Food for thought at Downing Street
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