2011 will be an important year for us all in terms of both local and national politics.
Locally, there will be Council Elections in May. The impact of the reduction in council spending has yet to be fully understood, and will inevitably lead to service reductions and closures of facilities in our area. Never before has there been a better time to get involved in local politics, and having a say over how your town and district are run.
Nationally, the short term effects of the government’s austerity measures will begin to show, and I’m sure we can look forward to more interesting (if not heated) debates, like those on sport in schools, early years learning and university tuition fees which we have seen in 2010.
It won’t all be bad though! Your local Liberal Democrat councillors, Rob Inwood and Elizabeth Freeman, will continue their work hard on your behalf, and welcome your views on local matters.
And in May we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the direction of politics in this country for the better, to move past our antiquated first past the post system into a fair and representational Alternative Vote system. This will be an opportunity not to be missed, and certainly an event to watch!
Wishing you all the best for 2011,
Focus Editor, Royston Lib Dems