Inside the civic

The big news this week, as hinted in my last column, was the resignation of Deputy Lord Mayor Khan as he prepares to once again face the Standards Committee. This is certainly an honourable decision, however why it took so long (and a Labour group meeting) to convince Khan to resign perhaps signifies how unaware certain councillors are about what the public think of their conduct. Continue reading

500 Words Jeremy Dillon, Labour Party Candidate for Stoke and Trent Vale

**Archive Story From 2010 Election**

So, here we are. I’ve been asked to stand in Stoke and Trent Vale for the Labour Party. I’m rather excited. Having moved to Stoke 10-11 years ago, I’ve lived in more houses than I’d care to count, been to uni, been to the jobcentre, and even started to train as a teacher. Life has been busy.

The two phrases that keep coming out of the current race for Number 10 are “Ëœthe New Politics’, and the “ËœReformation of Politics’. The recent scandals regarding MP’s expenses have left people asking serious questions about the integrity of politicians, and it will be interesting to see the turnout. The truth is, people are more likely to vote for their favourite contestant in a singing competition, and find politicians irrelevant to their lives. This needs to change and requires a humility on behalf of those in government to recognise these changing times.

My desire is to see a new generation of young people embrace politics in a way that is relevant to them. 21st Century politics requires a 21st century politician, and that’s why I’m looking forward to standing. During the last twenty years, the city has suffered from the devastating effects of the collapse of industry and it’s time to get Stoke believing in itself again.

In this, its 100th anniversary, we must start to cast aside old mentalities, lack of vision etc. and re-discover our creative spirit in new ways. One of my first goals as a councillor would be to start building relations between
local business and the arts, setting in motion a movement like that which began in Liverpool in the 1960s with the MerseyBeat sound. It was there that a young businessman had the initiative to create a stable of stars that would become internationally recognised, and something I am keen to encourage, whether it be in music, art, or even independent filmmaking. Eventually, I would hope that this would spread to other areas, releasing a wave of fresh talent from the area. The recent promotion of Stoke City to the Premiership
and the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, I believe, have started to get people interested on a national and international level, and we must capitalise on these developments. These new endeavours, I believe will, in
the long term, help to rebuild the confidence of people in the city, and encourage companies from outside of Stoke to set their stall here, creating new jobs and opportunities and securing the future regeneration of a city in
need of hope.

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