Wellingborough Conservatives (Office)

  • A letter to Constituents from MP Peter Bone

    Date: February 3rd 2022

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me with your very important concerns regarding the allegations of parties held at Downing Street and the Cabinet Office during the lockdown.

    One of my key roles as your representative in Parliament is to listen to my constituents and campaign on your behalf – in fact, this is the whole philosophy behind my “Listening to Wellingborough and Rushden” campaign. Thank you for contacting me on this matter.

    Many people shared with me their own deeply personal experiences from the last two years, and I am thankful to everyone who took the time to express their views. Whether you wrote to me to express your support for the Prime Minister or to criticise, I thought you would like to have my understanding of the current situation.

    This letter is being written following the initial report from Sue Gray. Unfortunately, it is not the full report, and we will have to wait until that is published before passing final judgement.

    As you may be aware, in addition to reading correspondence sent to me, I and the “Listening” team have been out and about in North Northamptonshire. Speaking to people on the doorstep, gauging their views and listening to the issues that concern them the most. This is all part of my “Listening” campaign which I have been proud to lead since becoming your Member of Parliament. In fact, this week I was on the doorstep for three hours on Saturday morning and for three hours at Sunday lunchtime and three hours on Monday evening.

    Whilst I certainly recognise how deeply the anger and hurt caused by these revelations is felt, it has been my experience that when I speak to local people, their main concerns are not surrounding the alleged parties. On the doorstep, the issues I hear about most are small boat crossings, the cost of living and the availability of good quality of healthcare. In addition, people have expressed support for my Private Members’ Bill which will abolish the BBC Licence Fee.

    For those who feel very strongly about the conduct in Whitehall during lockdown I know this will be difficult to comprehend, but I can only relay my experience on the doorstep. Given the views I hear most commonly, I believe that, at this moment in time, the vast majority of my constituents want the Prime Minister to be given the opportunity to prove he can deliver on the Conservative priorities he campaigned for in 2019.

    Sue Gray’s update on her report concluded that there were “failures in leadership and judgement” and it is difficult to disagree with this conclusion. However, the update to the report also acknowledges that “In terms of size, scale and range of responsibility [No.10 Downing Street] is now more akin to a small Government Department than purely a dedicated Prime Minister’s office”. In fact, behind the door of No.10 Downing Street, there is a three-storey office block of significant size. These incidents have highlighted how the leadership structure of the Downing Street offices has failed to sufficiently evolve to its modern function. There has been a “blurring of lines of accountability” and I am glad that the Prime Minister has taken immediate action in establishing the Office of the Prime Minister to rectify this.

    I know first-hand how seriously the Prime Minister takes this matter and how deeply sorry he is for the hurt caused. I am also concerned at how these events were allowed to happen and I look forward to the publication of Sue Gray’s full report so that a complete judgement can be made.

    I am also mindful that Boris Johnson has achieved a lot in his short term as Prime Minister. He got Brexit done when people said it was impossible. He ensured this country developed the first viable vaccine in the world, of which 2.7 billion doses have been administered in this country and across the world saving millions of lives. He had the foresight to purchase 60 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which has allowed us to have the most successful COVID booster programme in Europe. His resolute leadership has allowed us to be the freest country in the western world and we have the fastest growing economy in the G7.

    For now, the Prime Minister continues to enjoy my full support.

    Yours sincerely,

    Peter Bone



  • published General Payment in Membership 2021-08-24 23:50:08 +0100

  • published Steven North 2021-04-28 10:48:34 +0100

    Steven North

    I have lived in Rushden for many years and I am a landscape gardener by profession. In addition, I work part-time for Peter Bone MP as a constituency assistant. Having been the Leader of East Northamptonshire Council for over ten years, I have an intimate knowledge of the problems and challenges our area faces. I ran a high-performing council - one of the best in the country, which always kept council tax low. Rushden Lakes is one of my proudest achievements. Being a founder member of the 'Listening Campaign', I am determined to listen to residents, campaign on their issues, and deliver results.

