John Whitehouse

Retired County Councillor for Kenilworth Abbey Division Learn more

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Today’s publication by the Liberal think tank Centre Forum, “Build the infrastructure: bin the wish list”, ought to make every Liberal Democrat stop and think again about the wisdom of spending £50 billion on HS2. The report concludes that “projects must be prioritised with full consideration of opportunity costs”, saying: The debate on major infrastructure […]

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In recent weeks the national media has been full of HS2. A number of prominent politicians have expressed opposition to the scheme, others like George Osborne have rushed to support it, the Institute of Directors members said it should be scrapped, etc etc. For those of us who have been “in the firing line” of […]

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As a Warwickshire councillor I represent the county division of Kenilworth Abbey, which includes the village of Burton Green that is in the direct path of the proposed HS2 route. I am also the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the Environment & Economy on the County Council.  I am therefore writing as an individual councillor and […]

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Re-launching my web site

by John Whitehouse on 19 May, 2010

As you may have noticed, this web site has been pretty dormant for many months! Why? Because I was acting as election agent for Nigel Rock in the parliamentary election for the new constituency of Kenilworth & Southam, and was putting all my energies into that – including running the local party’s web site at […]

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Environment & Economy Spokesperson

by John Whitehouse on 15 September, 2009

Since June I’ve become Environment & Economy spokesperson for the Liberal Democrat group on the County Council. I still retain an interest in the children’s agenda, but a Stratford colleague Peter Balaam (an ex teacher) has taken on the spokesperson responsibility in this area. I’m very excited by the challenge of my new role, because […]

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Four More Years!

by John Whitehouse on 7 June, 2009

On Thursday I managed to hold my county seat by the massive majority of 15 votes!! I’d hoped for a bit more breathing room after winning by 56 votes four years ago, but it wasn’t to be. Kenilworth Abbey has always been like this …. Anyway, I’m extremely grateful to everyone who voted for me, […]

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County Election Day 4th June

by John Whitehouse on 16 April, 2009

Yesterday I went to collect the nomination forms for the County Council elections on 4th June and to receive a briefing from the local Electoral Services officers. Although the formal notice of poll is not until 28th April, getting the forms in my hands made it all seem suddenly very real! This year’s county campaign […]

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Meeting Baroness Ros Scott

by John Whitehouse on 29 March, 2009

I attended a fund-raising dinner in Dunchurch on Friday evening, where the guest speaker was Baroness Ros Scott, who became national President of the Liberal Democrat party in January 2009. What an inspiring person she is! Having left school at sixteen and married young she got into local politics as a young mother, got elected […]

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Crewe & Nantwich By-Election

by John Whitehouse on 25 May, 2008

Despite my personal intervention in the Crewe & Nantwich by-election – i.e. spending a day pounding pavements there on Wednesday – I’m afraid the Lib Dems didn’t do as well as we hoped, suffering the classic “third party squeeze” on our vote. Travelling around the constituency it was clear that the Conservatives had won the […]

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Winning Is A Great Feeling!

by John Whitehouse on 3 May, 2008

I spent most of Thursday over in Harbury, helping Liberal Democrat Bev Mann in her campaign to unseat the Conservative incumbent in the Stratford District Council elections. Bev is fairly new to the Lib Dems, but very well known locally after six years as a parish councillor, and coming from a long-established local family. The […]

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