Plus: Kristy Adams selected in Sussex Mid, and Nigel Gardner selected in Harpenden and Berkhamsted.
Councils are won and lost through hard work, a consistent Conservative policy message, good campaigning, and good candidates. We must be so careful to avoid losing the mantle of the party of home ownership.
We need to review the European Convention on Human Rights. We need proper asylum processing centres instead of dumping traumatised people in hotels.
The challenge is complex. New factors such as poor EU migrants and increasing drug use are driving it.
Education is key – we need more good and outstanding school places.
A 58 per cent rise in the tax over the last two decades should serve as a warning against further hikes.
It is not just northern councils that want the flexibility to improve infrastructure.
Labour are looking to supplant the Liberal Democrats as our main opponents – but UKIP and a number of independents are also fighting hard.
Council Tax will fall for the sixth year running.
Local purples are standing aside for “like-minded” Conservative councillors.
Cllr David Burbage is Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, one of the four ‘vanguard’ areas chosen to launch the Big Society agenda. Francis Maude was very clear at the launch of the Big Society in Liverpool on Monday. There is no “top down plan”, there is no “grand scheme” – it’s […]
Liam Maxwell is Lead Member for Policy and Performance at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council. This morning the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead gave the LGA formal notice that they will leave the organisation. The bizarrely long notice period of a year means that we won't be able to leave right […]
Mark Wallace of the TaxPayers' Alliance congratulates Windsor and Maidenhead Council on fulfilling its decision to publish the details of all expenditure over £500. I wrote here a few weeks ago about the decision of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to become Britain’s first transparent council. I am delighted to report that this […]
Cllr David Burbage, leader of Windsor & Maidenhead Council, on how they are cutting the Council Tax in real terms while finding more money for policing. With the national economic picture looking bleak – and somewhat scary – here in October 2008, writing some words on shaving a few percentage points off the local Council […]