At this year’s Bath City Conference I set out my vision for the future of the Council and the Bath & North East Somerset area.
Last week’s financial statement set out the financial challenges we face going forward. But this does not mean we will not be investing in the future or meeting the priorities of residents. On the contrary, I am clear that there are positive opportunities...[read more]
Friday, 20 October 2017
Recently, I wrote about the topic of respect in politics. This week I wanted to return to the subject of respect but to widen the debate. I’ve invited a very impressive young man, Nicholas Nikiforou, 10, recipient of a Diana Award for his tireless campaigning for respect for one another and for his charitable fundraising, to share his thoughts.
I first met Nik at the Princess Diana...[read more]
Friday, 13 October 2017
The arrival of October also sees the return of the annual Children’s Bath Literature Festival and this year promises the usual bumper offering of events.
It’s great, as always, to welcome the.dozens of excited schoolchildren who have been pouring into the Guildhall this week to meet some of their favourite writers.
I’m proud that once again, Bath is hosting Europe’s largest...[read more]
Friday, 06 October 2017
This week’s rugby at the rec was something of a see-saw. It was a really exciting game; sadly we lost by just one point to Newcastle in a game that I thought we had won.
It’s been a busy week, with quite a number of meetings to keep on top of. The Bath BID held its AGM on Tuesday, and I was interested to see the interim arrangements in place to keep things running smoothly whilst...[read more]
Friday, 29 September 2017
Earlier this week Radio 4 was discussing a survey which revealed that 87% of MPs from all political parties faced some sort of abuse during the recent general election, much of which via social media. This is clearly very saddening, particularly coming after the horrific murder last year of the Labour MP, Jo Cox. Whilst robust debate is of course an essential part of our democracy...[read more]
Wednesday, 20 September 2017