The focus is on the choice of candidate. But the first consideration should be what the message should be and how it can be conveyed.
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The Conservatives held a seat in Leicestershire and another one in North Kesteven.
The Government should intervene against council’s that fail to meet statutory deadlines – especially on proposals of national importance.
Since 2010 there have been 90,730 sales through Right to Buy and councils have delivered 94 per cent of the replacements required to meet the one-for-one target.
The Conservatives lost a seat in South Northamptonshire to the Lib Dems and the Conservatives also lost a seat to an independent in Cherwell.
Far from being a loss to the community they are more often derelict buildings and surplus land which can be used for housing.
Labour held a seat in Doncaster. The Lib Dems won three seats in Southwark in a contest that was deferred from May.
The Church Commissioners owns 100,000 acres – and rather more than that is owned by the dioceses. Yet the number of extra homes being built on that land is derisory.
Norfolk County Council has shown how boarding school can transform the prospects for vulnerable children
Yet the efforts of other local authorities to provide such opportunities have been derisory. Ministers give speeches but the Government has failed to act.
There are strict rules to ensure good design – but much greater certainty for the developer that if they are followed, permission will be granted.
Some divisions on House of Lords amendments are expected to be closer than others. MPs will have further deliberations tomorrow…
The Conservatives held seats in Mid Devon and East Staffordshire – but lost a seat to the Lib Dems in South Oxfordshire.
He has been more robust than any if his predecessors in challenging NHS failings. Prime Ministers seem to have given up trying to sack him.
A powerful analysis by Andrew O’Hagan for the London Review of Books also contains serious criticisms of senior Ministers.
Yet another case that undermines public confidence in the Crown Prosecution Service and the police.