The MP who doesn't want to have his cake and eat it

Worcester News: Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff has been given a Knights Bachelor in New Year Honours List.

9:30am Friday 18th April 2014

HAPPY birthday to Worcester MP Robin Walker, who turned the incredibly young age (for an MP) of 36 last Saturday.

The Beast of Bolsover likes our Robin

Worcester News: Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid who has declared his opposition to a plan for 175 new homes in Hagley

10:00am Friday 11th April 2014

DENNIS Skinner, the infamous socialist MP dubbed the 'Beast of Bolsover', has taken many political scalps in his 44-year career, and this week Worcester's MP was very nearly next.

Travel misery is plane bad luck for MP

Worcester News: Picture-postcard: St George's on the Caribbean island of Grenada

2:07pm Friday 4th April 2014

HAVE you ever been away on holiday, then sat silently stewing at the airport because your plane's delayed?

Worries over amnesia-hit councillors

Worcester News: Chief fire officer Mark Yates

3:01pm Friday 28th March 2014

TRANS-PAREN-CY. Understand? Let's spell it out, slowly and clearly, because given this week's events some of our elected representatives don't understand what it means.

The truth truly is elastic

Worcester News: Chancellor George Osborne outside 11 Downing Street ahead of his Budget speech

2:32pm Friday 21st March 2014

LABOUR’S Worcester parliamentary candidate Joy Squires has taken some flak from city Tories who say she’s posted an “outright lie” about group leader Simon Geraghty on Twitter by stating he wants to sell the Guildhall.

Call Ghostbusters....something spooky is going on!

Worcester News: What's On module top link image

1:51pm Friday 14th March 2014

COMPUTERS can be highly dangerous in the wrong hands - especially if the person sitting behind it is fond of UKIP.

Vagrants, vagabonds and a cup final kicking

Worcester News: Councillor Allah Ditta: lost his seat in Rainbow Hill

12:17pm Friday 7th March 2014

HAVE you ever been at a fancy restaurant and gorged yourself silly, before slowly developing a cold sweat as you wait for the inevitable bill to arrive?

Is that a ringing phone?

Worcester News: DELAY: Councillor Aubrey Tarbuck was told he would have to wait four days for a scan at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

1:02pm Friday 28th February 2014

BLEARY eyes all round, Worcester City Council’s assorted politicians pulled off a rare feat this week by keeping us waiting until nearly 1am to finally approve the 2014/15 budget.

BBC cock-up leaves the champ floundering

Worcester News: District council leader, Conservative councillor John Campion.

10:05am Monday 24th February 2014

IT's not too often that Worcestershire politicians get to appear on TV, so you'd have forgiven Councillor John Campion if he decided to record his appearance on The One Show last week to show the kids.

Taxpayers of Worcestershire, councillors too, pucker up

Worcester News: Adrian Hardman

4:43pm Friday 14th February 2014

THE Source has seen so many rabbits pulled out of hats over the past few days, one doesn't know where to start.

Channel surf your way to gobbledygook

Worcester News: HOME SECRETARY ALAN JOHNSON:  The Home Office said:  That is nonsense. This is nothing to do with data protection

12:24pm Friday 7th February 2014

IN the weird world of local democracy, the more you can pull the wool over people's eyes the better.

Parking ticket pain for Tory MP

Worcester News: Worcester's jobless numbers rise for first time in almost a year

3:34pm Friday 31st January 2014

WITH Worcester City Council facing a cash conundrum, it’s a good job our irrepressible MP is willing to help.

Tory, Labour, Lib Dem: it's so confusing

Worcester News: ‘ABSURD’: Coun Alan Amos has hit out at a ‘bigoted minority’.

1:00pm Friday 24th January 2014

THERE'S many ways to offend a Conservative MP - but with Coalition tensions at an all-time high mistaking one for a Liberal Democrat probably tops the list.

Hasta la vista, people of Worcestershire!

Worcester News: NIgel Huddlestone

11:50am Friday 17th January 2014

The Source loves it when politicians pick up nicknames – especially when they appear unlikely.

Budget cuts a sore point for pensioners

Worcester News: Action call: Marcus Hart and Nathan Desmond.

