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Day: June 24, 2011

Local Lib Dem activist dies after dinghy accident

It is with sadness that I can now confirm that the man pulled from a capsized dinghy off Chalkwell was 78 year-old local Lib Dem activist Michael Woolcott.

Mr Woolcott died in hospital having failed to regain conciousness after being dragged from the sea by a passing jogger. The 78 year-old had been active on the local political scene for quite some time and had stood in numerous council elections as well as canvassing for other council candidates and parliamentary candidates.

As someone new to the local Lib Dem scene I personally did not know him but e-mail I have received today show him to have been a man of extremely good character and one that will be missed. If any local Lib Dems to the Southend area want to share their thoughts on Michael then please leave a comment or e-mail me using the e-mail link at the top of the right-hand column.

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Vote Yes to ending legal loan sharking

People tell me that I am just anti-Labour. This is not strictly accurate. If Labour want to propose a bill – or an amendment to a bill – that is good then I will verbally back it with a blog. This has happened as Labour co-operative MP for Waltamstow Stella Creasy has proposed a bill that would see an end to legal loan sharking aka pay day loans. Whilst I’m a free market guy I think it is very clear that these loans prey on the vunerable.

I was brought up on a council estate and I know of people who took out such loans and all it does it move the problem to further back in the calendar and makes the problem even worse. Yes there are those who could use these payday wisely and how they are meant to be used but without any stats and purely using my conjecture this is either a minority or a slight majority. Most people ignore the warnings that this is a short-term cashflow fixer and use it even though there is little hope for them to pay it back before the insane APR kicks in.

There will be a vote next Tuesday on adding a new clause entitled “High Cost Credit Lending” to the Finance Bill that will make charging insane APR illegal and make the whole process much more regulated and will stop companies making such insane profits from each loan. This is something that I fully endorse and implore all MPs to vote for. I know people should be allowed to make their own mistakes in life but I truly believe that the desperate to not think about the long-term consequences and we need to stop these people being preyed upon by these companies.

So I implore you all to contact your local MP to ask them about their plans for this vote and urge them to vote for this amendment to the bill. Here is an example of an e-mail that you might want to send.

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