  • published Andy Mercer 2021-04-28 10:47:19 +0100

    Andy Mercer

    I have lived in Rushden for over 40 years. I have 4 grown-up children and run my own software company. I have served on both East Northants Council and the County Council for many years, and I led East Northants Council from 2005 until 2010. I was a key figure in the Rushden Lakes battle, writing nearly 100 letters and reports in support of the scheme. I am now campaigning for the new road into the Lakes. If elected, I will campaign to keep free car parking in Rushden and to continue the regeneration of the town. I have a track record of listening to residents and delivering on their priorities.

  • published Gill Mercer 2021-04-28 10:45:53 +0100

    Gill Mercer

    I have lived in Rushden for over 40 years and been on Rushden Town Council since its creation. I have helped run Party in the Park and as Rushden's Mayor initiated Proms in the Park. I was also on East Northants Council and Northamptonshire County Council and have served as Chairman of the Police, Fire & Crime Panel. I was heavily involved in the campaign for Rushden Lakes and instrumental in getting the Irthlingborough Road bridge rebuilt. If elected, I will campaign to make sure that Rushden Lakes continues to bring prosperity and jobs to Rushden and that we keep free car parking locally, as well as keep council tax low.

  • published Harriet Pentland 2021-04-28 10:43:52 +0100

    Harriet Pentland

    As a born and bred resident, I’ve had the privilege of being a District Councillor for Higham Ferrers and the surrounding villages for a number of years - always standing up for the town and villages I’m proud to call home. Using my experience, I’ve successfully campaigned for highway improvements, such as

    road resurfacing, and am very active on planning matters. If you elect me, I will continue to fight for high-quality services at the best value. I am dedicated to our community and it would be an honor to continue working hard for you on the new council as a strong local voice.

  • published Jennie Bone 2021-04-28 10:42:39 +0100

    Jennie Bone

    I have lived and worked locally for over 20 years. Since 2005, I have been the Office Manager for our local MP, Peter Bone. This work requires me to deal with hundreds of constituents' enquiries

    each week, many of those from the Higham Ferrers area. In 2015, I was elected as a local councillor. As part of the Listening Campaign, I listen to local residents, campaign on the issues they care about and deliver for them. A good example of this is the Chowns Mill Roundabout which is currently being significantly upgraded. I am against unwanted overdevelopment, support free car parking and keeping our council tax levels low.

  • Tom Partridge-Underwood

    I was born in Bozeat, educated locally and retired in 2018. I am married to Sue and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. I served on Bozeat Parish Council for 28 years, including as Chairman and on the Borough Council since 1983. I served as Deputy Leader for 20 years, was Mayor twice and was awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Wellingborough in 2019. I am a committed Christian involved in the local church, was Chairman of The Castle from planning stage to 2012 and was a director of Oakfield care home.

  • published Jon-Paul Carr 2021-04-28 10:37:53 +0100

    Jon-Paul Carr

    My family goes back over 400 years in the local area, with my grandparents, Jack and Ivy Carr running a bakery in Irchester for many years. Living locally all my life, and in Irchester for 14 years, I have served on the Parish Council since 2015 and the Borough Council since 2011. I have a deep passion for history and the preservation of the past for all to enjoy. As a result, I undertake voluntary work for heritage organizations and realize the great opportunities and skills that can be acquired through volunteering. I am passionate about making our community a better place to live and will continue to work hard for you if elected.

  • published Clive Hallam 2021-04-28 10:36:12 +0100

    Clive Hallam

    I am married with three grown-up children and have always been based within North Northamptonshire. I have served as a councilor in Isham since 2011 and on the Borough Council for our area since 2015. I am also a director of the River Nene Regional Park. As a councilor, I’ve served on most committees at some point and as Deputy Chairman of Services. I’ve held the position of Lead Councillor for Tourism and Development of the Nene Valley and completed a Local Government Academy training course. I’ve enjoyed looking after our villages and hope to be able to continue.

