In Bristol, Nottingham, and Portsmouth the result has been that Council Taxpayers’ money has gone up in smoke.
Local residents need to know what their council is up to and how well portfolios are performing. Proper oversight is lacking.
Most Tory MPs will be seeing large increases in the housing targets for their seats, while many Labour MPs see their local targets reduced.
We need to install more electric vehicle charging points, plant kelp farms, and offer Council Tax discounts for environmentally-friendly gardening.
How bad is the prognosis for urban Conservatism? Will there be a fightback outside of London? Will the Liberal Democrats show signs of life? Some potential clues.
UKIP’s decline will probably allow the three main parties to each claim an increased vote share. Afterwards, the Tories will still be the largest party in local government.
For the future, more unitary authorities could be a good solution to funding pressures – but not if it means subdividing efficiently-run counties.
There are also questions for the Department of Transport about funding schemes that have led to more accidents.
I was elected as a UKIP councillor in Portsmouth but as a small business owner the Conservatives are my natural home.
We have always been a maritime nation, and this major investment in the Royal Navy demonstrates our commitment to defending British interests.
We must find alternative routes to deliver the economic growth that we are all determined to see.
The devolution deal being foist upon the Isle of Wight and the people of Southampton and Portsmouth is in nobody’s interest.
Hard work and a business-like approach are delivering results for the city.
The Council remains hung.