Here is a list of the Tory rebels: Lucy Allan (Telford), John Baron (Basildon and Billericay), Bob Blackman (Harrow East), William Cash (Stone), Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham), David Davies (Monmouth), Philip Davies (Shipley), Richard Drax (South Dorset), Philip Hollobone (Kettering), Gareth Johnson (Dartford), Esther McVey (Tatton), Nigel Mills (Amber Valley), Anne Marie Morris (Newton Abbot), Tom Pursglove (Corby), Henry Smith (Crawley), Bob Stewart (Beckenham), Desmond Swayne (New Forest West), Robert Syms (Poole), Michael Tomlinson (Mid Dorset and North Poole), and Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes).
It is said that elections are won on the doorstep, and that may well be true. Being armchair activists, it’s difficult to check up on that. Twitter and blogs however are part of our social media present and future, and if the election was decided there, how would each of the wards be looking?
In which Thomas Baldock shares his experience of being involved with the Medway Youth Council.
Being under the voting age was frustrating for me, I felt that young people’s voices were mute, that we didn’t have the opportunity to make changes because our elected representatives didn’t need to listen to us just yet. That was until I joined the Medway Youth Council. This organisation is a-political in that there is no party political or ideological viewpoint that we follow; this in many ways can give us the freedom to act in a pragmatic way to best serve the interests of young people in Medway.
In which local historian Chris Sams digs into the past to find a parallel with the present..
In recent weeks the Medway political scene has been rocked by the discovery of Councillor Franklin’s suspension from his post and even the Conservative party for the Retweeting of Islamophobic posts but he is not the first person to be thrown out of somewhere for overtly or subtly racist propaganda during a social and racially divisive period.
Due to unforeseen, er, ‘technical problems’, we don’t have one of our usual inFrequently Answered Questions posts this week. To fill the gap though, we decided to answer some of the questions we’ve previously sent to councillors ourselves because we also have opinions you know and we are never above making this about us. We look forward to you telling us how wrong we are in the comments below.