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2015 General Election candidates selected! #VoteFower

  Well known City Councillor and local activist, Darren Fower, has has been elected by members of the Peterborough Liberal Democrats, to be their party candidate in the 2015 General Election for the Peterborough constituency, on May 7th. The vote at a recent hustings meeting, held at the Newark Hotel, on Eastfield Rd, also saw members select Cllr Nick Sandford as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the North West Cambridgeshire constituency. Commenting after the meeting, Darren said: “I have spent my working life in a variety of roles in Peterborough, and am in my ninth year at the locally based charity Shine. “I’ve also been a city councillor for over a decade[…]

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28% of councillors @PeterboroughCC are female and 22.81% have a beard or a moustache!

In 1998 Peterborough became autonomous of Cambridgeshire county council as a unitary authority; since that times control has changed from Labour to the Conservatives, and there’s been 16 Mayors, of which 81% of which have been Tory councillors! Now we all enjoy a stat or two and so below is an infograph for you to peruse and enjoy! Make up of Peterborough City Council | Create infographics

Could UKIP candidate determine Park Ward election in 2015?

Park Ward, in recent years has become something of a battleground, and one of the results many involved in the local political scene look out for. For many years, Park ward, a place where the city MP’s ‘local’ property is situated, was considered a safe Tory seat, boasting all three city councillor roles being held by Conservatives. Then in 2011, Labour successfully turned the table and took a seat, with the Tories taking second spot. In 2012, they came second again, but in 2014, when UKIP fielded a candidate, Labour took their second seat for the area. Given the closeness in recent years, the question now is what impact will[…]

This opportunity cannot be hijacked – @Nick_Clegg

The last few days have provided a once in a generation opportunity to rewire British politics for good, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg writes: Within hours of the momentous decision by the Scottish people to remain in the UK, Westminster found itself once again bogged down in conventional party political point scoring. I have seen for myself the way in which the vested interests in the two old parties can conspire to block reform – scuppering elections to the House of Lords and a clean up of party funding in recent years. We cannot allow an exciting new chapter of empowerment and constitutional renewal to be held hostage[…]

Peterborough Labour Party in disarray …….. and it could get worse!

Ahead of the local elections this year, Peterborough’s Labour Party talked about taking control of the Council from the Tories! Since then, there’s been quite a bit happening within the trenches of the Peterborough Labour party! Such as ……….. Just one day after the elections, the Labour candidate, who just missed out on deposing at least ONE Tory councillor from the safest conservative seat in the City, wrote on his blog, that the electoral failure “..lay at the door of the local leadership and specifically at the door of Group Leader Nazim Khan is serious organisational failings.” Citing the “fiasco over Executive Pay, where the Group Leader wasn’t present at the meeting[…]

More done in last 5 than previous 40 years! Claims Cereste!

Did you get to hear the interview with Cllr Marco Cereste on BBC Radio Cambs directly after the 2014 local election results? It was certainly interesting, as he admitted to speaking with certain “other” councillors about enabling him to maintain his position as leader of the City Council – but which opposition councillors? – CERTAINLY none of the Lib Dems! He also went on to make one of his classic claims, stating “Me, as leader of the Council, have done more in the last 5 years in our city then has happened in the last 40 years in our city!” – Doesn’t say much for the 5+ years prior to his[…]

Tory COUNCILLOR wins WEST WARD by 16 votes, then goes on HOLIDAY!

Despite only beating the LABOUR candidate by a mere 13 votes, Tory “Leggit from North Bretton” councillor Wayne Fitzgerald, headed (just days after the close fought local election) on holiday, instead of attending what some believe to be, one of the most important Annual Council Meetings of the past few years! The Annual Council meeting this month saw an attempt by the the so-called Independent Group (which includes Cllr Fletcher, who once stood up and shouted at Cllr Marco Cereste, “I’m more of a Conservative than you!”) – to put forward a motion calling for a new administration …………. of which the leader would be the councillor who put forward the motion!! Ironically,[…]

Tory City Councillor for Eye and Thorney hands in his resignation!

In a communication from the Director of Governance at Peterborough City Council, elected members have been informed that “….a letter from Councillor Dale McKean tendering his resignation……” has been received. Adding, that the resignation is with immediate effect, leaving local residents of the Eye and Thorney Ward, with only one councillor between now and until the end of May, when the local elections take place. Members have been asked NOT to send him any further Council material, but NO REASON has yet been given for the resignation? One councillor did respond to the message claiming city councillors have been aware of this news for days? For the record, Liberal Democrat City Councillors were not aware, but perhaps there’s a[…]

Ofsted Report says, #Peterborough “pupils attending a good or better primary school, is well below average.”

Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, have now published their latest Local authority school improvement inspection report for Peterborough. The Tory controlled City Council are focusing, unsurprisingly, on the report’s mention that attempts for improvement in Peterborough are considered as being “effective”, BUT, what they are neglecting to address publicly is the heavy criticism made in relation to most of the actual targets and standards that pupils should be reaching or receiving. For example, inspectors pointed out that whilst the local authority had some “ambitious” plans to improve standards, “..the extent to which each school must contribute ….is not spelled out clearly and specifically in the council’s strategic[…]