The Conservatives gained a seat from Labour in Fife. But Labour held seats in Carlisle and Tameside.
Tim Warren: In Bath and North East Somerset, the Conservatives are delivering for the young and the old
Our achievements include providing more school places and greater choice and independence for the elderly.
Ofsted has judged us “outstanding.” Six years ago it found us “inadequate”. One big achievement is that we are now relying much less on agency staff.
Ian McCord: Bay of Pigs, Challenger Space Shuttle, Northants County Council – groupthink destroyed them all
Too often local government lacks proper scrutiny. There is a closed-mindedness that ignores warnings and fails to consider long-term consequences.
Shopping online will remain a popular choice. But reforming Business Rates is the best way of helping hostelries and independent retailers.
Digital is changing the way we live our lives. Councils can’t keep up unless the younger generation are part of the decision making process.
Hustings meetings being held across London for candidates shortlisted to be the Conservative candidate for Mayor
This evening Shaun Bailey, Andrew Boff and Joy Morrissey will be in Croydon. Voting starts on September 17th.
In recent contests the Conservatives lost seats to the Lib Dems in Knaresborough and East Hertfordshire, while Labour lost a seat to an independent in Neath Port Talbot.
John Bald: This year’s exam results are another milestone on the road to restoring rigour in education
At the local level, there is also good news in the successful reform of Great Yarmouth Charter Academy.
5,000 new homes are being provided alongside our waterways in the next five years. The proceeds are used to keep our canals, rivers, reservoirs, and docks in good repair.
It is quite possible to build attractive new homes – and to use some of the proceeds to enhance the environment.
That figure doesn’t include Transport for London’s land – which totals 5,700 acres, equivalent to the size of Camden.
That is bigger than the size of Surrey. The MOD also holds “rights” to another half a million acres.
Only a thousand acres are being released for housing, despite far more being surplus to requirements.
Judy Terry: Next year will see the creation of West Suffolk Council – offering a better deal for residents
It will be a strong voice for an area with a growing population. Providing new housing and infrastructure is essential for it to thrive.