Local Politics

Local Government Should Be At The Heart Of Our Democracy - It Must Be Defended And Strengthened

John Tizard | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

If any authors were going to make the case for local government as a crucial element in the democratic viability of our unitary state and equally as c...

Living on a Prayer: MPs Need to Make a Stand on Permitted Development Rights

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 16.07.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

In recent weeks, the Government has indicated it will be moving forward with far-reaching proposals to reform the planning system. 'Permitted Development Rights', as they are known, will make it easier for properties to be converted from office space to residential homes more easily.

Ideas for London, by London

Christian Wolmar | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics
Christian Wolmar

Building a better London is not easy. But we won't move our capital forward unless we engage with those who know the most about London, and often have the biggest insight into how it can be improved: Londoners themselves.

Mebyon Kernow, the Party for Cornwall, to Make the Case for a Cornish National Assembly

Rob McNamara | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK Politics
Rob McNamara

On Wednesday, Mebyon Kernow will launch a White Paper outlining the case for Cornish devolution and the creation of a Cornish National Assembly...

State and Market: Will the Autumn Statement Help Clear Up Current Confusion?

Dan Corry | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

Recent events in British politics have shown how confused our public is on the issue of the role of the state versus that of the market and indeed of society, something that political leaders and officials at local and national level probably experience every day.

We Must Seek Local Answers to the Housing Crisis

Monika Juneja | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Monika Juneja

'Housing crisis' - it's a phrase that has been bandied around rather a lot in recent weeks, and one that we would be foolish to ignore... If we are to find a way out of the conundrum, it is crucial that their concerns don't fall on deaf ears.

News Bunny's By-Election Memories

Ashley Hames | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK Politics
Ashley Hames

Meanwhile, back in the offices at L!VE TV, station boss Kelvin McKenzie had stopped off at the transmission gallery to watch a feed of the footage of my arrest. I was later told that he proclaimed it as, "the best f***ing piece of television I've ever seen in my life!"

How Could the PCC elections Have Been Better Run?

Toby James | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Politics
Toby James

The bottom line seems to be that the election could have been improved if more was spent on running it. Understandably, the government will be keen to keep costs down. Primarily, they will be concerned about arguments from the Labour Party that the money spent on the election could have been spent on more police officers.

Help Scope Keep Us Close

Melissa Mostyn | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Melissa Mostyn

Not having access to suitable services near home is taking a massive toll on families with disabled children. Half are missing out on quality time that families with non-disabled children take for granted - like celebrating birthdays, playing together or going swimming.

Hay-On-Wye: The Fight Against a Major Retail Development

Kate Holmes | Posted 28.12.2011 | UK
Kate Holmes

Basically, Hay has been given a choice...the town gets a new school (around 240 pupils) and a "major retailer" who funds the school gets to plonk a "retail development" bang in the middle of Hay. The implications of this affects the future of a small market town filled with individual shops, with no real traffic infrastructure which is bang in the middle of a National Park.