Election Briefs

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"The session on Tuesday 19 February at 1.00pm at the Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, will include discussions about the role of a councillor, the responsibilities of the council and how it operates, as well as the skills required for the role.  There will also be a chance to quiz current councillors to find out what it is really like to be an elected member of the council.

The aim of the session is to inform those who might be interested in standing for election but are unsure about what is involved.

This year’s elections for Scarborough Borough Council and the 39 parish and town councils in the area will be held on Thursday 2 May.

Jim Dillon, Chief Executive and Returning Officer said:

"Being a councillor is a very rewarding role. We are hoping to attract a wide variety of people into the role to ensure the views and concerns of voters throughout the borough are taken into account. Anyone who is interested in becoming a councillor and helping others should attend the session so that they can see the type of work they would undertake and the benefits that can bring to communities."

The briefing session will also see the launch of a free booklet that gives details about the role of a councillor and what people need to do to stand for election. The booklet, called ‘A Councillor? Who, me?’ will also be available to download online at scarborough.gov.uk/elections

Anyone wanting more information or to book a place on the training session should email electors@scarborough.gov.uk or telephone 01723 232309."




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An Independence Group


"Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey quit Labour's ranks in protest at what they said was a culture of "bullying and bigotry" in the party and frustration over the leadership's reluctance to back another EU referendum...

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has warned his party could see more defections if it did not change...

This splintering might, just might - in time - turn into a much bigger redrawing of the landscape."


"Mr Umunna said another "big issue for us" was the belief that Mr Corbyn could not be trusted with national security, if he became prime minister.

"Many Labour MPs agree with us on that," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Mr Umunna said the new Independent Group was not yet a new political party, but he believed it could become one in time..."



"THE TOXIC and twisted state of British politics mean the decision of three respected Tory MPs to team up with like-minded Labour politicians in the breakaway Independent Group will inevitably be interpreted through the narrow prism of Brexit...

And yet they, together with their new colleagues, deserve respect for actually demonstrating the courage of their convictions rather than sitting idly by, and accepting the status quo, when the national crisis over Brexit is compounding public disillusionment about growing levels of personal animosity in politics.

But while the threat of a no-deal Brexit binds together members of this fledgling movement, individuals with much experience and expertise to offer, they are also centrists appalled at how politics is in the grip of extremists from Labour’s anti-Semites to the Brexiteer zealots on the Tory right..."