New Harlow Labour leader up for the challenges ahead

Politics / Sun 23rd May 2021 at 11:12am

IT is a Saturday morning and the new Harlow Labour leader, cllr Chris Vince is knocking on the doors of residents in Hare Street.

On Thursday evening , he had returned to the council chamber, after the local elections, with a greatly reduced team of Labour councillors.

We caught up with councillor Vince in order to see how he was approaching the tasks ahead.

After Thursday’s meeting, Cllr Vince also made the following comments.

Cllr Vince said: ‘It was a genuine honour to have the opportunity to lead the Labour Group for the first time at the annual council meeting on Thursday. It was also great to have the opportunity to speak on behalf of winners of the Councils civic awards although a shame the award winners were unable to attend.

I do want to congratulate Cllr Andrew Johnson on his election as leader of the council. However, I have to express my disappointment that so much of what he had to say was critical of the last administration. When Labour were in charge of the council we achieved so much, not least the building of council homes, important regeneration of the town like in Clifton Hatch, the protection of vital services such as pets’ corner and the playhouse, not to mention the work we have done during this pandemic. In the next few months and years we will see some of the fruits of the last Labour administration’s efforts, The current rejuvenation of east gate to open access from the bus station into the old market square, the development of the Moot house in the Stow, the council homes being built in Bushey Croft, and it is a shame we already have a conservative administration ready to take the credit.

“However, for me the most important part of the evening were the tributes to our former colleague Danny Purton. Danny was a one of a kind, a huge figure in local politics and someone who cared passionately about our town. I thank our Harlow Labour Councillors Bob Davis and Mike Danvers for their warm words and am slightly disappointed the new administration couldn’t offer similar.

“It feels a long way until our next full council meeting in July and much will change between now and then I am sure. However, Harlow Labour Councillors remain resolute to continue to listen to residents, to help deal with their issues and show that it is the Labour Party who are the ones who are really on their side”.

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