Philip Glanville (Lab), mayor of Hackney
At a time when local government is facing some of the biggest challenges in our history, it is absurd that councils like ours should be forced to spend time and resources fighting for the right to communicate regularly with the communities we serve.
Since 2010, and the dawn of austerity, councils have been fighting valiantly on a number of fronts to maintain influence as well as services, but there is one area where we may have given up too easily, and that is education.
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