Could Southport follow Sutton Coldfield – A new Kind of politics

Photo: Southport Town Hall

Could Southport follow Sutton Coldfield – A new Kind of politics

A newly elected local council in Sutton Coldfield, which has a £1.8m budget, will “stand up against the party machines” and instead practice “community politics” said Rob Pocock, Labour Councillor.

Independent Councillor Claire Bennett agreed, saying “there’s no place for party politics in local politics.”

“It’s not about power, it’s about serving the people of Sutton Coldfield,” said Conservative Mayor Charlotte Hodivala.

A referendum led to the ancient Royal town of Sutton Coldfield getting it’s own town council again after more than 40 years of being part of Birmingham.

Birmingham remains the primary authority but this is the country’s biggest Town Council, and the first in a metropolitan area.

After the first meeting on Tuesday May 17, Dave McMullan spoke with campaigner Ken Rushton, Nick Randle interim town clerk, Nigel Waldron president of the chamber of commerce, Claire Bennett independent Councillor, Rob Pocock Labour Councillor and Conservative Mayor Charlotte Hodivala.

One reader said: “Let’s hope they haven’t sold Southport Town hall yet. I hope someone steps up to the plate and tries to get our town back.

“Finding and supporting community politician would be a start I guess”.

Here you can see how Sefton Councils Budget 


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