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Saturday, 10 June 2017


Dear Residents,

We've all heard the expression, 'Every cloud has a silver lining'. Well, indeed it does. You may remember not so long ago when Gavin Barwell, Conservative housing minister, came along to Shepway and was photographed with probably the most loathed pair of individuals in our area, at a time when he gave Government backing to a 12,000 dwelling commuter town in the heart of our villages. 
Well, we don't know if it was the fact that 5,652 Shepway residents temporarily relocated to Croydon to vote Mr. Barwell out, (the swing to Labour), or he was just 'found out'. Whatever the reason, one thing is for sure, Mr. Barwell isn't enjoying a brighter, more secure future as a Government Minister.


Pictured below is ex Housing Minister, Gavin Barwell with the local loathsome pair; Damian Collins and David Monk, purporting to be our Member of Parliament and Leader of Shepway District Council respectively. 

A grinning, self serving trio that are so far removed from being described as our three amigo's, that the only description that comes to mind of these three Gringo's is the not so good, the bad and the ugly. Take your pick on the suitors description.
Here we have the recently elected so called MP, Damian Collins whose call to generate and develop our rural communities would be a nail in the coffin for our rural communities, diverting investment away from our Urban areas where it's so badly needed.
Then we have David Monk, a well known or infamous individual who is prepared to stop at nothing, even lie on a BBC radio station, to promote the 12,000 dwelling Commuter Town, pushing young families further away from even thinking about owning their own homes. 
Last, but not least; Gavin Barwell, still publicly supporting the Prime Minister but he was probably resigned to the fact that come June 9th and with a majority of only 160 votes in the Croydon constituency, he would be out of a job. 

So, who's voting for the loathsome pair? What reasons do they have to vote for them. If you are someone that actually voted for these two individuals or know someone that did, we would love to hear from you. We would also love to publish your response on our website. We promise not to publish your names or contact details unless you state otherwise.
 Is it true, as some have already stated on social media, that some constituents would vote for a monkey or a goat if it wore a blue rosette? Is it true that the general view of Collins or Monk Voters are Elderly, Wealthy, Selfish, Educationally challenged, Politically illiterate, Not knowing the difference between a District, County or General election but voting 'tribal' or On a fat pension?
These are not the views of S&DRA, but of residents that we talk to. Please let us know your views.



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