It seems that Rosindell has a new hobby horse - and that is a ten minute rule bill to introduce signs bearing the names of “historic” towns rather than “dreadful” artificial administrative districts as he describes them.
Rosindell seems to be irked that Romford is signed as part of the London Borough of Havering ( a "typical 60s construct" he feels). "As I travel back after a busy week at Westminster to my home in Romford, within my home county of Essex, I enter the boundaries of Essex and Romford, but nowhere do I see a road sign alerting me to either place…..We must stop the erosion of local identities and restore the pride people naturally feel in belonging to a town, county or village……We must mandate local authorities to install signage indicating towns, and counties and villages, giving their names predominance over the administrative names…. Let's conserve our heritage so that future generations will know the distinct and real heritage of a Yorkshireman, a Middle Saxon, and a Lancastrian or, like me, a proud Essex lad."
Hmmm while there is no harm in having town signs, Rosindell seems to forget that Romford isn’t part of Essex and hasn’t been since 1965 (given also that he was born in 1966 that would make him a Londoner rather than a proud Essex lad!). There are quite a few like him that would rather us be back in Essex but (to me anyway) it is clear we have far more affinity with London than we do with Brentwood, Chelmsford, Southend or Basildon. I doubt going back to Essex would bring any benefit to Romford, Hornchurch or Upminster even if we had nice shiny new road signs.