Tonight’s October Greenwich Council meeting – how to watch and what to expect

chamberTonight is the first Full Council meeting at the Town Hall since July – and it seems that Labour and Conservative councillors alike have missed the cut and thrust of the Council Chamber over the summer, with no less than six motions for debate on the agenda.

Followers of Greenwich politics (and there are a few) will know the score when it comes to these motions – some can be useful in airing an issue, some just occasionally manage to get something done, and some are utterly pointless.

There’s a mixture of all three varieties on display tonight!

Here is a potted guide to tonight’s meeting, and what to expect, from the entirely biased and subjective perspective of the Leader of the Opposition’s seat… Continue reading Tonight’s October Greenwich Council meeting – how to watch and what to expect

A guide to tonight’s June Council meeting

Woolwich Town HallPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

Despite everything else that’s going on, the business of government – and local government – continues.  Or in our case, local opposition!

Here’s a quick preview of tonight’s June Full Council meeting at Woolwich Town Hall, which you can watch – should you be so inclined – online from 7pm and afterwards here.  Here’s the agenda for the meeting.

Continue reading A guide to tonight’s June Council meeting

Labour candidate resigns to spend more time with his confidence

Please note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

So, here we have it: my Labour opponent in the General Election, Matt Pennycook, has resigned his seat on the council – 52 days before an election he is evidently supremely confident of winning.  There will now be a by-election to replace him in Greenwich West ward on the same day as the General Election, 7th May. Continue reading Labour candidate resigns to spend more time with his confidence

Taking Southeastern to task at the Town Hall

Southeastern meetingPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

On Thursday I had the opportunity to ask some searching questions of Southeastern, as well as Network Rail and Transport for London, at a bumper councillors’ scrutiny meeting at Woolwich Town Hall.

Thanks in large part to lobbying from my colleague Cllr Matt Clare, the Conservative Transport Spokesperson in the Royal Borough, this meeting was arranged to enable councillors to hold Southeastern, in particular, to account over measures to improve the atrocious service local commuters receive. I’ve detailed the results of our questioning below. Continue reading Taking Southeastern to task at the Town Hall

Living Wage Incentive Scheme becomes council policy

Matt reading survey returns - for FbPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

This post first appeared on greenwich.co.uk here.

After four years involved in local goings-on in Greenwich, I have learned that we live in a borough with a particularly frustrating political culture.  With three Labour MPs, 43 Labour councillors and only eight Conservatives on the council, as a member of the opposition, it can sometimes feel like an uphill struggle to get things done.  All eight of us on the Conservative benches have a solid track record of local achievements in our wards – but when it comes to the council chamber, I don’t mind admitting that the Labour Party’s huge majority can make the going tough. Continue reading Living Wage Incentive Scheme becomes council policy

Securing action on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Fixed Odds Betting TerminalPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

I am very pleased to report that my amendment on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, which sought to toughen the council’s stance against their spread and improve its own signposting to gambling charities, was passed at last night’s council meeting.  This was a rarity – an occasion where we were able to put party politics to one side and agree what is absolutely needed on this issue, which is a united front from both sides of the council chamber.

It came at the end of a long council meeting which I’ve given a whistle-stop tour below. Continue reading Securing action on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Getting started on the council – now the work begins

Election addressPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

After a hugely enjoyable 15-month campaign, delivering tens of thousands of leaflets and knocking on thousands of doors, I’m delighted to report that I was elected to represent the good people of Coldharbour, Mottingham & New Eltham in the Royal Borough of Greenwich on Thursday. Continue reading Getting started on the council – now the work begins

Win or lose next Thursday, there’ll be a Cafe on the Mound…

Number 8, The MoundPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

I just wanted to take a quick break from campaigning to share some massively exciting news on our efforts to Mend The Mound.  Earlier this year the campaign, which I launched last year with my colleagues Cllr Mandy Brinkhurst and Cllr John Hills, secured improved lighting at the long-neglected Coldharbour shops – and this week has notched up another success. Continue reading Win or lose next Thursday, there’ll be a Cafe on the Mound…