3:08pm Friday 10th January 2014

IT’S been an angry week for pensioners across Worcestershire, who have been grilling county council officials over the woe about to hit them.

Arise, Sir Peter - but stay off the bubbly

Worcester News: 'Thrilled': Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff has been knighted.

1:41pm Friday 3rd January 2014

CONGRATULATIONS must go to Sir Peter Luff, who was finally given fitting recognition for his 22 years service in parliament and the country by being knighted.

Andrew Grant gazes into his crystal ball

Worcester News: OPPOSED: Andrew Grant says Worcester Conservatives are opposed to gay marriage

8:00am Friday 27th December 2013

MANY Tories in Worcester think city MP Robin Walker is facing a tough battle to hold onto his parliamentary seat in 2015.

Festive gifts for our politicians

Worcester News: ‘Great opportunity’: Anthony Blagg.

2:22pm Friday 20th December 2013

WITH the season of goodwill upon us, The Source has been busy shopping to make sure Christmas is a memorable one for our politicians.

When the word 'charity' hit a nerve

Worcester News: SUPPORT: Mark Garnier

2:55pm Friday 13th December 2013

IT was just one question that was enough to irk our MPs this week - a simple one that involved £74,000 and the word ‘charity’.

Look at what Santa's got in store....

Worcester News: £300,000 DOWN: Income from car parking charges has fallen, but not by as much as had been predicted.

3:08pm Friday 6th December 2013

WITH the festive season in full swing, West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin leapt on the bandwagon yesterday by calling Chancellor George Osborne’s autumn statement an “early Christmas present”.

Councillor’s temper gets better of him

9:51am Friday 29th November 2013

HAVE you ever seen the film Anger Management? Someone may want to send a DVD of Jack Nicholson’s 2003 classic to the deputy leader of Worcester City Council, Labour’s Geoff Williams, to illustrate the perils of losing one’s temper.

Trish's Labour roots revealed

Worcester News: Trish Haines is retiring from the county council

11:34am Friday 22nd November 2013

YOU’VE got to hand it to Worcester politician Simon Cronin, who’s been making very loud noises about what’s been bothering him recently.

Free lunch on the way for Lamb

2:58pm Friday 15th November 2013

IT’S been a good few days for Worcester politician Matthew Lamb, who was joyously told last weekend he’s been selected as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for the Wyre Forest.

Welcome to Worcester's 18-lane mega pool

1:22pm Friday 8th November 2013

REALITY hit home in the corridors of gloom this week, after Worcester City Council’s Labour leadership revealed what we all knew anyway about the swimming pool saga.

Riaz bowled over by the cricket dig

12:17pm Friday 1st November 2013

* IT’S been a hairy couple of weeks for Councillor Jabba Riaz, who crossed the Rubicon in spectacular style by quitting Worcester’s Tory group to join Labour.

It's cleaner, it's greener..but will Matthew seal his parliamentary deal?

2:40pm Friday 25th October 2013

THE Source loves a good rumour, and the corridors of gloom are full of chatter that a Worcester city councillor fancies contesting a parliamentary seat.

Jabba Riaz has been kidnapped

12:33pm Friday 18th October 2013

BEMUSING times at the Guildhall this week, after the city’s Labour leadership gained a new councillor without having to fight any election, knock on unwelcoming doors or wait nervously in a gloomy chamber for the voters’ verdict.

Worcester’s a big curse for any MP

10:06am Friday 11th October 2013

PLENTY of bloodshed in the House of Commons this week, with another one of those chaotic reshuffles where MPs were in, out, or shake it all about.

The outlook is grey - just like the weather

5:35pm Friday 4th October 2013

IT was only last month when those merry people at Worcester City Council told us around £3m of cuts are needed by 2017/18.

Red faces all round for Ed and his team

Worcester News: Why the red faces? Answers on a postcard.....

4:14pm Friday 27th September 2013

IT hasn’t been the best week in Ed Miliband’s career, with the Labour leader’s policy ideas at his party’s Brighton conference being largely trashed by the national press.

Aubrey Tarbuck? He'll have his work cut out

2:39pm Friday 20th September 2013

GOOD old Aubrey Tarbuck is hoping to stand again for Worcester City Council next year - but will he still be a Tory?

