I caught the 7.39am train from Newcastle to London - we have just passed through York. I always get that "spring must be on its way" feeling when being driven into Newcastle on a Monday morning and there is a hint of daylight in the east. A hint, mind you, only a hint. Of course, all this coincides with a big freeze that meant the car had to be defrosted before we hit the road.
Our top target ward in Gateshead in the local elections this year is Lobley Hill and Bensham. Our most marginal defence is Dunston Hill and Whickham East. I did some work on both over the weekend. Gateshead have extended the consultation time for the introduction of car parking charges in Whickham, Blaydon, Birtley and Low Fell so we were able to survey more residents on this issue yesterday. The Labour cabinet in Gateshead proposed the introduction of charges and have agreed them in principle. And then the Labour party put out a leaflet in Dunston Hill and Whickham East saying Labour are opposed to the charges but the Lib Dems agree with them!!! Labour never let honesty get in the way of a good story.
And finally, the repeated requests by the media centre in Cowley Street for more home made chocolate bisuits have been answered. David made a large batch yesterday though I doubt they will last long once I get to HQ!
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