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Tuesday 27 July 2021 Latest News

North Wiltshire MP, James Gray, has congratulated Sammy's Kebabs Calne on being shortlisted for the prestigious British Kebab Awards.

Sammy's Kebabs Calne, in Sainsbury’s car park, has been shortlisted for the British Kebab Awards for Best Kebab Van. The van was announced as a finalist this week and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in London later this year.

Mr Gray has welcomed the news as showcasing local success in the kebab industry

“I am delighted that Sammy’s Kebabs has received such recognition by being shortlisted in the British Kebab Awards. There is some stiff competition in this category, and I am extremely proud that a local Wiltshire van has been chosen as a finalist. I wish Sammy all the very best of luck when the winners are announced later this year.”

Thursday 22 July 2021 Weekly Column

The fact that my In-tray is evenly split between correspondents outraged by the slightest infringements of our freedoms to restrain the spread of Covid, and those who are outraged by the increasing freedoms we are now enjoying as being irresponsible and spreading disease, misery and death, probably means that the Government are getting it just about right.

The infection rate is deeply alarming, so I will be avoiding nightclubs (what a fearful deprivation of liberty), wearing a mask

Thursday 15 July 2021 Weekly Column

If you love freedom, you also have to accept the responsibilities which come with it, and its corollary - risk. So after 18 months of accepting rules and regulations which no normal liberal democracy would even think of accepting - lockdown, work from home, wear masks, no socialising and so on - surely now is the right time to embrace the freedom which will be ours from next Monday. We also have to accept the personal responsibility to act sensibly thereafter.

That also implies

Friday 9 July 2021 Latest News

I was an eleven year old boy wandering around the gardens of Schloss Mainau in Germany’s Lake Constanz at the moment of England’s triumphant 4-2 win over Germany on 30 July,1966. Being surrounded by rather glum Germans made my family a little nervous about too much cheering! My excellent Private Secretary, Jenny Fleischer was at Wembley last week to see her team once again being defeated by England, so she can sympathise with my predicament, almost embarrassment, of 55 years ago. Whatever

Friday 2 July 2021 Weekly Column

Yesterday’s Batley and Spen by-election near miss may well be further evidence of a fundamental shift in the tectonic plates of British political history.

Blair’s glory days of 1997 (418 Labour MPs by comparison to today’s 202) must seem a distant memory to Sir Keir Starmer, nursing his wounds and preparing to see off a leadership challenge from hard lefty, Angela Rayner. Labour’s hegemony in Scotland is all but destroyed (41 seats reduced to just one, and a wipe out in local


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