I was elected as a UKIP councillor in Portsmouth but as a small business owner the Conservatives are my natural home.
Councils could encourage more schools to specialise and give more children in care the chance to attend boarding schools.
The Conservatives lost a seat to the Green Party in Herefordshire but held seats in Stroud, Perth, Dover and Cotswold.
With 6,000 properties lying empty, the Secretary of State has intervened over the failure to produce a local plan.
Productivity varies sharply. In Lambeth a planning officer approves an average of 39 applications a year – in next door Merton its 189.
Give trainee teachers much more experience of working with individual children, so that they learn to focus on the person in front of them, and not on what someone else tells them to do.
Millions are spent on anti-smoking campaigners – while the most effective way to quit is being undermined.
Councils need to use their own land to boost development – without the Mayor of London being able to get in the way.
The Conservatives gained a seat from Labour in Waveney and held seats in Chiltern, Darlington, Fylde, South Holland and West Lindsey.
There has been come success with reducing the number of empty homes and converting offices for residential use.
What needs to be customised about email? Or file storage? Or even how council tax IT systems work? We can save money, improve security, and provide a better service.
Only six per cent of land is built on. Yet the planning system is still blocking perfectly reasonable development proposals.
There is a huge cost to the NHS and social care services when landlords fail to provide energy efficient homes.
James Fredrickson: Commitment to expanding the housing supply is welcome news – but the private sector must lead the way
Expanding the supply of available land means reviewing access to the green belt. It is contentious but nothing worth doing comes easy.
The Conservatives held seats in Wandsworh and High Peak. The Lib Dems gained a seat from UKIP in Fareham.