Local elections are far more than just a mid-term referendum on the incumbent central government. They are an opportunity to decide how your local services are run, and how much you pay for them.
Councils perform so many essential public services, from collecting the bins to processing planning applications.
Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has welcomed a government review on the impact of technology, in particular social media, on children’s mental health and wellbeing. This review will examine, among other aspects, recent efforts made by companies with regards to age verification, screen-time limits and cyber bullying.
This follows on from a letter written six months ago by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt MP, challenging social media companies to take voluntary action.
As a conservative I am especially pleased by this government’s recent record on ensuring that our air clearer, our animals safer and our fields and seas more pristine.
After all, the countryside is one of the things that makes Britain great, and to be a conservative means, in Benjamin Disraeli’s words: ‘to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad.’ This applies to the environment as well and I sense a great determination in this government, and in particular by Michael Gove, to leave the environment in a better state for the next generation.
This week the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will be held jointly in London and Windsor.
The theme of this summit will be young people and how to ensure a secure, sustainable and prosperous future across the Commonwealth.
Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has welcomed the Government’s recent reforms to the Horserace Betting Levy, which ensures a level playing field for betting shops and increases investment in grassroots horseracing.
From April 2017 online and offshore operators will be required to pay a levy on the profits made from bets on horseracing on parity with high street betting shops.