  • published Scott Brown 2021-04-28 10:32:26 +0100

    Scott Brown

    I have lived in Earls Barton for 14 years, having been brought to the village by my wife, Toni, to bring up our family. We have three children together. I work as the Senior Quality Engineer for a global leader in rugged embedded systems, taking complex issues and providing tools to enable continuous improvement throughout the business. I would like to bring this experience of continuous improvement into the new unitary council. I am active in the community and was recently recognized as a ‘Community Champion’ by Northamptonshire ACRE for my involvement in the Earls Barton Coronavirus Response Group.

  • published Philip Irwin 2021-04-28 10:30:15 +0100

    Philip Irwin

    I am a local resident and a primary school teacher, and I am keen for the new North Northamptonshire Council to promote measures that will improve the standards of education that we offer our young people, as well as their employment opportunities. As a long-term user of our local Waendel Leisure Centre, I am passionate about broadening the opportunities for activity and well-being, in order to promote mental and physical health for residents of all generations. It would be an honour to represent you on our new council and I will always work hard to listen and campaign on the issues that matter to you, including protecting free car parking and improving our town.

  • published Tim Allebone 2021-04-28 10:28:41 +0100

    Tim Allebone

    I am a farmer, married to Barbara, living and working in Easton Maudit where I have served as a Parish Councillor for 40 years. First elected to the Borough Council in 2003, I have experience of its many and diverse committees, and was honoured to serve as Mayor in 2006. I am committed to working for all Croyland and Swanspool residents, in cutting crime, litter and anti-social behaviour as well as supporting the arts and culture in our town, enabling all residents a safe and pleasant environment in which to live and work. I will always listen and be available to all.

  • published Andrew Weatherill 2021-04-28 10:26:32 +0100

    Andrew Weatherill

    I live in Finedon and previously lived and went to school in Wellingborough. I am a Chartered Accountant and work part-time locally as Finance Director of a Chartered Membership Body, representing members in logistics and supply chain; a key local employment sector. I'm interested in social housing and education, sitting on a Board and Audit Committee of 2 social housing providers with ~50,000 homes and on the Board of a local 31 'school' multi-academy trust. I'm involved with local organizations, including the Treasurer of the Parish Church, President of the local rugby club, and occasional performer at Finedon Panto.

  • published Malcolm Ward 2021-04-28 10:24:28 +0100

    Malcolm Ward

    Finedon born and bred, I was educated locally before gaining an honors degree in economics at Leeds University. I have been privileged to represent the ward on Wellingborough Borough Council since 2003, serving on all major committees including Resources and Planning, and was elected Mayor in 2018. Retired from the pensions industry, and with no dependents, I have the time and energy to devote to helping constituents with any problems, whilst also ensuring that the new council provides the best services for all its residents in the future. I do hope my experience warrants your support at this election.

  • published Jonathan Ekins 2021-04-28 10:21:41 +0100


    Having spent my entire life living and working in Wellingborough, I have a really good feel for the issues and concerns local people have. I have two adult children and am an electrician by trade. Recently, I branched out and opened a new coffee shop in Wellingborough town center to help support our local economy. I've served as a borough and county councilor, always fiercely standing up for my residents. I am passionate about improving children's services and housing. I strongly support free car parking; one of the reasons I opposed the sale of the Jackson Lane car park. I'd be honored to represent Finedon & Wellingborough East

  • published Barbara Jenney 2021-04-26 09:41:13 +0100

    Barbara Jenney

    BARBARA JENNEY was elected to Rushden Town Council in 2003 and to East Northants Council in 2007. She was particularly privileged to serve as Town Mayor of Rushden in 2008/09 and again in 2017/18.

