Thatcher’s death T-shirts withdrawn from sale at TUC conference

T-shirts celebrating the prospect of Baroness Thatcher’s death have been removed from a stall at the TUC’s annual conference after they were condemned by Brendan Barber and Ed Miliband.

The T-shirts, on sale at a stall run by a Derbyshire workers group with links to the TUC, cost £10 each and boasted that union members will want to “dance on her grave” when she dies.

However TUC general secretary Mr Barber said the items were “tasteless and totally inappropriate” and his officials asked for them to be withdrawn from sale.

Sources close to Labour leader Mr Miliband said he “deplored these sentiments”. An aide added: “No one should want to dance on anyone’s grave.”

The T-shirts were removed, but other conference shops sold out of party packs featuring balloons and indoor fireworks for use when the former Conservative Prime Minister dies.

Mugs and T-shirts proclaiming “I still hate Thatcher” we’re also being sold at the annual unions’ conference, in Brighton.

Colin Hampton, from the Derbyshire Unemployed Workers’ Centre, who was running the T-shirt stall, said he had sold the products to buyers in Singapore, Thailand, and Belgium in the last 24 hours.

“I am not wanting Thatcher to die,” he said. “But when she dies, there will be a reaction.”

Some will say she was “the greatest leader” Britain has ever had while others will think “the opposite”.

He added: “The TUC asked me to take the T-shirts down so I have said yes. I realise they are not to everyone’s taste. We have merely tried to use Thatcher’s entrepreneurial spirit to raise funding for unemployed workers who desperately need it.”

One of the garments has an image of Mrs Thatcher’s spitting image puppet, with the words “Hey ho the witch is dead” along side.

Attached to the plastic is a notice urging the buyer only to wear when Lady Thatcher has died. It says: “In the event of Thatcher’s death of Thatcher open bag and wear Tee shirt immediately.”

Another T-shirt features a white cross on a grave with “Thatcher” across it, and the words: “A generation of trade unionists will dance on her grave”.

The T-shirts built on the residual anger in the union movement over the way major British industries were allowed to decline in the 1980s, while unions saw their influence wane because of tough anti-strike laws.

Conservative MPs criticised the T-shirts as tasteless. Conor Burns, a Tory MP who regularly visits Lady Thatcher at her home in central London, said: “These sickening sentiments speak to something disordered in the human condition.

“It shows an ugly side to the hard left who cannot move on from their utter defeat at the hands of this remarkable, but now frail, lady. Not for the first time Lady T shows why she amounts to so much more than her opponents.”

The space for the stand was provided free of charge by the TUC. The Workers’ Centre was not affliated to the TUC, but was a “recognised” body with looser ties to the organisation.

Courtesy of The Telegraph

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We were right about flooding, says bridge campaign group

CAMPAIGNERS who warned the demolition of a low bridge would lead to flooding say they have been proved  right.

Derbyshire County Council decided to knock down the 19th century bridge on the A610 at Sawmills, near Ambergate, after it was repeatedly struck by lorries.

The bridge at Sawmills was demolished by Derbyshire County Council for safety reasons because lorries became stuck under it. Local campaigners said the bridge was an important piece of industrial heritage.

Residents who opposed the move said the concrete base of the bridge contained  drainage pipes  and that flooding would occur if the structure was removed.

The county council denied such a drainage system existed within the bridge and carried out the demolition last month.

But during Wednesday’s rain, water could be seen pouring down from the edge of  where the  4.19 metre-high bridge once stood.

Yesterday, a spokeswoman for the county council denied that the authority had been proved wrong on the matter.

The spokeswoman added that the authority was looking at ways to prevent the stretch of road flooding in the future.

Councillor Simon Spencer, the county council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for highways,  said at the time that the authority had tried to appreciate such concerns but said the demolition would go ahead for reasons of road safety because the bridge  had a long history of accidents.

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Derbyshire businessman backs former Barclays bank boss

A DERBYSHIRE businessman has slammed MPs for a “completely unacceptable” attack on the ex-boss of Barclays bank Bob Diamond.

