That this House is appalled by the crass insensitivity of Conservative controlled Rogerstone Community Council’s threat to ‘clear’ the allotment of war heroine Mrs. Edith Avery because she is cultivating too many flowers, notes that Mrs. Avery is in her 90th year and has, for 30 years, tended the allotment which is situated a few feet from the back door of her cottage; congratulates Mrs. Avery on the exemplary appearance on her allotment and understands her difficulty in growing vegetables at her advanced age, condemns the council’s failure to answer letters from Mrs. Avery’s relative and her local MP that urged the exercise of a little humanity and common sense; calls on the Conservative Party to condemn the petty heartless jobsworth stupidity of the Conservative Council and their leader who answered Mrs. Avery complaint of their ‘dictatorial’ attitude with the comment ‘Rules are Rules’ .
Charge of Helmand Brigade
David Miliband: My hon. Friend is right to pay tribute to the bravery, intelligence and skill of our servicemen and women in Helmand. They have made a huge difference in that province, which was previously ungoverned space. As I said earlier, there is still a long way to go, but the help that people are getting, the security forces that have been established, and the role that Governor Mangal has played in political leadership for that province would not exist without the efforts of our troops and their supporters. The further intensive activity as a result of American efforts in neighbouring provinces means that the next few months will be important in Helmand, as well as in the rest of Afghanistan. Voter registration has happened for 85 per cent. of the population of Helmand, which would have been impossible before 2006.