As our new councillors in Medway get settled into their roles, we decided to ask them all a couple of basic questions about their motivations for wanting to be a councillor and the priorities for their ward.
As usual, we told all of them that we would publish their responses unedited. You can find them below in the order they were received.
Continue reading “iFAQ: Introducing our new councillors”
This week we are interrupting our regular schedule to bring you an examination of how each local political party appears to be preparing for the May 2019 elections.
To finish the week, we are taking a look at Medway Labour.
On paper, the omens should be pretty good for Medway Labour heading into the 2019 local elections. With a confusing national picture that has seen them polling roughly equally with the Conservatives, a string of council blunders, and facing a set of councillors that seem tired, Medway Labour should be well placed to mount a challenge to control the council.
The problem is that we’ve been here so many times before. 2011 and 2015 should have been fruitful years for the party for similar reasons to those above, yet Labour rarely seem able to capitalise to improve their standing. As such, a few minor seat fluctuations aside, Medway Labour have held pretty much the same number of seats on Medway Council for the past 16 years.
Could 2019 be their breakthrough year?
Continue reading “Much ado about Labour”