Not for nothing is August called the silly season. But events in the St Albans Conservative Association have been nothing less than astonishing. Mrs Main has fought off her fellow Conservatives for now, but at the cost of losing her constituency chairman and with the Deputy Chairman reported as “considering his position”. And we are still waiting to hear the results of the inquiry by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner into her expense claims. There is much much more to come out about the expenses story. And then there is the influence of Anne Main’s Beaconsfield Conservative Association and its apparent pecuniary influence on the St Albans party. One local Conservative was reported as saying she feels St Albans is being treated like in a “Rotten Borough” – an interesting choice of words. And all the time St Albans continues to be confronted by major issues:-
• Fighting off the proposed freight terminal
• Challenging the Labour Government’s plans arbitrarily to extend Hemel Hempstead and Hatfield into our Green Belt
• Forcing the county council to address its lamentable failure to provide enough school places in central St Albans
• Ensuring we have local health services which deliver proper and immediate care where it is needed
• Stopping First Capital Connect from unfairly exploiting its monopoly over London commuter rail services How can Mrs Main and the Conservatives stand up for and be trusted by local people on these crucial matters when they are more intent on lobbing mortar bombs at one another?.
It may be their private grief, but there are damaging public repercussions on us all.