Turning Communities Around

Strong stuff at Conference this afternoon from Eric Pickles & Iain Duncan-Smith and what the Party troops need to hear.

Eric Pickles spoke first and gave clear pledges on the Green Belt and strengthening councils’ powers to deal with traveller invasions.  He said “There has been a lot of press speculation in recent weeks on the green belt. Protecting the character of the countryside is stamped deep into the heart of Conservatives.  Let me tell you; the green belt plays a vital role in stopping urban sprawl and we will protect it.

He went on to announce new powers for councils to deal with travellers who illegally occupy land, frequently over bank holidays when councils are least prepared to deal with them. Local authorities are to be given immediate powers to issue stop notices and to enforce unlimited fines on ose who transgress planning laws.

Iain Duncan-Smith was next to attack the benefit dependency created by the last Labour government.  This was not on attack on those who have chosen a life of worklessness and benefit dependency but on the culture of a Labour government that has encouraged it. This was  powerful speech, full of passion from an ex-Party leader once branded as “the quiet man”.   

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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1 Response to Turning Communities Around

  1. Trevor Craig says:

    No mention of the lack of growth or the double dip recession, so now the party is banging on about cutting benefits and fining travellers to try and convince their own party they are fit to govern. If they are struggle to convince their own a majority is unlikely in 2015 by lurching to the right.

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