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Harlow Local Elections 24: Question Time with party candidates tonight

News / Thu 18th Apr 2024 at 07:05am

A LOCAL election Question Time is set be held on Thursday evening.

The question time (or hustings) will be held at 7pm on Thursday April 18th in the main hall at Passmores Academy, Tracyes Road, Harlow.

This is organised and hosted by Your Harlow. This is a public event.

This is an all-out election year, that is, where all 33 seats are up for election. This is due to boundary changes.

The last time this happened was 2002.

So, with that in mind, we thought it would be appropriate to hold a Question Time.

We have invited the leaders of all the parties.

On the panel

Conservative: Dan Swords

Labour: Chris Vince

Green Party: Yasmin Gregory

Harlow Alliance Party: Nick Taylor

Liberal Democrats: Will Tennison

Ukip: Mark Gough

The event will last one hour and twenty minutes.

Eight questions to be discussed over the 80 minutes.

The questions must be submitted to [email protected].

Ideally, as in Question Time/Any Questions, the person must be available to ask the question in person.

We are trying to keep the questions relevant to what a District Council can control.

The event is free but we will have a charity bucket at the entrance for St Clare Hospice.

Parking available.

We will film this event, should you not be available to make it.

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10 Comments for Harlow Local Elections 24: Question Time with party candidates tonight:

James Leppard
2024-04-18 07:29:04

I understand all questions must be relevant and relate to matters that are under the remit of Harlow Council, I.e. local issues, hence local elections. It is redundant to ask about or to discuss Gaza, Ukraine, NHS, Price of Crude oil or Wheat Futures as Harlow Council has no influence over such matters and neither will any councillor elected. Let's keep it relevant and focused.

Pete
2024-04-18 09:25:36

Local matters for local people, especially the "local conservatives". Some matters overlap, for example should questions arise about future council tax it is very hard to separate this from national levels of inflation. Tbh James, you sound a bit nervous about, not for the first time, being connected to the Gov't. You shouldn't be, sell us YOUR dreams.

Fact or Fiction
2024-04-18 09:45:33

James Leppard - This is an independently chaired Question Time (hustings) through YH and Michael Casey (Editor), you are not an independent. You have on 3 occasions now tried to influence (some might say control) the content of the evening. The above clearly states 'We are trying to keep the questions relevant to what a District Council can control' and, questions must be submitted to YH with the person asking in attendance to ask 'their' question.

James Leppard
2024-04-18 11:07:42

Fact or Fiction, I am merely repeating what Michael Casey informed. I have nothing to do with the organisation whatsoever. Michael is absolutely right in keeping this relevant to local issues as these are Council elections, not Parliamentary. I would imagine any reasonable person would see the logic of this approach.

Apollo Gees
2024-04-18 12:20:12

I have a question, but cant attend, so maybe I could get an answer on here. Its relevant and focused. How would the newly elected council and their party deal with Councillors who do not attend meetings? I'm not talking the odd one or two, I'm talking about repeatedly never attending and representing their ward?

Steve
2024-04-18 13:36:15

Here is my question for the Conservatives: Government finding for local authorities has fallen in real terms by more than 50% since 2010/11 – source: National Audit Office. Yet you are freezing council taxes – cutting really because of inflation. So how are you going to improve council services with less money? Honest answer please, no ‘efficiencies’ BS.

Fact or Fiction
2024-04-18 14:46:25

James Leppard - Why repeat what YH/Michael Casey has said? Your are a senior conservative councillor and therefore cannot speak from an independent position or should not embellish with Gaza, Ukraine, NHS, Price of Crude oil or Wheat Futures issues which YH/Michael Casey did not state. Whilst logically it should cover local issues for local elections, the lines can blur into wider issues sometimes. For example, a question might be does Harlow Conservative Party want a councillor who is today stated as allegedly Islamophobic and whether this is true or not does it have anything to do with local issues? https://hopenothate.org.uk/2024/04/18/revealed-islamophobia-from-conservative-councillor-in-harlow/

Mark Gough
2024-04-18 15:00:05

Apollo - the law says if you fail to attend any meetings for six months, then you forfeit your seat to a by-election. Frankly I believe that should be three months without a good medical reason. I believe at three months Local Councils should be able to recall a Councillor the same way MPs are subject to recall. Beyond three months if a medical condition is the reason, then an appeal to Full Council for a one month extension to that three months should be undertaken. Residents should not be without a full compliment of three working Councillors any longer than necessary! Hope that gives you a idea of my opinion, and you think it's fair. Mark Gough -Leader Harlow UKIP.

Steve
2024-04-18 15:10:24

That's hillarious, UKIP lecturing on work ethic. When Nigel Farage was your leader he had the one of the worst work rates of all MEPs - ranked 748 out of 751. All while taking in a £100,000 salary and £73,000 pension.

Nicholas Taylor
2024-04-19 07:18:55

In the Great Parndon Ward, Cllr LeMay won a seat for the Conservatives back in May 2021. He has not participated in any Council meeting since December 2022 or represented the council on any outside bodies. He did not resign of course so a by-election should have been called many months ago. That's the problem when Parties scratch around for candidates who are not up for the job, known as paper candidates, who suddenly find themselves elected.

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