Water is our most precious resource: No excuse for sewage in our rivers and seas

Jessica Toale is a Councillor in Westminster and the Co-Chair of the Labour Foreign Policy Group The UK is blessed with some of the world’s best beaches – even if we don’t always have the weather to match. In the summers, thousands of people flock to places like Bournemouth and Boscombe to enjoy the pristine…

What can you do as a Labour Town Councillor?

Report from National Association of Local Councils Conference 2022 Jonathan Wallcroft is a Town Councillor in Keynsham; and LCC’s Field Organiser for the CPTNetwork. I had the pleasure of attending NALC’S conference on November 7th. Unfortunately the conference was online rather than in person, but in its own Zoomy way perhaps it painted a more…

October NPF Report — Alex Mayer

Alex Mayer is an LCC supporter and member of the NPF for the Eastern Region This week saw the first full meeting of the new National Policy Forum in a zoom meeting chaired by Ann Black from the NEC. There were 127 representatives on the call from right across the country, from regions, trade unions,…

Rural communities are facing a triple blow in the cost-of-living crisis — Kerry Booth

Kerry Booth is the Chief Executive Designate for the Rural Services Network. The Rural Services Network, a membership organisation representing English rural councils and other rural services providers has recently published research into the rural cost of living crisis.  This shows that higher domestic and transport energy poverty, coupled with lower wages, pushes rural areas into…

Politics Returns — LCC at LPC22

While we wait, with some trepidation, for this week’s imminent announcements from a government without mandate, conference in Liverpool gives all the Labour family an opportunity to show it is the bedrock of a government in waiting, ready to meet the nation’s needs in this dark hour. For our part we will continue to promote…

Winning Rural England – Cllr Chris Hinchcliff

Chris Hinchcliff is a Labour Councillor on North Hertforshire district council and works for CPRE. Across England, roughly 24 million people live in rural communities, or in urbanareas with a significant rural hinterland that plays a crucial part in their identity anddaily lives. With a Tory government resolutely determined not to rise to thechallenges facing…

Winning some Towns of England, in June, in 2022 – Ant Reid

There is a by election happening in Tiverton and Honiton so political pundits have been busy googling the place, and many in the Labour Party have been gearing up to fight a “rural” election. After all the big thing the constituency is famous for thanks to its dodgy MP is sexy tractors. So bring out the…

The most important town council by-election of the year – Hywel Lloyd

This Thursday, May 12th, sees a by-election in Tiverton, yet it isn’t the one you’re thinking of…. It is the by-election for Lowman Ward of Tiverton Town Council, a seat that is only being contested between Labour, Conservative and an Independent (so much for the Lib Dems’ “winning here”). LCC has long argued that when our members campaign…

NALC opens nominations for Star Council Awards 2022

By Niamh MacElvogue, Communications intern, National Association of Local Councils The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has opened nominations for the Star Council Awards 2022. As the only awards in England recognising the contribution local (parish and town) councils make to their communities, the Star Council Awards are an opportunity for the local council…