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.
The Scottish Conservatives do need to build up our activist base. The SNP has been effective in building a loud and bold campaigning force.
Local hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions would all benefit from a cut in VAT. This is something that we can seriously look at once we have left the EU.
Labour MPs voted against the local government finance settlement. They would also scrap Ofsted, increase taxes, and delay Brexit.
The Conservatives lost seats to the Lib Dems in Eden and Tunbridge Wells. But the Conservatives gained a seat from the Lib Dems in Torbay.
Gimmicks and bribes are not the answer. Prosperity will be achieved if free entreprise is allowed to thrive.
The current expensive disruptive route, and the neglect of decrepit local transport, are unacceptable.
It has, without consultation or a change in the law, slammed shut the principal way that investigating corruption of the register may be properly conducted.
In Birmingham, the Labour council is adamant about introducing its hated Congestion Charge; which will hit the poorest the hardest.
A global approach to quite different challenges has failed. A long-term decline in specialised teaching skills must be reversed.
Regulations should be applied lightly and Business Rates cut. Improving transport links must be championed.
A string of bicycle thefts could be a coordinated plan, with those stealing the bikes paid with a small amount of Class A drugs.
The Council and local charities work together to defeat loneliness and social isolation
So much of the role is apolitical. Arts projects for schools. Honouring local heroes. Planting flowers and removing weeds.
It is rural England that forms the bedrock of Conservatism. But we must not take its support for granted.
The Conservatives gained a seat from Labour in Worcestershire. The Conservatives also held a seat in Windsor and Maidenhead.
Labour claims to be concerned about what they call “voter suppression.” They should sort out their own Party.
Ever greater state funding is being followed by ever greater statism in political thought – and the decline of independent thought.
A feminist account declares that judges “decide our laws”. There is no mention of parliament.
I am determined to refocus the conversation: to how we bring crime levels down; and build the homes we desperately need.
The Conservatives gained a seat from Labour in Daventry. But the Conservatives lost a seat to the Lib Dems in Powys.
Politics has changed. Elected members need to champion the community. Being aloof is no longer tolerated.
In Thames Valley we have had some groundbreaking investigations. But there are too many agencies with overlapping responsibilities.
Upgrading the UK’s infrastructure is an opportunity to bind places closer through trains and trade.
Thousands of teenagers are exploited through County Lines. The Metropolitan Police force area is the largest exporting hub to the rest of the country.
We made savings which allowed us to create news teams. These work with all schools to spread tested practices to support good mental wellbeing.
The former Prime Minister pretends the threefold rise in house prices during his term in office was inevitable. Not so.
You may smile; how can this woman take such pride in providing a bin at a bus stop? Well, she does.
How do British cities deal with Brexit? In this blog, Robert Gawłowski explains that it is without any doubt that UK local authorities have been left entirely alone in the process. Without any regulations that would encourage the cities to engage in the Brexit process, the vast majority of them have only taken limited actions, such as collecting information about possible outcomes […]
People who aspire to own their own homes move out of London to where property is cheaper.