Senior Tory listens to views from Bradford

Bob Neill chatting to Fazal Hussain with Mussadhik Hussain and Peter Cilenti (right)

Bob Neill chatting to Fazal Hussain with Mussadhik Hussain and Peter Cilenti (right)

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , City Hall Reporter

Business leaders in Bradford got a direct chance to influence Government policy when a senior Conservative figure visited the city.

Bob Neill, vice chairman of the Conservative Party, met members of the city’s Asian Business Forum to speak to them about what the party’s priorities should be.

He promised to feed back their views directly to Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mr Neill also visited City Hall, where he spoke to about 30 Conservative councillors from across the north of England in the Council Chamber.

He said: “It’s part of a number of visits I do around the country, essentially to meet local councillors. But also it’s an opportunity to meet local business people and to meet representatives of business communities.

“It’s a listening exercise. I want to know what people want our priorities to be, going forward.

“We have a policy board we are setting up, so it’s very useful at this stage to have input from people at the grassroots.”

Bradford Council Conservative Group leader Councillor Glen Miller, who was at the City Hall meeting, said councillors had raised concerns about communication within the party.

Coun Miller said that when senior Government ministers from the party visited an area, sometimes local Conservative councillors were not told.

And he said when the Government gave grants to local authorities not in Tory control, again the news sometimes was not reaching them.

He said: “We asked whether they could inform local parties about it, rather than it just being officers that we inform all the time.

“He said yes, we should let local leaders know.”

Mr Neill met representatives of Bradford’s 600-strong Asian Business Forum at Whetley Mills in Thornton Road.

One of the members, property businessman Mussadhik Hussain, said he would raise a number of issues, including the banks’ reluctance to lend to businesses and the high price of car insurance in the city.

He said: “At the end of the day, I will request him to appoint a minister for Bradford. That would be the best way to sort out some of these problems.”

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8:46am Sat 8 Mar 14

Grumpygirl says...

'Cllr. Miller … said councillors had raised concerns about communication within the party'

Has he only just woken up. Tory high command listens to nobody except the very rich and donation bearing lobbyists. The fact that lowly Councillors, especially ones from Bradford, are completely ignored shouldn't come as a surprise.
'Cllr. Miller … said councillors had raised concerns about communication within the party' Has he only just woken up. Tory high command listens to nobody except the very rich and donation bearing lobbyists. The fact that lowly Councillors, especially ones from Bradford, are completely ignored shouldn't come as a surprise. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 9

4:12pm Sat 8 Mar 14

john/garage says...

look at what Bradford councillors have done over the years they deserve to be ignored.
look at what Bradford councillors have done over the years they deserve to be ignored. john/garage
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7:38pm Sat 8 Mar 14

sorrow&anger says...

Tory tokenism. If this toff really wanted to help he would reverse the government budget cuts to local authorities and find some extra money to help Bradford regenerate. Somehow I don't think he'll do neither. Perhaps Coun. Miller would like to explain why.
Tory tokenism. If this toff really wanted to help he would reverse the government budget cuts to local authorities and find some extra money to help Bradford regenerate. Somehow I don't think he'll do neither. Perhaps Coun. Miller would like to explain why. sorrow&anger
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3:38am Mon 10 Mar 14

RollandSmoke says...

Does anyone else think they look like Gangsters?
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Does anyone else think they look like Gangsters? https://pbs.twimg.co m/media/BiT1m7OCEAAW Cxn.jpg RollandSmoke
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12:05am Tue 18 Mar 14

Dr Martin says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
Does anyone else think they look like Gangsters?
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m/media/BiT1m7OCEAAW

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err no
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: Does anyone else think they look like Gangsters? https://pbs.twimg.co m/media/BiT1m7OCEAAW Cxn.jpg[/p][/quote]err no Dr Martin
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