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Lib Dems challenge excessive one-party domination of local councils

March 3, 2019 12:29 PM

Excessive one-party control of local councils too often leads to them ignoring sensible points made by anybody else.

Slough Lib Dem campaigner Jo Hanney highlighted this problem in a letter in the Express on Fri 1st March about the Labour-run Slough Council, and the Tory-run Windsor and Maidenhead Council. She promised in the local elections in May the Lib Dems, and others, would be trying to reduce the one-party excessive rule of each council.

But the two main parties in UK politics are also at fault for seeming to say that everything the other party does, or says, is wrong.

Jo referred to the overlapping issues of leisure activities and health to illustrate that not everything other parties do is wrong, but that they do make mistakes by not listening to others:

"Many of the initiatives from Slough's Labour-run Council to encourage physical activity are good. However, at the same time, a recent official report shows activity levels in Slough have dropped alarmingly from 2015-2018. It is, perhaps, no coincidence that Labour had taken the appalling decision massively to increase charges for hiring Council sports pitches from April 2015."

Slough's Labour councillors just refused to listen to Lib Dem Robert Plimmer who campaigned against the Labour hike in charges. He is continuing to campaign for a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, along with his Lib Dem colleague Matthew Taylor, as here in their recent visit to Mercian Recreation Ground.

Jo Hanney's full letter can be seen here: Lib Dems challenge excessive one-party domination of local councils Robert Plimmer & Matthew Taylor campaigning against Labour's hike in sports pitch charges