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.
The key issue was planning, and our fate was sealed before the first leaflet was delivered. Developers would steamroller the council to get unwanted schemes approved.
This wasteful bureaucratic behemoth is delaying the new stations we need. Conservatives should champion a radical approach with more competition.
A recent Conservative conference for the area found eagerness to discuss radical policies and to embrace innovative campaigning techniques. An encouraging sign for the local elections.
When people cannot afford to live in the place where they work they spend more and more of their own time and money commuting on congested trains and roads. We need to broaden the Community Land Trust model to include market housing.
The cumbersome rules used by Network Rail cause years of unnecessary delay.
Capping the value of land adjacent to a new motorway, and recouping a charge from those who develop it, would help fund essential new roads.
The Party has collectively failed to modernise its campaigning, with the result that we saw on June 8. This needs radical reform if it is not to collapse completely.
Last time UKIP denied the Conservatives outright victories in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, East Sussex. Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.
We want development – but we do not want our village wrecked.
They take place three months from tomorrow – as will Birmingham’s mayoral election and that Surrey council tax referendum.
I have met with colleagues from neighbouring forces to discuss collaborative working.
The Conservatives had to win over opposition members to get the measure adopted.
Help is needed for those without priority for the council housing waiting list but who can’t afford to rent or buy.
Spending on libraries has fallen by £2 million but the number of visits is up.