    Barbara has represented Hayden Ward since her election in 2003 but is now looking to represent the Pemberton Division on the new Unitary Shadow Council.  At East Northants Council, Barbara has been Chairman of the Licensing Committee for the past two years and has served on various other committees, including Planning Management and the Transformation Committee formed to aid the move to Unitary status.  Barbara served on the Waste Project Board which oversaw the procurement of a new waste contract for the District in 2018 and has continued on the Waste Liaison Board.  Barbara has supported local good causes with funding provided through the Members’ Empowerment Scheme. 

    Outside of her Council work, Barbara is an active member of The Rotary Club of Rushden and has chaired the Youth Services committee for the past two years.  She recently organised a Crime & Safety Awareness Day for Yr 9 students at Rushden Academy.  Barbara has been actively involved with Rushden Town Partnership since its inception working to promote the future vitality of the town.  She is also a Trustee of the Rushden Parochial Church Charities which supports people in need. 

    If elected, Barbara pledges to continue to support the local community and work hard to ensure an effective transition into a North Northamptonshire Unitary Council that provides the best possible outcome for local residents.

  • published Matt Binley 2021-04-26 09:36:34 +0100

    Matt Binley

    I have lived in Northamptonshire for nearly all my life, I feel very passionate about giving something back to the community and making a difference. I was a Special Constable and then a Police Officer in Northants for over 7 years, I was very honoured to serve the people of Northamptonshire. After that, I spent a short time working in the ambulance service before going back into the private sector.  

    I currently work for a company which employs many people within the local area. I would very much like the opportunity to represent the local people on both the new Northamptonshire North Unitary Council and Wellingborough Town Council, to help shape and form the new councils by ensuring the people of Wellingborough are given value for money and the services they rightfully deserve, also bringing my business experience to help regenerate Wellingborough town centre. I would like to be able to make a positive difference within the local area in which I live and work. I hope you will give me the honour of serving the people again. 

  • published lora Lawman 2021-04-25 12:03:12 +0100

    lora Lawman

    Lora is a very committed Community Champion with great experience, having served on the Borough Council since May 2003.

    Until the closure of the Council, she was Chairman of the Standards Committee, member of the Resources and Audit Committees and elected as first Chairman of the Wellingborough Town Shadow Council last year.

    Lora is very proud to have served as Mayor, which presented a fantastic opportunity to engage with all areas of the Borough.

    She is passionate about representing constituents against inappropriate development and fully supports the investment in the Isham Bypass and wholeheartedly supports the exciting Grange Sports Development for Earls Barton.

    She has enabled a resident and developer liaison group nearby, to ensure that residents views are heard and taken into consideration, thus protecting the villages and general areas.

    Lora has pledged to speak up for and support all members of the community if elected to the New Unitary Authority; fully scrutinising decisions.

    Impending retirement from a major engineering company gives her an excellent opportunity to represent residents full time at the Unitary Authority.

    Lora is married to Graham, a former Borough Councillor, County Councillor and Mayor. They live in the Gleneagles area on the edge of the town and have two children.

  • published Michael_tye 2021-04-25 12:00:14 +0100


    Michael became actively involved in politics in May 1997 when he was elected to Northamptonshire County Council and now represents Rushden Pemberton West Division. He decided that being a Councillor would give him the opportunity to represent the views of local communities and try to improve the quality of life and services for its residents.

    He has remained a councillor since he was originally elected and has been proud and honoured to have represented Rushden residents and grateful for the support they have given him during that time. Michael has served on a number of different committees and has been a member of the Police Authority and Chief Whip for the Conservative Group. He has always made himself available and happy to deal with any issues that residents may have with their local councils. He has a keen interest in Planning matters, Highways improvements, Social Care and of course councils Finances which he is pleased to say is now moving, rapidly, in the right direction.

    Michael’s main areas of interest as a councillor are to serve the interests of the residents of Rushden to the best of his ability and believes that as we move into the next phase of becoming a Unitary council, by combining the County Council with four district and borough councils, residents will benefit from having a more simplified, efficient and productive organisation, making Rushden a safer and more attractive place in which to live and work.

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