Here is a letter I wrote to Northampton Chronicle and Echo recently:
I am greatly concerned about the impact of Brexit on the United Kingdom but particularly for Northampton. Northampton needs to do trade with the rest of Europe as we have many European businesses located here. It is too early to say what the real impact will be and I guess we won’t know the full consequences for years, if not, decades to come.
I suspect many businesses are waiting to see what kind of Brexit deal will happen before they make up their mind whether to relocate somewhere else in Europe. We won’t get a good Brexit deal because many of the Europe sceptics inside the ruling Conservative Party won’t let Teresa May have a good deal. They don’t want to be a member of the single market, cooperate with our European neighbours on climate change or even have anything to do with Europe at all.
Europe gave a lot of consumer and worker rights but I am now fulling suspecting these to thrown away once Theresa May triggers Article 50. Maternity rights and the length of our working work were regulated by the European Union. Once we have left the Tory Government will scrap these hard won rights in the workplace to satisfy global corporations. I think austerity and cuts will get worse once we have left the EU.
As a Labour Party member and Councillor I campaigned in our town for a ‘remain’ vote on 23rd June but we have to respect democracy and therefore the outcome. However, it is a decision that I believe as a town will come eventually to deeply regret.
Cllr Nazim Choudary
Labour, St Davids Ward
Here is a letter I wrote to Northampton Chronicle and Echo recently: I am greatly concerned about the impact of Brexit on the United Kingdom but particularly for Northampton. Northampton...
What happened to all the hype on unitary status for Northampton? A few months ago the political establishment in Northampton got themselves really excited believing that local government reorganisation was back on the agenda. Now this unitary status talk for Northampton has disappeared again probably only resurface in a couple of years.
For the past twenty five years it has been a long running frustration that unlike other large urban areas Northampton does not have unitary status. Unitary status is where there is just one Council for the area that does everything rather than having two councils (a Borough Council and a County Council) that deliver different services. If our great town is going to compete with other large towns and cities in attracting businesses, investment and visitors then we need both our Councils working closely together. Unfortunately Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council have never really seen eye to eye, even when they have been controlled by the same political party. Relations between the Borough Council and County Council have ranged from grudging reluctant partnership to outright hostility between the two. I am biased but it is usually the County Council’s fault!
Leicester, Derby and Milton Keynes were granted unitary status in 1997. Bedford obtained this privilege in 2009. These places now have just one council that can deliver truly joined up and integrated public services. They have just one set of councillors as well. Here in Northampton we have two sets of politicians, Borough Councillors and County Councillors. The present two tier system is wasteful and out dated for the modern world. Anybody must surely see that having just one Council rather than two means less bureaucracy and more efficiency.
So as unitary status for Northampton falls away from the headlines once again those of us who believe it is the way forward must continue to make the case. Northampton should have a unitary council with town boundaries extended to take in developments like Grange Park and Buckton Fields.
Cllr Nazim Choudary
Labour, St Davids ward
What happened to all the hype on unitary status for Northampton? A few months ago the political establishment in Northampton got themselves really excited believing that local government reorganisation was...