Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A bit of grit sticking

I know that we're over it all now and back to positive temperatures, but what happened in our cold spell - directly as a result of Labour incompetence, really was shameful. It was clear after the cold snap in February 2009 that the country was almost wholly dependent on just two salt suppliers and that when salt imports dry up when harsh weather conditions hit Europe, the two domestic producers just cannot pull salt out of the ground quickly enough to meet demand, even with 24/7 working.

The direct result of Labour's failure to broaden the range of salt suppliers on which the nation depends led to stocks of salt continuing to dwindle and local authorities asking to make bigger and bigger cuts to the amount of salt they use.

As a result, many people were unable to set out on the street or roads and were effectively housebound for days. This is just not acceptable and is yet another example of Labour's failure to learn a lesson and their gross incompetence.

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