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Please sign the petition below to ensure a Citizens Assembly is set up to make the final decision.
Warwick and Stratford districts councils and their colleagues across the county are set to steamroller through plans to scrap existing district-level decision-making and create two super-councils – one for North Warwickshire and another for the South.
They are proposing that the number of councillors would be cut significantly.
I am demanding that a Citizens Assembly should have the final say on whether to pursue the plans – in honour of truly democratic values.
There are various people staging power grabs and it’s important that the public is heard and allowed to determine its own future.
The district and borough councils of Warwickshire spent more than £100,000 on a report by consultancy firm Deloitte about the future of regional governance. Of course, they received the advice they had paid for.
Likewise Warwickshire County Council spent £50,000 on its own report from consultants PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) – and it also received the answer it paid for.
It is the residents that are the only consultants who really matter.
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Once more, the Government are proving to be totally incompetent with their handling of Brexit. Sound familiar?They’re running down the clock risking no-deal with the EU, hiring a failed Australian PM to represent the UK and advise the Government on trade under a smoke screen, and now admitting to planning to break international law after going back on key parts of the Withdrawal agreement.Johnson has no clue on how to proceed in the Brexit mess which they have created. I’m doing my best to hold this Government to account so we avoid the calamity of a no-deal Brexit.Germany has basically given up on the hopes of getting a deal due to the lack of progress, whilst Johnson has spent the summer saying a no-deal is a good outcome. Let’s remember what a no-deal Brexit risks: £680 billion of annual trade between Britain and the EU, huge friction at the border, thousands of jobs, and even a hard border on the island of Ireland. Just today, the Government announced plans to break international law by going back on commitments they signed up to in the Withdrawal Agreement relating to Northern Ireland. Clearly, he’s not satisfied with only breaking just British law after illegally proroguing Parliament! This has led to yet another top civil servant having to leave due to their deep disagreement with this Government's reckless decisions. This doesn’t only undermine the rule of law and puts the peace process at risk, it also diminishes our trustworthiness with other countries and jeopardising our chance to strike deals with other countries.And last week, we found that Tony Abbott - famous for his misogyny and and homophobia - is to be the Government’s new trade adviser, with no transparency as to how he was appointed. As a member of the International Trade Committee, I've called for the Committee to request details on the process of employing Abbott, and the criteria to which they made the appointment. I've also called for us to be able to publicly question Abbott on his suitability. To help steady this ship erratically steered by Johnson, we need experts in trade to advise the Government - not friends of the Conservative Party..The Government need to get a grip – urgently.www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/sep/08/government-admits-new-brexit-bill-will-break-internation... ... See MoreSee Less
Government admits new Brexit bill 'will break international law'
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Last night, the Conservatives voted against Labour's proposal to implement the Grenfell Tower inquiry recommendations into law. Three years on since the horrific tragedy of Grenfell - in which I have constantly campaigned for justice for the victims and for stronger regulations on fire safety in housing - the Government are still refusing to act to ensure such an event never happens again.Utterly shocking, and a shameful dereliction of duty. ... See MoreSee Less
Teachers have been fantastic in getting schools ready for students to return. But now, we are at a crucial crossroad with the virus already spreading in schools - the Government must act.We've seen substantial rises in cases across the country, leading to fears of a second wave imminent. Today, I questioned the Education Secretary on whether they have lost control over their handling of this virus, particularly in our schools.We need to, once again, ramp up testing and do better at tracing close contacts if we have any chance of staving off another deadly wave.The Government must get a grip to ensure schools do not become the next covid epicentres. ... See MoreSee Less
I cannot see any justification to restrict dog owners walking their dogs in Newbold Comyn and at Warwick Racecourse.To curb problems caused by owners who are irresponsible with their dogs in public spaces, we need greater enforcement. For that to happen we desperately need more resources in community policing - something I've been campaigning on for years and will continue to do so.www.warwickcourier.co.uk/news/people/petition-launched-against-proposed-further-restrictions-dogs... ... See MoreSee Less
Petition launched against proposed further restrictions for dogs and their owners at public spaces in Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth
Today is Local Bike Shop Day & I popped in to John Atkins Cycles to show my support.I'm a big advocate of cycling - more of us need take it up and our local shops have great deals on a great selection.As with all local businesses it's so important to #supportyourlocalbikeshop ... See MoreSee Less