Metro Mayors can play a crucial role – but a Government cave-in on leaving the customs union risks missing the potential of the global economy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.