Discussing What Makes Up 'British Values'

A week in the life of a local councillor in Chiswick



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Cllr Sam Hearn who represents the Riverside ward in Chiswick, is chairman of the Chiswick Area Forum. He has written this account of his week as a busy local councillor

Cllr Sam Hearn

Friday – 30th January: Early morning meeting with Mary Macleod MP.

Saturday – 31st January: Reviewing the ward delivery network again and contacting new volunteers. In the afternoon pleased to accept an invitation to The Stoop from Councillor McGregor for the Harlequins v Bath match.

Sunday – 1st February: Talking to residents about last week’s Area Forum meeting.

Monday – 2nd February: To the Hounslow Professional Development Centre in Isleworth for a Link Governors’ Meeting. A big turn out to hear an educational consultant talk about the role of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development in the Borough School’s. What exactly are “British Values” and how can these be taught? Some strange ideas expressed about Magna Carta.

Tuesday – 3rd February: Clarifying plans for canvassing and deliveries planned for the weekend.

Wednesday – 4th February: Preparation for the Scrutiny Committee Meeting. A hard task for Officers preparing papers – just how much detail do Councillors need?

Thursday – 5th February: At Canterbury Cathedral in the morning for a thanks giving service for the life of a multi-talented old friend. Home in time for an early evening meeting at the Conservative Office in Chiswick. Finally I slipped into the Civic Centre to observe the proceedings of the Overview and Scrutiny Panel. The purpose is to scrutinise the second tranche of the 2015/16 Budget Savings. Some difficult decisions to be made but encouraging that efficiency savings are still possible.

Friday – 6th February: Preparing papers of a Conservative Association Executive Meeting in Hounslow this evening.

February 6, 2015

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