Bridget Harris LB Brent Changing role of the councillor in 2010 May 16 th 2010
The hardest thing in politics... ...is getting elected.
ALL NEW AND IMPROVED FORMULA FOR 2010 Lose touch with friends and influence too many people! exhaustion guaranteed The views expressed on this soap box will not necessarily always be those of the individual or organisation concerned. Views may change at any time according to hindsight and the fiscal outlook. BECOME A POLITICIAN!
third sector participation Funding for sector totalled £9.2 billion in 2003/4 Over 22 million people are participating in a voluntary group (Home Office figures 2001) “ mutualism” “ big society” “ community politics”
Run the council SCRUTINISE THE COUNCIL Champion your residents Raise local grants Empower people Talk to people Introduce exciting policies Recruit volunteers Challenge doubters Manage crises Listen to people Lead on the design of your local future Community leadership Contest the political space Inspire officers role of elected members ?
Sit in long meetings Wonder why you're there Feel stressed Get bogged down in detail Read too much, too often or too little Manage failure Defend the status quo Assume there are only three options Focus on internal structures Get detached from your 'politics' Lose touch with residents Lose perspective Fight with people Be criticised Memorise the corporate plan
3 must haves 3 must nots role of elected members ?