Cheltenham 2020: Your guide to local politics

Jaimie Redgwick hates politics and that’s why we think she was the best choice to break down all the politics jargon.

If you’re anything like me, politics is not your second language. With Brexit and climate change becoming every day terms, I guess it’s time we start to learn. So, let’s start with something simple.

Local government:

Most people think that local government is not important and most certainly dull. And while I can agree that it is dull, it is actually the politics that arguably affects you the most in your day to day life. Everything is politics, for example going to school that is funded by the local government or putting out your bins for collection that is organised by the local government.

Here in Cheltenham we have a two-tier system. This means that we have our county council, Gloucestershire County Council and our district council, Cheltenham Borough Council. Each of these councils have different responsibilities that affect everything we do in Cheltenham.

Who is the MP of Cheltenham?

The MP for Cheltenham is Alex Chalk, a member of the Conservative party. With the possibility of an early general election (because Brexit may be delayed even more) we need to know that Alex Chalk’s main opposition is Max Wilkinson from the Liberal Democrat party.

An MP has the responsibility to represent what their constituents want, what their party wants and what Parliament wants. This means they are usually in the firing line and face a lot of backlash from different groups of people.

Cheltenham in 2020:

With Brexit scheduled to happen on the 31st of October 2019 and a general election heading our way, it looks like things will definitely be changing next year.

When discussing the general election, Alex Chalk said:

“We are not going to be a priority under a Labour government, so that is a real concern. But then of course, the whole spectre of Brexit, we just don’t know how that’s going to influence people”.

He went on to say:

“There’s a lot of investment that has come into Cheltenham because it has been a priority, and I don’t have any confidence that that would continue under a Labour government”.

Depending on the results of a general election, it could mean big changes for Cheltenham perhaps starting with Max Wilkinson becoming our new local MP. He said:

“We are going to be investing £100 million in homes for young people and families over the next few years and of course, we’ve declared a climate emergency. All of these things are very much at the heart of Liberal Democrat values”.

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