When Gary Porter was elected leader of South Holland DC in 2003, two years after becoming a councillor, the then Labour government was pushing councils to transfer their housing stock to alternative ownership.
Barking & Dagenham LBC leader Darren Rodwell (Lab) has been in the eye of the storm recently when it comes to London’s surge in knife crime. Earlier this month, 17-year-old Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death in a park in his borough, and his community in Romford formed a 2,000-strong march through the streets demanding an end to violence.
This year marks 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which allowed women to work in some parts of the civil service for the first time, specifying that “a person shall not be disqualified by sex or marriage from the exercise of any public function”.
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