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Elections

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FOR thousands of teenagers across England, the 5 May local government elections offer them the first opportunity to cast their votes. The BBC visited Harlow College in Essex to listen to students about the issues that matter most to them. The political concerns of its…

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ON WEDNESDAY, we went down to Church Langley Way to interview the Green Party candidate for the local elections on May 5th. Ben White is standing for the first time but like all of the ten candidates has a great deal of passion for a…

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A VIDEO filmed from inside a bus in Harlow has revealed the possible damage that potholes are doing to vehicles in our town. The video was filmed by transport enthusiast Tendring Trains and Buses. It was titled “Loud Thrash” It seems like a simple journey…

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LAST YEAR, in one of many surprises, the Conservatives took the ward of Netteswell. They won with a majority of 177. But twelve months is a long time in politics and this is now a government under pressure for a variety of reasons. Netteswell has…

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THIS seat is and has been a comfortable Conservative seat. However, this may be one of thise funny old years. That’s our excuse as we approach another ward by ward with trepidation. The Conservatives majority in previous years is as follows: 2021: 580 2019: 265…

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AT a recent council meeting, it took Toddbrook councillor Tony Edwards around two minutes to ask a supplementary (follow up) questioned. He got heckled but stood his ground. Cllr Edwards was asking the question on behalf of a 92-year-old resident and wanted to do “right…

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LABOUR is calling for an emergency budget to bring forward more measures to tackle the cost of living crisis. Surges in fuel, energy and food prices are hitting people’s pockets, with inflation running at a 30-year high. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told the BBC’s…

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NOW this is an interesting ward. Last year, it went Conservative. It saw young Dan Swords take out the leader of Harlow Council, Mark Ingall. In our opinion that was down to two reasons: One reason was the Boris bounce and the second was the…

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THE Harlow Conservatives have launched a “blistering” election advert pitching the choice of parties to run Harlow Council. The advert contrasts the 10 years in which the Harlow Labour party ran Harlow Council and the first year under the Harlow Conservatives. The Conservatives set out…

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ON May 5 2022, Britain will hold its local elections, with thousands of councillors across the country contesting their seats. In Essex, seven district and borough councils, and two unitary authorities, are up for election in two weeks time, including Harlow Council. Unless you have…

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A LABOUR candidate at the forthcoming local elections has welcomed changes to surgeries in Harlow. Aiden O’Dell has been working hard in the background to ensure residents get proper access to the NHS. He has done this in his capacity as a patient, resident as…

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IN some ways, we thought we would start at a relatively easy one to predict. We use the word “relatively” as this may be a local election where national issues may impinge upon matters more than usual. Church Langley has been solidly Conservative since 2001,…

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THE DEPUTY leader of the Harlow Conservatives is defending the seat of Old Harlow. Councillor Joel Charles won by a majority of 316 in 2014 and 717 in 2018. This may be one of those tricky years, where national issues have a larger impact than…

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THE GREEN Party candidate for the ward of OId Harlow has been out and about in the ward and listening to resident’s concerns. Over the past few days, Yasmin Gregory has been down by Gilden Way. Ms Gregory told us that among the concerns were:…

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THIS was supposed to be a short “as we were passing” interview with the leader fo the Harlow Labour group, cllr Chris Vince. But instead it was close to a quarter of an hour. In that time, we discussed the issues that he and his…

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LOCAL election should be about local issues. From the potholes of Purford Green to anti-social behaviour in Abbotsweld. However, many, over the years, have been mini-referendums on how the government is doing. The Tories in Harlow took a hit in 1996 when they returned no…