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..."





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Jobs Worths

" ... the authority had attracted 6,300 volunteers to ensure key and popular services are maintained in the face of dwindling Government funding, it had become evident the council’s inconsistent approach towards unpaid helpers needed to end.

The authority’s leading members heard setting out clear policies on operational issues such as expenses and training was essential to ensure volunteers were correctly valued and fairly supported."

"... the strategy and policies being launched should also be used as a blueprint for partner organisations which contribute to the council’s service delivery, for example the 1,700 volunteers in community and hybrid libraries and 3,300 school governors"

"So you will a much greater use of volunteers and a greater tailoring of what they want to do.”

Councillor Derek Bastiman asked whether the introduction of a strategy and policies by the council had caused a drop-off in volunteers because there were concerns it could “frighten people off”.


"... He said: "We have done our part, we have done things more efficiently and innovatively to compensate for the loss of 40 per cent of the spending power. What you can't do with efficiency savings is manage growth and we are seeing a huge growth in demand for adult care.

"It is a great problem to have, I wish my parents had lived longer than 68 and 76. But the older people get the more complex their needs and the more expensive their needs, so we are getting more people living longer..."




"I've always found them willing to listen, it doesn't mean they always agree with your argument or that they can do something about it."

" ... a serial wedding crasher accused of showing up to wedding parties uninvited and stealing gifts."




Fight Night.

"This is a perfect example of why we need more investment in the North."


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Flower Power

"In her speech Ms Symonds said she was a newcomer to bird-watching, having become interested after visiting a puffin colony at Bempton in East Yorkshire.

She said she had been alarmed at seeing a picture of a slaughtered bird in a newspaper shortly afterwards, and condemned the trophy hunting of puffins.

However, Ms Symonds said she was "profoundly optimistic" that the people who care "far outnumber the people who don't, especially among young people"..."



"Labour's plan would "give local authorities the power to make our high streets the pride of our communities that they once were," he added.

But Mr Berry said the government would "deliver Brexit by 31 October, so that we can get on with levelling up opportunities across our country and breathe new life into high streets and town centres"


“I like things being finite,” the actor agrees. “With a cultural thing, I am always glad things end. They are supposed to end.”

Hmmm ...


"I've made it a rule over many, many years - I do not talk about stuff involving my family, my loved ones."


"Recently the media regulator OFCOM has weakened the regulations so that each local radio station only has to provide 3 hours of local output per weekday and the definition of local has been extended to whole regions rather than the area the station is meant to be serving."



D-Bid... Details.

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The Euronauts

"My summer holiday of choice involves no passport, minimal cultural outings and as much time as possible spent immersed in 15C water. When I tell people that I am spending my break swimming in the North Sea off Yorkshire, reactions tend to run from “you’re brave” to “why would you do that?”. Which I imagine is similar to the comments I’d get if I announced I was taking a week to visit prisoners with whole-life orders. But I maintain that true pleasure requires not much more than an RNLI-supervised beach, a tide table and a novel to read between dips..."





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Scarborough Perform

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Rust n Dust

"Picture a post-apocalyptic world, in which unhinged biker gangs wearing bondage gear fight to the death over cans of fuel. In beat-up, supercharged cars, they chase a lone traveller across the wasteland of the Australian Outback, weaving through burning vehicles and performing some of the most gripping stunts in cinematic history..."

Accept your duty:

"... the PM attacked Mr Corbyn, claiming he was "the first leader of the opposition in the democratic history of our country to refuse the invitation to an election" and "urged colleagues to reflect on the unsustainability of this position overnight and in the course of the next few days."

Earlier, the Labour leader said Mr Johnson's offer of an election was "a bit like an offer of an apple to Snow White from the Wicked Queen... offering the poison of a no deal".

"Amid such turbulence, it is hardly surprising that investors have turned to fags, booze and drugs – of the pharmaceutical variety."


“I was so taken by what I’d seen I couldn’t really think straight.”

The Rational Optimist?




How Ironic ;-0

"The longer they don't deal with it, the worse the problem gets," he added."


"The federal government has increased scrutiny of big tech companies in the last two years, especially questioning how the tech giants collect and use personal information from their billions of customers. Many of the huge Silicon Valley companies are also under antitrust investigations aimed at determining whether the companies have unlawfully stifled competition."


Zzzzz ....

bail-outs, recapitalisations and haircuts


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“low level conversations”

"“It needs to be cohesive targeted system rather than the piecemeal stuff at the moment, that is statutory so it becomes funded properly.That’s what county councillors should be saying and the leader going to national government, saying sort this mess out because you have screwed it up.”


Big Ears.


Every Cloud has one ...


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Needles in a Haystack


"The Mayor of the council, Cllr Hazel Lynskey, said that Cllr Chatt would be given an answer to his questions by chief executive Michael Greene, who started his job in August following a selection process which started in February.

The Mayor also told the councillors it was not a matter to be discussed during the meeting.

Following the meeting, Cllr Chatt confirmed to the Local Democracy Reporting Service that the council had referred itself to the ICO last month."