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Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire are rallying behind the Party’s teenage candidate in next week’s Winterbourne by-election, saying that he would be a “wonderful asset” to the Council and the district’s politics.

George_Angus_Winterbourne.JPGGeorge Angus, who turned 18 in March, is already an experienced campaigner as an active member of South Gloucestershire’s Fair Funding for Schools campaign. He has addressed big public meetings and rallies both locally and in Bristol, and those who heard him have been impressed by his passion and eloquence.

Councillor Pat Rooney, the Leader of the Labour Group of councillors, says:

“Young people are massively under-represented on our Council, so I hope the voters of Winterbourne seize this opportunity to elect George on 22nd June. George has already proved that he is a committed fighter for fair funding for our schools, and he would bring a unique insight as well as energy to the Council. Our whole Group is keen for him to join us.”

 

Councillor Ian Boulton, the Deputy Leader of the Labour Group of councillors, adds:

“Since first meeting George I have been increasingly impressed with his energy and values. He would be a wonderful asset on South Gloucestershire Council and Winterbourne residents would be well served by someone of his calibre and drive.”

 

George Angus comments:

“As a young person raised in Winterbourne, I know very well how imperative local services are for those who depend on them.  As part of the team of Labour councillors I would make sure the voices of those who are too often ignored are heard, fighting the Tory cuts which are so damaging to our schools and other public services.”

 

Winterbourne falls within the Filton & Bradley Stoke constituency where Labour's vote share went up by 15% at last week's general election – one of the Party's largest increases. The by election has been caused by the recent election of Tory Tim Bowles as Metro Mayor.

Labour rallies behind teenage candidate

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire are rallying behind the Party’s teenage candidate in next week’s Winterbourne by-election, saying that he would be a “wonderful asset” to the Council and the...

Councillors in South Gloucestershire are set to consider measures proposed by the Labour group to create a culture of challenge at the council following a committee vote today to refer it to all 70 councillors for decision.

Labour Councillor Gareth Manson proposed a series of measures in response to specific criticism in the recent Inadequate Ofsted inspection report, which stated that:

“challenge to officers has not been effective enough to identify and address concerns successfully”.

Gareth_.jpgAt a meeting this morning to consider the Council’s formal response to the inspection report,  Councillor Manson proposed creating a corporate culture where elected members are regarded as key partners, where members challenge officers appropriately and where criticism is accepted. The committee felt that these measures should be addressed by the full Council of 70 members, and voted for them to be considered there.

Councillor Manson comments:

“The Ofsted report findings tell me that councillors need to be more robust in challenging and pushing for information and that officials need to be more receptive to appropriate criticism. Too often our council tries to minimise its failings and we need to create a more open, less defensive culture here.

I am heartened that councillors of all parties agreed to refer this to full Council for consideration and I trust that they will be as supportive there as they were in committee this morning”.

Labour says culture of challenge is needed

Councillors in South Gloucestershire are set to consider measures proposed by the Labour group to create a culture of challenge at the council following a committee vote today to refer...

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire have welcomed the adoption today of a revised Animal Welfare Charter.

The council originally approved a charter exactly 20 years ago in April 1997 as a result of a motion proposed by Labour councillor Roger Hutchinson. Changes in legislation, specifically the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and other issues to emerge over the intervening two decades mean that it is the right time to revisit and update the charter. Councillor Hutchinson has been the driving force behind the council setting up the cross-party working group that drew up the revised charter that was endorsed today.

Roger_Badger.jpgThe charter commits the council to take appropriate enforcement, to provide education and advice for residents and to influence partners to help protect domestic and wild animals in South Gloucestershire.

Councillor Hutchinson says:

“I am proud to have steered two Animal Welfare Charters through the council in the past 20 years. Issues that have come to the fore such as the danger posed by snares and Chinese lanterns meant that it was time to revise and reinforce the message that our council is committed to the welfare of domestic and wild animals in South Gloucestershire.” 

Labour welcomes animal welfare update

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire have welcomed the adoption today of a revised Animal Welfare Charter.

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