It also allows teenagers to develop a sense of adventure and independence – making them more employable and better citizens.
We will not win with a celebrity or career politician. That is why I am putting myself forward.
The Conservatives held seats in Mid Devon and East Staffordshire – but lost a seat to the Lib Dems in South Oxfordshire.
With the surge in the delivery economy this rule would boost growth. It would also help the emergency services – and those canvassing during election campaigns.
Shropshire and Bournemouth are among those councils holding memorial events in response to a plea from Lord Bourne.
John Myers: Let residents in each street vote to allow existing houses to be extended upwards or outwards
Half London’s homes are in buildings of just one or two floors. We could allow terraced houses to be split into maisonettes.
There is also a lesson for councillors – to challenge their officials in making lazy choices when bids are put in for contracts.
Shaun Bailey: We are the party of social mobility – but we must increase our focus on disadvantaged communities
They feel left behind and untouched by the economic progress that has been made. Getting people into work must be at the top of our priority list.
A powerful analysis by Andrew O’Hagan for the London Review of Books also contains serious criticisms of senior Ministers.
The local election campaign was started with an eight page magazine highlighting our achievements on local issues. This was delivered prior to election expenses kicking in.
Instinctively, voters in Leigh will not vote for a candidate that is either from out of town or has a lack of working class attitudes. Sitting in an office does not win any votes here.
Do X per cent of voters really switch once they’ve read Y leaflets, resulting in Z per cent more wins in key marginals?
We fought on local issues highlighting the improvements we are delivering. Labour complained about “austerity” – but failed to offer a coherent alternative.
The Conservatives held a seat in Horsham and gained a seat from the Lib Dems in Bristol – but lost one to them in Broadland and another one to an independent in North Kesteven.
We never forget we are spending our residents’ money. We have delivered new homes and we have kept our borough clean and green.