The Conservatives held a seat in Kent. Labour held seats in Bassetlaw and Stroud. The Lib Dems held a seat in Oxfordshire.
My experience in Ely has shown me that it can be done – with tenacity, optimism and the broadest possible local backing.
Barry Wood: In Britain, the numbers opting to build a home is way behind other countries. But not in Cherwell.
Over ten years we are providing 1,900 new homes for Oxfordshire. They will be a wide range of properties. That is because we believe in choice.
Sally-Ann Hart: Becoming a magistrate is a fulfilling way to serve the community – but the number resigning is worrying
Mean gestures like cutting the coffee and biscuits in the retiring room make these committed volunteers feel unappreciated.
In February there was an extra £5 million for training new police officers, yet the recruitment drive didn’t start for a whole six months. There is no sense of urgency.
Phil Taylor: Fire deaths dropped 28 per cent last year – but don’t expect to hear that number being reported
The Grenfell Tower tragedy was a shocking exception to a trend of improvement in safety. Fire deaths are down below 250 a year, the second lowest on record.
The Conservatives held a seat in Torridge. Labour held a seat in Ealing and two seats in Harlow.
It should be easier to call local referendums in the UK. Politics is too important to be left to the politicians.
Clumsy bans are not the answer – but local rules do need to be adapted to cope with Uber, Deliveroo and Airbnb.
Here is one firm’s account of how unnecessary costs and delay in the planning system holds them back. Timescales promised by councils are not honoured.
There is no evidence of funding cuts reducing school standards. But Ofsted does need enough staff to thoroughly assess the performance of classroom teachers.
Roger Scruton is advising the Government on ensuring new buildings are beautiful. But defeating the architectural establishment will not be easy.
The Conservatives lost a seat to Labour in Kirklees. Labour held a seat in Newham. The Lib Dems held a seat in South Gloucestershire.
Rather than being encouraged to maintain village halls and public lavatories, too often community efforts have been penalised by the tax system.
His recommendations look likely to be accepted. Greater diversity of type and design is to be encouraged – rather than the imposition of uniformity.