…it’s about turning up for the meetings, inside and outside of the council chamber.
Word reaches me from the Local Community Meeting for Blenheim Park ward (also covering the wards of Prittlewell, Westborough and Chalkwell) last night, where residents and interested parties get to question local police about pertinent issues.
Sadly I was unable to make it to this particular meeting. Which is part of the advantage of being in a party — even despite my absence, Labour were represented through one councillor and a few activists. The Conservatives, too, had representation from both councillors and campaigners, and the Lib Dems from activists (Well, they don’t have that many councillors left… -Ed)
My little birds tell me that UKIP have never attended one of these meetings, despite crime and justice allegedly being a core concern of theirs, and having two councillors in the wards covered. The Greens, too, were conspicuous by their absence.
Both are parties who are fond of big statements, but it’s more often the smaller, less glamorous end of the spectrum like this which makes the most difference in the lives of voters. Just something to think on.