Making full use of the volunteers will mean lifting some of the red tape around vetting and so forth. It is a matter of balancing the risks involved in a practical way.
Posts Tagged: Local democracy
When our elections finally come next year, we will be campaigning hard to win back an overall majority.
Labour and Lib Dem councillors offer a seemingly endless stream of virtue signalling motions. We want practical results.
Samuel Williams: Bristolians are being poorly served by their current Mayor – the most deprived are hit the hardest
I commit to ensuring that education standards improve, and to back a freeport and eco-innovation enterprise zones.
The relocation of a National Express bus depot for the Commonwealth Games athlete’s village will cost £15.5m – eight times more than budgeted.
We have reduced the number of councillors by 30 per cent and we froze allowances for nine years running.
Instead of seeing local councillors as a potential saving, maybe we should see them as an asset.
In several London boroughs, the number is due to rise. That will be costly and damaging to local democracy.
Gareth Lyon: The opposition is trying to shift the focus from their local mismanagement to national decision-making
After having knocked on doors in six very different constituencies, across the South East, certain themes stand out. Social Care is one of them.
In Chesterfield, people want to know about tackling potholes, safeguarding social care, and protecting the local High Street and local pubs.
That means protecting the environment, supporting schools, and more police. It means friendly communities with better transport, homes, and high streets.
You wouldn’t go under anaesthetic if the surgeon were doing it as a hobby. There is a reason why a substantial number of MPs start life as councillors.
Shona Haslam: With three weeks to go here in Lanark & Hamilton East, it is only going to get busier, colder…and crazier.
The Scottish Conservatives do need to build up our activist base. The SNP has been effective in building a loud and bold campaigning force.
The current expensive disruptive route, and the neglect of decrepit local transport, are unacceptable.
So much of the role is apolitical. Arts projects for schools. Honouring local heroes. Planting flowers and removing weeds.