Saturday, January 27, 2007

Dispersal Order renewed

The Northern Echo confirmed today that the Dispersal Order in Nightingale Avenue and Springfield has been extended by the Police until April. Good news. The Order has been effective in breaking up a pattern of long-term anti-social behaviour which has caused real distress to local people.

Of course, if it hadn't been for the Labour Government, there would have been no Dispersal Orders. They were brought about in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003. And which party consistently voted against Dispersal Orders during the passage of the Bill? Why my old friends in the Liberal Democrats. Should the LibDems choose to stand a candidate in Haughton West in May's local elections, (and they haven't done so in recent memory) perhaps they will explain to residents why their party opposed this important measure.

4 comments:

miketually said...

"Should the LibDems choose to stand a candidate in Haughton West in May's local elections, (and they haven't done so in recent memory)", it would make the elections very interesting.

Darlington Councillor said...

I guess that depends on your boredom threshold, Mike...

To return to an old, well-worn theme, it isn't enough to simply put up a paper candidate. As Mike B likes to claim - you know where the LibDems are fighting hard because they put out Focus newsletters. To date, Mike has promised us a candidate in Haughton West,(and apparently there will be somebody in every ward in the town) but without any work to back their person up, it's just an exercise.

Nonetheless, it is good for democracy (in 1999 David Lyonette and myself were elected unopposed when neither the Tories nor the LibDems could be bothered - even I felt bad about that and it was hardly our fault).

There's a lot of breast-beating around at the moment from the parties about the number of candidates they will stand and seats they will win, particularly from the Tories. We'll only really know how the various local contests will shape up when nominations close in the spring.

miketually said...

So if I've never ever seen a Lib Dem Focus newsletter...

According to the Tory website, someone called "Mr Jenkinson" will be standing for them.

Darlington Councillor said...

I was interested that the Tories apparently don't know the first name of their candidiate in Haughton West (clearly they're pulling out all the stops for him).

I was thinking of emailing Graham Robb to tell him it's George. I could even introduce them...