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Rising tide of abuse against MPs

Watch the recent BBC report on the increasing abuse suffered by MPs via social media.

 

 

Shown with kind permission of BBC.

Skateboarding and dancing in the rain

His lips were blue with the cold, his whole body shook. My son and his three mates, all aged 17 had decided to skateboard in the pouring rain, just for a laugh. They arrived home soaked through to the skin after hours in the cold and wet. It was the beginning of the election campaign, an onslaught of aggressive nasty online material had already started. Shocked by the outright lies, my character was being trashed and I was being accused of things I had no experience of. The lads had come round to hang out, jump on the trampoline, skateboard and roar with laughter. Like seagulls not knowing where the next meal would come from they scavenge food in any form. Their normal teenage existence seemed so appealing, my new normal was filled with online and newspaper reports with hateful attacks from people dying to get their voice heard. Journalists like vultures picking over my carcass, picking over the debris of media attacks and re printing more gossip with little regard for the truth or respect. It was heartening to find three journalists who wrote with a high regard for truth, Frank, Angi and Juliette appeared as beacons of decency. As the media storm hit I had to learn how to dance in the rain. I encouraged the lads to borrow my son’s dry clothes and then drove two of them home. One teenager had posters of the opposition party all over the front of his house, he spoke of the party his parents supported and their views, as we chat I speak of tolerance and the importance of hearing different views. Oh the irony of me making sure he is home safely when they campaigned for the opposition.

It is within my lifetime that we have seen mobile phones, email, Twitter and FaceBook invented and become part of our everyday. The culture of online speech and tone has changed to regularly include aggression, swear words, and disrespect towards women are considered normal. They aren’t my normal, I refuse to agree with it. I tweeted to my supporters a copy of Michelle Obama’s statement ‘They go low, we go high.’ I refuse to deal in lies, hate and disrespect – they aren’t my currency and if they are yours, come away from the dark side and think again. I don’t blame you, I lay the blame for making rudeness in the public space acceptable at the feet of Anne Robinson on TV’s The Weakest link, a programme no longer aired. Her abrasive rudeness was surprising at first and then people laughed as she ridiculed her guests, and it became normal to be rude. Years later aggressive, tart phrases laced with acid comments started on new media and haven’t stopped. The snowball of online comments written about everything from a woman politician, her physical attributes and the colour of her skin through to medical staff at Great Ormond Street treating the sick baby, Charlie Gard. Some comments are supportive and some were outright nasty and negative. In the case of the politician, they were racist. The hospital spokesperson said the comments including death treats towards their staff were totally unacceptable, they were right to identify the posts as unacceptable. It’s time to reflect and decide if we want bad manners and disrespect as part of our culture. In his book ‘I can’t believe you just said that’ Danny Wallace (Sunday Times writer) argues ‘Rudeness is a form of rebellion that we must rebel against. Not because it weakens us, but because politeness makes us stronger. It gels us together.’

We can change the culture of speech and regain responsibility for our words online, in doing so we respect ourselves and others. It seems like a mammoth task, yet it can be achieved one post at a time. We all have a responsibility to create a culture that we would be proud to pass onto our nation’s children rather than training them in hate and contempt. The choice is ours, and so is the online legacy we leave behind.

Boris Johnson campaigns with Richard Fuller MP in Bedford

“Boris

London Mayor Boris Johnson joined the campaign to support Richard Fuller MP of Bedford and Kempston.

Kristy said, “Boris is a joy to be with, his instant connection with people and his passion to see the best services provided for every person shone through. He reminded us that all the escalators on the London underground have been made in Bedford. And as London provides 25% of our country’s GDP it is key to our economic recovery to keep London moving.”

Campaigning for local and Euro elections


Look East Filming

As Area Chairman of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Conservative Party, Kristy campaigns with the
Chairman of Cambridge City Conservative Association for the local and Euro elections.

BBC Look East attended to film the campaign and spoke to Kristy.

Kristy Adams meets David Cameron

Kristy Adams with David Cameron
Kristy Adams meets David Cameron in Milton Keynes as he tours the country supporting local businesses.

Kristy said “I am delighted with our Prime Minister who prioritises businesses of different sizes and champions them. As a business person it’s heartening to see the leader of the country taking such a keen interest in small, medium and large sized business.

Conservative policy aims to reduce the red tape that businesses endure, and free them to be more successful and employ more people. The Prime Minister is doing an excellent job in pushing this forward.”

Local Campaigning

Local Campaigning
Richard Fuller MP, Councillor Kristy Adams, and Councillor John Mingay joined forces with local and national campaigners to raise the profile of a necessary regional rail link.

Campaigners want to see a train line between Oxford and Cambridge, linking via Bedford. This would connect two of our most significant University centres, and put Bedford at the heart of economic development.

Beds and Cambs area AGM 2014

Beds and Cambs area AGM 2014

 

Beds and Cambs area AGM 2014

Top image: Kristy Adams was elected as Area Chairman for the Conservative Party in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire for 12 associations. She is seen here with area representatives.

 

Bottom image: Robert Sears, Regional Chairman for the Conservative Party in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, works in partnership with the new Area Chairman.

With Richard Fuller MP – East West Rail link plans


Campaign for East West Rail-link

Cllr Kristy Adams and Richard Fuller MP review plans for the East West Rail Link.

This line would connect Oxford to Bedford, and Bedford to Cambridge, creating development opportunities and new jobs for Bedford. This is a key opportunity for Bedford.

Cllr Kristy Adams is delighted that Campaign for Better Transport and Rail future East Anglia are keeping up momentum, following the announcement of the Oxford to Bedford section of the East West rail link, and promoting the Bedford to Cambridge stretch. Richard Fuller MP, Kristy and Cllr John Mingay joined forces with campaigners at Priory Country Park in Newnham Ward.

Bedfordshire Against Modern Slavery (Human Trafficking)

Modern slavery, also called Human Trafficking, is happening in the UK today, in the countryside and urban areas. It includes forced labour, domestic servitude and sexual exploitation.

In response to the shocking figures, Kristy Adams formed a called Bedfordshire Against Modern Slavery, which partners local charities, the Soroptomists, the Police, Councils and other front line workers.

They have trained over 220 frontline workers to identify victims and understand the National Referral Mechanism. This enables victims to access housing, food and clothing. Kristy continues to run a media campaign to raise awareness on this issue.

In April 2013, Kristy Adams organised a very successful seminar to start the campaign, bringing in many significant leaders from local community services. The video link below shows highlights from the day, including sessions by Andrew Selous MP, Charity – Hope for Justice and Bedfordshire Police.

 

Video: Bedfordshire Against Modern Slavery Seminar

Hospital Campaign

Hospital Campaign
All political parties in Bedford – Conservative, Liberal Democrats and Labour – worked efficiently together to save vital healthcare services at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, in conjunction with Richard Fuller MP.

Cllrs of all political Parties collected signatures for the petition to stop the closure of services at Bedford hospital.