Full text of speech by the Chairman of NALC, Councillor Ken Browse, to the ‘What next for localism?’ conference on Wednesday 26 March 2014: Good afternoon everyone. I want to start by saying thank you to Freddie for chairing today’s event. As the Chairman of NALC it’s usually my job to ensure our event runs […]

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” – Helen Keller Best wishes for the New Year.

Keynote speech by the Chairman of NALC, Councillor Ken Browse, to the County Councils Network annual conference on Monday 18 November 2013.

Alert students in the parish classroom will this week and next be reading the new Winter edition of the local government journal LCR. Which you’ll have guessed from the title of this post contains a must read article on fracking! Here’s my 20 reasons from the Winter edition why LCR is essential reading, especially for […]

A speech by Rory Stewart MP – who is also Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on local democracy – on the future of local democracy on Wednesday 27 November, at an event hosted by Localis.

In this first in a new series of guest posts, academic James Derounian argues that parish councillors and clerks need training in order to make the most of localism: When parish and town (local) councils were invented way back in 1894, who could have predicted that in 2012 (118 years later!) they would still exist, […]

Once again I’ve not kept a promise to myself to blog regularly. Hence I owe some thanks to some great tweeps like Dave Briggs, Carl Haggerty and Ellie Stoneley for nudging me along recently. So as a quick update since my last post, here’s another rollercoaster ride of events and stuff…… Our Chairman, Councillor Michael […]


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