Iain Dale

 If you were wanting a diary for the new year, you could do no better than asking for Iain Dales Diary.

Iain has moved the bar to a new level with regards political blogging and has seemingly had a scop for every week of the year. During 2006 he must have becomethe nemesis of more than a handful of journalists having broken story after story only for the mainstream media to follow in his wake.

Not content with being one of the best sources political gossip in the country, he now fronts the ever popular 18 Doughty Street internet TV station, and was co-editor of the highly readable Little Red Book of Labour sleaze.

Arise "Sir" Iain Dale – for services to political blogging and gossip

Tim Montgomerie

 The first Tory Radio honour is a Tory Radio Knighthood to Mr Tim Montgomerie of ConservativeHome.

Tim, a former Chief of Staff to Iain Duncan Smith has been instrumental in supporting the emerging online Tory grassroots movement in the UK.

ConservativeHome is THE website to visit if you want to know what is going on within the Conservative Party.

You may not always agree with the things on ConservativeHome (as David Cameron pointed out) but it cannot and should not be ignored. Without Mr Montgomerie giving me some sound advice Tory Radio may not exist today.

Arise "Sir" Tim Montgomerie – for services to the emerging Conservative blogosphere.

Tory Radio New Years Honours List

First Tory Radio did a Christmas podcast, and then Her Majesty the Queen followed.

This time the Queen has published her New Years Honours List, and Tory Radio will follow her example. Over the next few hours we will be honouring the various great and the good in political blogging who we think deserve a mention for their work over the past year.

And the great thing is that there have certainly been no cash for honours in these awards – though if you do want to donate – do click the button at the top of the left hand column!

Government Nimbyism is beyond belief

Yesterday I wrote about the fact that a Labour Cabinet Member was campaigning locally against her own Government's policy, and asked whether it would be honourable for her to resign in order to do so.

Colleagues have now leapt to her defence saying it is of course quite acceptable for a member of the Government to openly campaign against the policy of a Government they are in, if that policy isnt right for the locality. Indeed according to BBC News Online, Health Minister Ivan Lewis said every MP, including ministers, could approach the secretary of state, Patricia Hewitt, if they felt a decision was not right for their area.

I'm sorry but I have never heard such nonsense in my life. Are they honestly saying that it would be OK for example for the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to oppose Post Office closures in their own constituency. Or perhaps the Secretary of State for Health could oppose hospital cuts in her constituency? This smacks of being the most blatant case of nimbyism I have ever seen. Its a fine policy – but cant happen in my constituency.

This is yet another sign of how out of touch Labour is. Even its own MPs are actively campaigning against its very own policies.

 

Should Hazel Blears resign?

BBC News Online has picked up on an interesting story, where Labour Cabinet member Hazel Blears MP is campaigning against the closure of certian services at a local hospital. Indeed on her own website includes the following text:-

Hazel Blears, MP for Salford, Barbara Keeley, MP for Worsley and Ian Stewart, MP for Eccles have written to the Salford Advertiser pledging their support for the campaign, run by the local newspaper the Salford Advertiser, to save Hope Hopsital's neonatal and maternity facilities.

Their letter is below:-

“We would like to congratulate the Advertiser on the campaign to keep Children’s services in Salford and we give our full support to the campaign.

"We have been involved in discussions with regard to the future of Children’s services for many years now and at all times have tried to ensure the best services for Salford people whilst acknowledging the need to make the best decisions for the service as a whole.

"We are very concerned that the Strategic Health Authority is proposing to close Hope Hospital’s maternity unit as we are determined that Salford families should continue to have access to the highest quality maternity services and children’s health services close to home.

"As Salford MPs we will be working with the community and the local authority to ensure that Salford people retain access to these vital services for themselves and their families.”

Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP
Barbara Keeley MP
Ian Stewart MP

Surely given that any such reduction in services is  a direct result of Government policy, and given she was in the Cabinet, she has an obligation to resign, so she can campaign against Government policy.

Podcasts 41 – 50

http://toryradio.podbus.com/challengethechairmannumber3.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/awnewmediafringe.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/idnewmediaconferencefringe.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/newmediafringequestions.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/conhomeawards.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/johnhessinterview.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/howtolabelagoat.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/challengethechairmannumber4.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/pritipatelinterview.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/merrychristmas.mp3

Podcasts 31 – 40

http://toryradio.podbus.com/challengethechairmannumber2.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/laboursupporterinterviewpart1.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/laboursupporterinterviewpart2.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/timloughtoninterview.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/roberthalfoninterview.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/davidgoldinterview.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/lordbellinterview1.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/lordbellinterview2.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/markclarkeinterview.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/andrewyounginterview.mp3

Podcasts 21 – 30

http://toryradio.podbus.com/edvaizeyinterviewpart1.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/edvaizeyinterviewpart2.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/cherylgillaninterviewpart1.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/cherylgillaninterviewpart2.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/jessenormaninterviewpart1.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/jessenormaninterviewpart2.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/matthewelliottinterview.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/lordtebbitinterviewpart1.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/lordtebbitinterviewpart2.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/kenclarkeinterview.mp3

Podcasts 11 -20

http://toryradio.podbus.com/andrewturnerinterview.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/francismaudeinterview.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/francismaudeinterview2.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/adamrickettinterviewpart1.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/adamrickettinterviewpart2.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/adamrickettinterviewpart3.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/adamrickettinterviewpart4.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/iaindaleinterviewpart1.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/iaindaleinterviewpart1.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/bobneillinterview.mp3

Run Down of the last years podcasts

 Below are links to podcasts 1 -10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://toryradio.podbus.com/grantshappsinterview1.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/gregclarkinterview.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/idsinterview.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/rogerhelmerinterview.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/timmontgomerieinterview.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/ChrisGraylingInterview.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/zacgoldsmithInterview.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/zacgoldsmithinterviewparttwo.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/toryradioelectionspecial.mp3

http://toryradio.podbus.com/michaelhowardinterview1.mp3