The Conservatives held county council seats in Kent and Lancashire and district council seats in Thanet and Wyre,
There is enough land for over half a million homes on derelict sites – while the health service regularly complains of a shortage of funds.
Our local Labour councils already charge an arm and a leg, and I will never add to that burden. Sometimes the best powers are the ones you don’t use.
We are fighting against centralising power in Edinburgh. Glaswegians want more jobs and growth – and a cleaner, greener City.
This would surely encourage more participation amongst all age groups, by raising awareness of the benefits. The Commonwealth Games this year should spur us on.
Rather than making excuses, a united effort is needed to break up the gangs.
The Conservatives lost a seat to Labour in Hertsmere.
There is plenty of innovation taking place. There should not be an ideological veto preventing it from flourishing.
Unused land classified for industrial use could instead provide much needed new homes.
Urban form also matters if the housing supply is to be increased in a way that is popular. A good community relies on the way buildings connect to each other.
The difficulty is that social workers will be given a veto. Therefore very few children will be given this opportunity.
The Homelessness Reduction Act comes into force in April. But councils should use their public health budgets to provide specialist help to those who need it.
Will it be bad news for democracy in Tower Hamlets in 2018? The old tactics of toxic allegations in anonymous leaflets are being seen again.
This is the way to regenerate high streets and boost the supply of affordable housing. Yet planning policies are still too obstructive.
The EU’s petulant announcement that the UK is no longer eligible to compete for European Capital of Culture makes the national award all the more important.