View from the Margin

Politics from a 'Marginal' Perspective

“Sports Minister wants ‘bonfire of costly bureaucracy’ to help increase participation.” Well nobody could sensibly disagree with that could they? Of course not and the wish to create a bonfire from regulation is always the easiest headline you can get as a Minister. I don’t blame Hugh. He has had a difficult few weeks mainly …

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Andy Reed was awarded the CCPRs Arthur Bell Trophy today for outstanding contribution to Community Sport at their AGM held at St James’s Palace. The trophy was presented by Prince Edward to Andy Reed. Andy received the annual award for his contribution to Community Sport during his time as MP for Loughborough. “I didn’t think …

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The proposed ‘reforms’ of the NHS announced today are worthy of considerable political comment elsewhere. I must admit I am surprised anybody thinks the NHS needs another radical ‘reform’ at the moment. For anybody expecting the Lib Dems to slow down the ideological shift to the right under a Tory government I think today and …

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Today has been about 2012, sport and volunteering for me. I chaired the Leicestershire County Sports Partnership Board this morning; chaired the Leicestershire 2012 Committee this afternoon and presented the 3M/Loughborough Echo awards this evening (for the 13th year).  At the heart of all these events is the volunteers. I have written so many words before …

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Robert Smyth school in Leicestershire hosted 2012 mascot Mandeville today. The school won the chance in a national competition. But it isn’t impossible for any school to be part of the 2012 excitement. You just need to join up to the GetSet Network of schools and meet some pretty basic criteria. It could take less …

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