Food for thought at Down­ing Street

Rutherglen Reformer - - Ann Le Blond -

I re­cently had the hon­our of be­ing in­vited to 10 Down­ing Street. I was joined by four other South La­nark­shire Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lors, as well as a del­e­ga­tion from across Scot­land’s lo­cal author­i­ties.

My­self and Coun­cil­lors Poppy Cor­bett, Kenny McCreary and Mark McGeever at­tended the meet­ing on Novem­ber 19.

We were in­vited to West­min­ster by the Prime Min­is­ter to hear what the gov­ern­ment’s Brexit strat­egy will of­fer lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. It also gave us the op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions, meet with MSPs and MPs and get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what the fu­ture holds.

Whilst I hold my own views on the deal, I was open to speak­ing with oth­ers with al­ter­na­tive views, es­pe­cially since there was a del­e­ga­tion from across the whole of Scot­land who all have their own rea­son for vot­ing dif­fer­ently due to what im­pacts Brexit and the EU have lo­cally.

It was an in­ter­est­ing event and while I may not have agreed with ev­ery­one, it was cer­tainly in­sight­ful.

My fel­low coun­cil­lors who at­tended the event also gained a lot from the ex­pe­ri­ence.

I can’t lie. Whilst I was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated to meet the Prime Min­is­ter, I was also just pretty nosy and wanted to see the dé­cor in No 10… it’s just like in the movie Love Ac­tu­ally!

While in London, I was also able to pay my re­spects at the Ceno­taph which was strewn with wreaths, it’s re­ally tes­ta­ment to the or­gan­is­ers this year who have made such an valiant ef­fort to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the end of World War I.

Lo­cally and na­tion­ally, it’s been com­mem­o­rated valiantly and I am glad I was able to par­take lo­cally in some of the events.

To end the visit, I was lucky enough to take the tour around West­min­ster, again steeped in history and re­ally worth the visit if you are in London.

I even bumped into one of the ex-MPs for the area, Baron McAvoy.

It was a nice change from bump­ing into him in Tesco Burn­side.

Whilst I hold my own views on the deal, I was open to speak­ing with oth­ers with al­ter­na­tive views

Down­ing Street visit Coun­cil­lor Le Blond, sec­ond right, with fel­low Con­ser­va­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tives, from left, Poppy Cor­bett, Kenny McCreary, Mark McGeever and Tony Cur­tis

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