March 28, 2020

I’m not usually an ideological sort. I’m still not. But lots of people have asked me why I’m so angry with companies like The Range and Argos demanding their workers go to work across Basildon, despite the global pandemic we are all facing and the clear risk to life th...

April 18, 2018

These elections are a chance to have your say on eight years of Conservative cuts to public services, failed privatisations and falling living standards.

Tory cuts have savaged vital local services across Basildon. You and your family can often no longer be sure of gett...

January 10, 2018

Basildon Council’s Policy and Resources Committee will meet on 25 January to agree the budget for 2018/19 it will recommend to Council.

It’s always the council tax figure that grabs the headlines – people want to know the impact on their pocket, I get that. But there is...

December 21, 2017

As 2017 draws to a close I can’t help thinking what a year that was. It’s been a whirlwind of activity for me since I took on the role of Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee. 

Basildon Council is now in a very different place to where it was before the annua...

October 8, 2017

On 30 September 1948 Lewis Silkin, Clement Atlee’s Minister of Town and Country Planning, came to Laindon and addressed a large gathering at the High Road school with the words: "Basildon will become a city which people from all over the world will want to visit. It wi...

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Mr Mayor

Can I begin by congratulating you on your re-election to the Mayoralty tonight.

I believe you have discharged your duties with a great humility, passion and a command of the constitution that no one before you has managed since the invent...

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Thank you Mr Mayor.

Whilst the Council no longer has a Leader or Deputy Leader, as the newly appointed Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee, I should like to say a few words.

I would like to place on record at the start my thanks...

Between 2010 and 2015 the country fashioned an opinion of George Osborne that he never came close to deserving. 

In the eyes of the media, commentators and the public he was seen as economically credible and competent. 

The facts bore out a different analysis of the now...

February 23, 2017

Transcript of Gavin's speech to the Basildon Full Council at Budget setting for 2017/2018...

Thank you Mr. Mayor,

Labour remembers well how Cllr Sullivan finished his Budget speech last year on a peroration; about how the council is in a strong place to cope with a massi...

November 9, 2016

I’m currently writing this blog from 37,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. I’m on my way back to the UK from Miami where I have been campaigning for Hillary Clinton in the Sunshine State. Like most people I’m shocked at the result. As I reflect on the campaign, I canno...

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