Archive for August, 2009
Posted by Richard | Filed under Bedford & Kempston
Bedford has lost its leader and, in many respects, its visionary spirit. Frank Branston wanted the best for Bedford and he went about achieving his goals with vigour and purpose.
Over the years – and despite our political differences – Frank always had a willingness to hear a different point of view. I valued his directness and his entrepreneurial flair – both of which I shall sorely miss.
I met with Frank last three weeks ago, and his focus was very much on how, despite the recession, he could keep our community moving forward. At times like these, we badly needed his sense of purpose.
To Frank’s family and to his many friends across our town and beyond, my sincere condolences on his passing, and on this sad day, may our thoughts and prayers be with them.
Posted by Richard | Filed under Economy
Conservative Parliamentary candidate, Richard Fuller, is highlighting the continuing negative trends for local people seeking work shown in the national unemployment figures released today.
“The July unemployment figures show just how tough it is getting for people in Bedford and Kempston to get a job. In our home town there are now nearly 10 people seeking work for each unfilled vacancy – that is fourfold increase from just two years ago. Compared to the rest of the Eastern Region, this mismatch of job opportunities and people seeking work is getting worse, and getting worse at a faster rate.”
Richard is undertaking a survey of local businesses to see what can be done to improve local opportunities for more employment and is reaching out to those whose families have been impacted by the recession to see what help can be provided.
“Long term the answer has to be the creation of more local jobs for local people, but in the short term we will be providing practical help for people seeking work, wherever it can be found.”
Sunday, as the clouds cleared and the sun came out, I was happy to help open the first Bedford Mela organised by our Bangladeshi community. An afternoon of music and family fun on the meadows near Longholme Way. Another example of how the diversity of our town enriches us all. Well done to all the organisers and here’s to next year !