Will Watch

And so replacing Sir Bob Watch at The Chronic is Will Watch.


Making your first contribution to PMQ’s is probably not the easiest thing to do.

But our [?] man at Westminster appeared to pull it off with some ease in the House yesterday.

27’25” for the Sunny Colch action:

Yeah, yeah – it was *possibly* something of a pre-arranged question, and yeah – the PM most certainly was reading from a pre-arranged script.

But well done Mr Will for pitching for Colchester at PMQ’s.

No sign of a BONKERS yellow waistcoat, either.

For the record, Will Quince MP asked the PM:

“Colchester is not only the oldest recorded town in Britain, but the fastest growing. Our claimant count is down 57% since 2010, but we want to go further. Does my right hon. Friend agree that only with much-needed investment in our local road and rail infrastructure can we attract businesses, create jobs and get Colchester moving?”

Will has taken an active interest in transport issues. It was part of his election campaign when he twice brought Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to Sunny Colch.

Our MP has since managed to blag himself a position on the Transport Select Committee.

Commuting back and forth each day between North Station and Liverpool Street tends to ‘focus’ the need to improve transport links coming out of our town…

We rather like the slogan of ‘Get Colchester Moving’ – although ‘Keep Colchester Moving’ might have had more momentum.

As for the response?

“Let me welcome my hon. Friend to the House. I remember campaigning with him in Colchester and how much he talked about the importance of these infrastructure schemes. That is why we have asked Network Rail to look at the options for the Anglia franchise, because we want to deliver reduced journey times on the great eastern main line. We have approved a series of major upgrades to the A12 that are absolutely vital. Now that he is speaking up for Colchester, I am sure we will be able to do even more.”

Dave delivered well with his script. Putting pressure on Greater Anglia has to be a good thing. Re-nationalising the franchise would be even better.

Plus it was decent to hear the PM mentioning how he remembers campaigning around our town.

And so a decent start from the Man from Colchester.

Action, words etc.