My column in this week's Barnet Press - Cllr Barry Rawlings, Leader of the Barnet Labour Group
The dramatic General Election results in Barnet show an increasing number of local residents believe it is time for a change nationally and locally.
Thousands of votes have been wiped off the majorities of the three Conservative MPs in Barnet.
Many people voted to reject the Conservatives’ dementia tax on our elderly, their devastating cuts to our schools and police that will damage our children’s future and make us less safe.
The hard Brexit pursued by Theresa May and her failure to stand up for the rights of EU citizens living in the UK are key issues across Barnet where residents voted resoundingly in favour of Remain.
Local Tories publicly said that the funding formula that threatens substantial cuts to our schools is ‘fair’ and that the extra police Labour councillors proposed were “not worth the money”.
And they also voted to reject our council motion calling for the rights of EU citizens to be guaranteed.
All this demonstrates a failure to listen by the Conservatives both nationally and locally – and people are just fed up of it. They want things to be different.
It also shows what can be achieved by setting out a vision for the country that is hopeful and doesn’t seek to manipulate people’s fears. Labour’s straight-forward, positive manifesto from Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party was admirable.
We need positive and transformative change to improve our borough and that is what we will be proposing in Barnet for the local elections next year.