Is this the worst policy ever?

2:53pm Friday 13th September 2013

THERE’S something curiously entertaining about watching politicians trying to defend the indefensible - think Thatcher over the poll tax or Blair over Iraq.

Just as mystic meg predicted, it's gloom at the Guildhall

4:04pm Friday 6th September 2013

IT’S worrying times at the Guildhall, where plans are being drawn up for yet more cuts as we head into autumn.

Is this why chief got the push?

Worcester News: ElectionsModule Candidate photo

1:01pm Friday 30th August 2013

REALITY has hit home at County Hall this week, with the Tory leadership saying future park and ride plans are now dead in the water.

Please come to my party, PLEASE

1:33pm Friday 23rd August 2013

WE’VE reached a crucial crossroads in British politics where more and more people are adopting a cynical attitude to those we elect.

These gulls just won’t go away...

1:08pm Friday 16th August 2013

I F there’s one thing guaranteed to get politicians of all colours in a flap, it’s those pesky seagulls. The air rodents were famously described as “vermin” by Tory councillor Roger Knight when he was in charge of the environmental brief at the city council, and now it appears they’re back under the microscope.

Yes, let's hope for rain eh....

12:25pm Friday 9th August 2013

THE stakes are getting higher in this month’s planned protest over the bedroom tax, which is taking place in Worcester on August 24.

It's food for thought for Mr Gregson

11:46am Friday 2nd August 2013

IT hasn’t been an easy few days for Councillor Neil Laurenson, who is coming under criticism from not only his native Worcester, but now Wychavon too.

Robin, now the battle really starts

Worcester News: MP backs Bill to curb loan sharks

11:23am Friday 26th July 2013

WORCESTER MP Robin Walker has been confirmed as the Tories’ parliamentary candidate for the 2015 general election, causing much rejoicing in Conservative circles.

Councillors thrash it out over homes

2:01pm Friday 19th July 2013

MOST people understand the need for more homes to be built in this country – but hate it when a massive great big development gets the go-ahead next door.

Another roads row in Worcester - deep joy...

4:37pm Friday 12th July 2013

THERE’S yet another row brewing over a roads scheme in Worcester - and this time around it could become even more brutal than the last.

Get on your bike, Mr Hobbs

2:01pm Friday 5th July 2013

IT’S been another case of bash-the-media in the corridors of doom this week, with bosses at County Hall taking their turn to churn out the drivel.

Roger, meet Duncan for a 'leisurely' chat

10:43am Friday 28th June 2013

THE managing director of Worcester City Council wasn’t pulling any punches when he penned a letter to this fine publication in apparent protest this week.

Roger and out for new city deal...

1:50pm Friday 14th June 2013

WE’VE all been there – pressed the ‘send’ button on an e-mail and immediately recoiled in horror when we realise it’s reached an unintended target.

Neil, I don’t think they like you...

1:25pm Friday 7th June 2013

WORCESTER’S lone Green councillor Neil Laurenson has found himself in a sticky situation during recent weeks – and it isn’t going to get any easier.

Councillor is skating on very thin ice

3:37pm Monday 3rd June 2013

IF there is anything our politicians particularly excel at in these austere times, it’s insulting each other – and I daresay democracy is all the better for it.

Who’d be a Conservative these days?

1:44pm Friday 24th May 2013

IT’S been a torrid time for anyone of a Conservative persuasion in Worcester over the last couple of weeks, fresh from being on the receiving end of a Lab/Lib coup at the city council.

Drama at its most shocking...

11:16am Friday 17th May 2013

IT’S been quite a week at Worcester City Council – shocking, sensational, dramatic... the kind of tale worthy of a carefully scripted political TV drama.

Who are the BNP trying to kid here?

2:11pm Friday 10th May 2013

LIKE a fly that needed swatting, it’s fair to say the British National Party barely registered a whimper in last week’s local elections in Worcestershire.

Don’t do it, Mike,it isn’t worth it...

10:38am Friday 3rd May 2013

AFTER weeks of weary canvassing, spats, tactical leafleting and long, sleep-deprived days, the 2013 elections are finally done and dusted for our politicians.



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