Derby-born Sir Nigel Rudd, former Barclays deputy chairman told The Sunday Times that the Treasury Select Committee failed to provide sufficient evidence to back up its claims that Mr Diamond misled Parliament in hearings over the bank’s rate-rigging scandal.

This proves the old saying of “Once a banker, always a banker”. Quite frankly Bob Diamond should be locked up.

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Sign up for challenge

DJS-Events are inviting cyclists from the Dales to get pedalling and enter the Peak District Challenge Bike Ride.

In its debut year, the ride has an eight, 16 or 30-mile circular route, starting at Carsington Water, on Saturday, October 6.

The 30-mile on-road challenge route begins at 9.30am from Carsington Water Visitor Centre, where riders will be climbing and descending some of the steepest hills in the Peak District National Park.

The eight and 16-mile (2 laps) traffic-free routes around Carsington Water are suitable for families and novice cyclists and starts at 10.30am.

For further information and to enter, visit http://www.peakdistrictchallengebikeride.weebly.com or email DJS-Events@hotmail.co.uk or call 07976 803624.

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Fun day to raise awareness of nature reserves

FAMILY fun is on the menu during a nature reserve open day.

Part of the ‘Stepping Stones to Nature’ project, the event aims to raise awareness of Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall Pool and advertise volunteer opportunities at the sites.

The project – run by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, The Peak District National Park and the RSPB – is aimed at increasing opportunities for people of all backgrounds to access the countryside.

Arts and crafts, children’s games and activities, a treasure hunt, face painting, green woodworking, willow weaving, bug hunting and guided walks will be on offer at the free fun day, on land near Cecilly Brook, Cheadle,  on September 9 from 11am to 4pm.

For more details, call 01538 395577.

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Peak District Environmental Quality Mark

Local businesses which show the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark (EQM) have received a boost with VisitEngland, the country’s national tourist board, reaffirming its support for the scheme.

In doing so, VisitEngland has made the EQM one of only four sustainable tourism schemes in the country to be recognised for its contribution to the environment and local economy.

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Off-roaders bank holiday protest

OFF-ROAD motorcyclists from around the county are set to descend on the Peak District this bank holiday to protest against proposals to ban them from green lanes.

The riders intend to head to the trails they would normally ride on Bank Holiday Sunday, but instead of riding, they will park – blocking the routes to other users.

The reason the bikers are taking action is that they fear the proposals – from Friends of the Peak District and other groups – are ‘just the start’ of a wider campaign to ban them from the park all together.

At least it will be raining – no change there then.

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Cornwall wins Countryfile award

Cornwall has been named ‘favourite British holiday location’ by the readers of Countryfile Magazine.

The Duchy was voted ahead of the Peak District and Lake District in the 2012 Countryfile Magazine Awards, while the Cornish Pasty came second in the ‘favourite regional dish’ category – behind the Devon cream tea.

What about the Bakewell Tarts?

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Lights…Camera…Action!

JOURNALISTS serving markets across the globe – including Germany, China, Japan, Canada and the USA – have been busy discovering why the Peak District is such a superstar in the high-profile world of film and television.

Read more: http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/local/peak-district-s-proud-movie-legacy-1-4856061

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Top Trail Earner

FIGURES suggest the Tissington Trail brings more customers to its local economy than any other trail in the Peak District.

Ahead of the formulation of a five year plan for all its trails the Peak District National Park Authority has surveyed trail users and asked what they have spent in the local area during their visit.

Out of six trails studied, including the High Peak Trail and the Monsal Trail, Ashbourne’s Tissington Trail — which starts in Mappleton Lane — was found to provide the biggest boost to surrounding businesses.

The former railway, which is managed by the National Park Authority and runs 13 miles north towards Buxton, sees the highest proportion of users spending in excess of £25 — which bosses say suggests the bridleway has a positive economic impact for businesses in Ashbourne and the surrounding area.

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