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Standing for selection to be the next parliamentary candidate for Stroud – my experience

In view of the speculation as to why I was not put on the longlist for the Labour parliamentary selection […]

Posted: 14 June 2022

My application to the Labour Party

My application to the Labour Party for consideration for inclusion on the local selection of the Parliamentary candidate for Stroud […]

Posted: 13 June 2022

Proud to lead our district: entering my fifth year as council leader

Last night Stroud District Council held its AGM, I am very honoured to have been elected as council leader for […]

Posted: 20 May 2022

Cost of living crisis is hammering families in Stroud District, we need an emergency budget

The cost of living crisis is hammering families in Stroud District, we need an emergency budget. Inflation is now at […]

Posted: 18 May 2022

Statues and monuments: a reflection on our history

I began yesterday early with an interview on Radio Gloucestershire on the publication of our council report into the review […]

Posted: 22 April 2022

Building Community Power: Speaking at Cooperative Party SW Regional Conference

At the Cooperative Party SW Regional Conference on March 26, I was asked to speak about how Stroud District and […]

Posted: 29 March 2022

“A budget of partnership and collaboration: my speech to Council”

I am proud to be presenting my fifth budget as leader of this council. As we come into the tenth […]

Posted: 19 February 2022

Proud of all our Labour group achievements for 2021

This year we held local elections for our district, and renewed the council’s Cooperative alliance with our Green and Liberal […]

Posted: 31 December 2021

Cornell turns up the heat on Dechan and Baillie after multi million pound dud PPE revelations

STROUD DISTRICT COUNCIL LABOUR GROUP LEADER DOINA CORNELL HAS CALLED on Steve Dechan to return millions of pounds of taxpayers’ […]

Posted: 26 July 2021

Join our campaign to ‘Unlock the High Street’ and revive our community hubs

As part of my work with the Cooperative Party’s Unlock the High Street task force, this article was published on […]

Posted: 16 July 2021

Challenging the Government’s hot air over climate change

Today we hold our final district council meeting before the local elections, and I’m supporting a motion backing the Climate […]

Posted: 28 April 2021

Help us keep up the good work and vote Labour on May 6.

Where we live is unique. From the beauty of the Cotswolds to the River Severn, our market towns with their […]

Posted: 26 March 2021

Labour Councillors letter to Stroud News and Journal criticizing PPE contract hand outs

Dear Editor As local councillors, we hear heart-breaking cases every day from local people who have lost their jobs or […]

Posted: 2 December 2020

“We condemn all racism in our district”

A statement read by myself at the June Strategy and Resources Committee. On the 9th June Stroud District Council issued […]

Posted: 18 June 2020

An Open Letter to the Director of Public Health from Local District Councillors

Dear Ms Scott, We would like to thank you, and the public health team, for all your valuable work leading […]

Posted: 14 May 2020

Getting ready for the pandemic: Amplify Stroud interview

Amplify Stroud interviewed me on 30 March 2020 as the pandemic just started to hit us, about preparations the District […]

Posted: 31 March 2020

Labour needs radical ideas to solve the housing crisis

Here is the article I wrote for Labour List in April 2018 We have a housing crisis in this […]

Posted: 9 March 2019

Declaring a climate emergency: My speech to council

Here is my speech to council supporting the following: To ask Stroud District Council to endorse the ‘Climate Emergency’ announced […]

Posted: 26 January 2019

Councillors against austerity

This letter was written by Labour, Green and Lib Dem councillors who form the administration of Stroud District Council in […]

Posted: 14 July 2017

A Councillor’s Life: Trees, Bins, Visions

‘How much time do you spent on your council work?’ people often ask me. ‘Oh not so long, a few […]

Posted: 11 October 2016

Arguing for remaining in the EU

Four local politicians from four different parties were invited to make the case for and against leaving the EU. As […]

Posted: 22 June 2016

My letter to Labour Party members

Dear Friend I wrote this message some days ago, hoping to send you a positive few words about why remaining […]

Posted: 21 June 2016

An ‘undemocratic diktat’: my letter to Neil Carmichael MP on forced academisation

Dear Neil, As the chair of the Education Select Committee I am sure you have the best interests of the […]

Posted: 9 May 2016

All talk and no action on energy

AS a member of Gloucestershire Climate Action Network I met Neil Carmichael twice this year to discuss measures to combat […]

Posted: 8 January 2016

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