Democratic Unionist Party

Green Party

Labour Party

Liberal Democrats

Plaid Cymru

Scottish National Party

Sinn Féin

Social Democratic and Labour Party

UK Independence Party

Ulster Unionist Party





We are concerned with how the make up of the above parties and (reasonably) popular policies may affect the Wealden district, because we are all brothers on two islands in the Atlantic Ocean and what we do or fail to do is likely to rebound on ourselves and our fellow man in other nations around the world. How we act today influences policies in other countries in our global community. It is not just about us and our patch.




East Sussex has five District and Borough Councils, each with a border on the coast. From west to east they are: 


Eastbourne Borough Council

Hastings Borough Council

Lewes District Council 

Rother District Council 

Wealden District Council


There is also East Sussex County Council as the provider of services to the 5 East Sussex districts.


As near neighbours and with councils now sharing facilities and working together, these area of Sussex are included in our remit and an area where climate change and affordable housing are issues that need urgent attention. Where the coastline is a feature in every Council, Blue Growth is a food security issue, especially where this side of of our local economy is under-exploited.






Client Earth wins against Conservative Party