These are historic times for both the public sector and the Local Government Association, times that call for a new style of leadership and a transformed approach to delivering services.
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We need a break with the past, which means a fitter, leaner, bolder LGA that is more relevant than it has been in recent years.
Together with David Parsons, Andrew Povey and I have put together a dynamic team of Conservative leaders from throughout the country and across every sector. We have a powerful Conservative vision for the future of our national association which we are all committed to deliver.
We pledge a break with the past by:
- Putting the LGA’s own house in order, cutting costs and reducing subscriptions
- Ensuring that the LGA is less London-centric while acting for leaders and councils nationally
- Working in partnership with our Conservative-led government
- Sharpening our communications and giving leaders the support and advice they need when it matters
- Seeking out and inspiring the next generation of members and officers
- Ensuring the LGA Conservative group has a greater influence on LGA affairs
The LGA Conservative group needs new leadership, leadership that understands the challenges faced by Conservative leaders throughout the country, and leadership that can ensure the LGA Conservative group plays an effective role in the affairs of the LGA. We all believe the only way that the LGA will deliver for Conservatives in local government, is by us having a united leadership committed to working together in the interests of local government as a whole.
The Conservative group may not have a majority, but it is the largest party group and it is time that that was demonstrated in the way the LGA is run - in its policies and in the public statements it makes. We want the public face of the LGA to be one of modern local government.
Much has changed in local government over the last year and it is my intention that the LGA Conservative group should refresh its policies to reflect the new political environment.
I have 19 years experience as a councillor, covering all areas of local government activity. As council leader, leader of the opposition, and many years working in a council in no overall control, I understand the challenges faced by many fellow leaders across the country.
I believe the LGA can do much more to support leaders, councils, councillors and do much more to ensure that the LGA reflects the true political picture of local government in Britain today.
The time has come for a new more strident approach from our leadership which champions the cause of Conservatives in local government and which provides a clear Conservative policy platform for the LGA.
The LGA needs to become a 21st century organisation which is fit for purpose. Only strong leadership from a united Conservative team can make it happen.
Rob Light (Con) Kirklees Metropolitan Council and deputy chair, LG Group Executive
LGA Conservative group leader candidate: Rob Light