FOR some reasons, there are seats that you think could be a lot tighter than they are. Summers and Kingsmoor is one example. In 2012, Conservative candidate, Russell Perrin won by just 67 votes (48%) from Labour’s Dan Long (whatever happened to him?). Since then, cllr Perrin has been an excellent councillor, always prodding away at the Labour strategies and a councillor who seems to have a firm grip on the financial challenges.
AND now we get down to the tricky ones… In 2012, Labour had a handsome victory here in a ward that has a number of contrasts. Labour won by 267 votes (50%). But that look like a bit of a heady peak.
The councillor struggled to make an impact and has bowed out this year.
BACK in 2012, in what was a very good year for Harlow Labour, Jon Clempner won by 578 votes with a massive 63% of the vote. Since then cllr Clempner has become the leader of Harlow Council and become a talisman for Labour in the town. He seems to understand campaigning better than most and so may well look after his own ward as well as many others.
HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon, successfully backed the Golden Swift pub in Hare Street to become an Asset of Community Value. This means that it is now much harder for the pub to be sold or taken over by developers and it gives the local community would have a chance to buy the pub for themselves first.
A SENIOR Labour councillor has pledged to use the full force of the law to crack down on bikers in their ward. Cllr Ian Beckett has been contacted by residents who haver witnessed bikers, without crash helmets and at high speed riding down Tumbler Road.
COUNCILLOR Graham Butland, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, has welcomed a report by the House of Commons Education Select Committee into the mental health and wellbeing services provided to looked-after children.
GCSE students in Harlow are being warned to think about how their choices for A levels or equivalents may affect their university applications, following a national study.
Consumer group Which? found almost a third of more than 1,000 UK 18- and 19-year-olds university applicants surveyed said they would choose different subject choices if they were to have the option again.
THIS was a close run thing in 2012 when Eddie Johnson won by just 28 votes in 2012. Things got a bit complicated in 2014 when UKIP had their day in the sun and won. UKIP polled 674 votes, with the Conservatives in second with 598 and Labour in third with 596.
AN independently chaired misconduct panel has issued a final written warning to an Essex police officer for gross misconduct. The public hearing ran from Wednesday April 20 to Thursday April 21 at Basildon Family Court. The panel heard that in May 2015 Pc Catherine Sharp, who is based at Police Headquarters in Chelmsford, instructed a colleague to access police systems without a proper policing purpose.
Prime Minster David Cameron quotes Burnt Mill Head in Question Time as it looks like “Forced academisation” to go ahead
POSITIVE words regarding academies by the head of Burnt Mill were quoted by the prime minister (PM) David Cameron in the House of Commons today. The PM quoted Helena Mills in response to a number of questions by the leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn MP.
A MOTHER from Harlow has described how moving her child from traditional teaching to home education and schooling transformed his well-being.
Stacy Bain, 35, Reiki Energy Healer & Holistic Therapist, took the decision to move her 13-year-old son Jack into home schooling in March after she felt the pressure and discipline of the academic system didn’t offer the right structure for her son.
HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has defended his decision to vote against allowing 3,000 child refugees from Syria, entry into this country. Mr Halfon said: “I passionately believe that we have a duty to help the people suffering the Syrian Civil War and that is why I strongly support the fact that the Government has done the following:
THIS should be a fairly straight forward one. Labour have a stranglehold on this one and it does not look like changing any time soon. Cllr Phil Waite won this by 254 votes (53% in 2012. It was a bit close when Labour only won by 26 in 2014 but as we know that was a highpoint for UKIP.
In 2015, Labour won by 410 votes (45% of the vote).
THERE was a time, not very long ago, when the Lib-Dems ran Harlow Council. But then came 2010, coalition and tuition fees. Very soon after, the Lib Dems were left without a single councillor in Harlow.
FAMILIES in Harlow are “strongly behind” a report urging the government to use some of the money from the new sugar tax to extend free school meals for poor children into the school holidays.
PARENTS in Harlow say they are “in favour” of after-school clubs as a way of boosting the academic performance of disadvantaged young pupils.
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has asked for reassurances over the possibility of job losses at British Home Stores in Harlow, following news the company is in the process of filing for administration.
A consultation which will help shape the future shape and role of the fire service in Essex came to a close this morning. Over the last 12 weeks the Service has received responses from thousands of people as it asked residents, councils and other organisations to share their views and opinions on three options for change currently under consideration.
EUROPE, David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn, Panama, Robert Halfon. Have any of these issues come up on the doorstep in Harlow? YH caught up with Harlow’s MEP, Richard Howitt in Spencers Croft as he helped campaign for Labour candidate Mark Ingall
PARENTS in Harlow have said “it is absolutely vital nurseries stay open” after it has emerged government plans to double free hours may lead to up to 750 childcare providers being closed across the United Kingdom.
LABOUR in Harlow appear to have a good knack of finding green candidates who are going to doc the hard yards in their ward. If you judge social media alone, then Lanie Shears certainly done the hard yards.
UK retailer BHS could file for administration as early as Monday, threatening 11,000 jobs, the BBC understands. Sources close to the owners told the BBC that “things don’t look good”.
THE Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust has prepared for next week’s industrial action by junior doctors. The hospital is planning to limit the impact wherever possible; however, our focus will be on maintaining emergency services.
A WAR of words between Harlow Labour and Conservatives has broken out over potholes. Harlow Labour issued a statement slamming the Essex County Councillor Eddie Johnson, over alleged remarks in a Highways Panel Meeting in Harlow.