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The Conservative-run Warwickshire County Council is proposing to drastically shake up local government in Warwickshire by scrapping local district and borough councils in favour of a single authority for the whole county.
It’s simply wrong to plough ahead with drastic changes to how local government and local services are operated without going through a proper consultation with residents. I’m opposing this proposal and instead believe we should explore different options with the general public. I’m afraid that these plans were made in self-interest by the County Council leadership.
Setting aside the lack of consultation, the plans themselves are deeply concerning. I don’t believe centralising power into one, potentially distant Council is the way forward. Likewise, the idea of a Mayor of Warwickshire is faintly ridiculous.
The leadership of Warwickshire County Council also suggest that this move will save money. However, I believe this could actually cost more than it saves, especially in the short to medium term.
Just look across the country where similar plans have been implemented: Torbay Council became distant to many residents, and the shake-up cost them more than it saved and had to cut all non-essential spending as a result.
I implore the County Council to withdraw their rushed-through plans and instead undertake a proper and open consultation exercise – together with District / Borough Councils – to ensure we get the best democratic structure that works in the interests of Warwickshire residents.
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2 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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