Residents Association Councillors in the Media
A number of people have been arrested and charged following two weeks
An update from Councillor Alex Coley on the largest and longest unconference
A local resident is looking for donations of surplus apples from back gardens
Geneder Equality in Politics
Stoneleigh RA Councillor Hannah Dalton was recently interviewed on Radio Surrey about women in politics and the progress (or otherwise) towards gender equality in politics and other areas of life here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p061mrpq
“Bins before BREXIT” – Independents in the London Election
Kate Forrester, a journalist at the Huffington Post, has been looking into the London elections which are due to be held in the next couple of weeks. The article concentrates on independents who are fighting on local issues vs the national parties aiming for votes based on BREXIT and sending a message to national party colleagues at Westminster.
In any article concerning independents it is usual to find a piece about Epsom and Ewell. Epsom and Ewell has been independently controlled since its formation in the 30s. Kate writes of Epsom and Ewell:
The collegiate group of residents’ associations that he (Councillor Richard Baker) is part of have been running services in Surrey for decades – remarkably managing to operate within a surplus budget. At a time when councils across the country are struggling with deep cuts and spiralling costs, why are things different in one of the main London commuter hotspots?
To see Councillor Richard Baker’s (Stamford Ward) response, see the full article here.
“We appeal to people across the board – those who would vote Conservative, those who support Labour and people who have voted for UKIP. What delights us is ensuring we reflect what residents want.