Despite his best efforts progress has been derisory. It must be given priority if the housing crisis is to be eased.
Little was achieved beyond inter-authority squabbling over priorities and endless consultants’ reports. The Local Enterprise Partnerships are much better.
The number of UKIP councillors there has fallen from 22 to just eight.
Many Labour councillors are still backing the Maduro dictatorship. This is something we need to challenge.
Developers and planners will also have to accept difficult changes if the aspirations of the young are to be fulfilled.
The Conservatives lost a seat to the Lib Dems in Three Rivers and a seat to an independent in Ashfield.
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Ruth Davidson’s call for a London Manifesto misses the point that the boroughs have different needs.
“Alternative Provision” for disruptive children is still not good enough – as Justine Greening has recognised.
We need liberal – not closed – local communities where empowered, innovative and tolerant individuals can bring positive change.
Space requirements prevent single young people getting on the housing ladder and make overcrowding worse.
We need a Council Tax cut for the young, financed by forced sales of municipal land to boost the number of new homes.
The Conservatives lost a seat to Labour in Hertsmere and Labour gained a seat from UKIP in Adur.
The Government could make it much easier for older people to downsize by providing a Stamp Duty exemption.
The huge variation in costs does suggest that some councils, including mine, are likely to be paying over the odds.
A hopelessly centralised system is now holding back the delivery of care that is tailored to individual needs.