Hi I’m James ‘Policy Officer’ for the Labour Party in St. Austell and Newquay and Law Student. This is a blog for ideas, debates and topics I want to cover and bring light too. If you have any questions or Idea’s then get in touch, I'd love to hear from you. All views expressed in here are mine and mine alone.
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If you're reading this it is probably because you want to know why I'm running to be chair of the Labour Party in St. Austell and Newquay, at least that is what I hope anyway.
Well I want to keep it simple and list my five pledges I will work towards if I am lucky enough to be elected as your chair:
1)Help get Felicity into Parliament whilst ousting Steve Double.
2) Work towards making the CLP greener and more environmentally friendly
3)Energise our members to get them more involved through ensuring all feel valued and welcome within our party.
4)Support the members who are already working hard for us by finding a way to give back to them as they have given so much to us.
5) Getting the Labour Party out into the constituency more to show we are the party for the many not the few
If you care about these things, and I'm sure you do that's why you're in the party then I ask you to vote for me so we can make them happen, don't throw away this chance!
After a recent police report at a Parish Council meeting we heard about a scheme Devon and Cornwall police offer called Lay-observation. The scheme is where a member of the public can apply to shadow police officers to observe all the hard work that they do. (You too can apply by following this link.)
After hearing about the scheme, I decided to apply and was thrilled to be able to go and spend an afternoon with the Police services within Truro. They were very kind and welcoming and more then happy to answer any and all questions that I asked them. It was a interesting afternoon, however there was a negative part which was where I witnessed how stretched these hard working police officers are. With just 5 officers to cover the huge area around Truro they are forced to work above and beyond what can be expected of anyone.
Just in my afternoon alone two officers had to stay on and work overtime due to not having enough staff to deal with everything happening that afternoon. (I was told…
St. Enoder Parish Council (Along with many other local councils) recently received an email in regards to Cornwall Council declaring a climate emergency, and asking the parish council to act and to help combat climate change. As such St. Enoder Parish Council declared a climate emergency and set up a working group to work on ways both the parish council and the community can combat the impending crisis that is climate change. I was happy to second this motion as proposed by our Cornwall Councillor Dick Cole. Along with this I put my name forwards along with my other fellow Labour Parish Councillor (Mandy Gregory) to join the working group and to start work on fighting climate change. Both Cllr Gregory and I attended Labours Green Industrial Revolution at the Heartlands in Pool, where many enthusiastic debates took place over what can be done at a local level to combat climate change. I learnt a lot and will bring many of the ideas from the event to the working group to look at being …
It's that time of year again when the sun is out and the Flora and Fauna is at its most beautiful and free. Yet just as last year I'm compelled to write the same thing again, as I'm sure I will next year. Last year I wrote a letter to the Cornish Guardian about how lovely it is to have hedges and foliage but it can be dangerous. And once again I have had people getting in touch with me in regards to how dangerous some of the overgrown paths are due to the inability of Cornwall Council to maintain them.
Now hedges and trees are a key part of the Cornish landscape and important in our fight against climate change. So cutting them should only be done when they prove a present danger and once again in our Parish some do. That is why it is paramount to have them trimmed back safely to allow easy passage, so no one gets hurt. Although it may sound simple to trim hedges it can be tedious and difficult. First the owner has to be identified then the correct action taken. If it is a…