Politics from ‘grassroots’

A GROUP set up to discuss national politics at a local level held its first meeting in Kimberley last week and the councillor who launched it said it was a ‘resounding success’.

Cllr Richard Robinson held the first Citizens Focus Group meeting at the Nelson and Railway pub in Kimberley where 12 local people and two politics students from Nottingham Trent University turned up for a debate.

“I’m really pleased with the enthusiasm generated,” said Cllr Robinson.

“Most people had obviously never met but as people got more confident the conversation really started to flow.

“I just hope it goes from strength-to-strength.”

The group discussed plans to replace Nottinghamshire Police Authority with a new Police Commissioner.

Meeting-goers questioned whether MPs should be allowed to stand and if it was right having one person holding all the power.

“People thought the current Police Authority should remain, but become more visible with stronger links to the community,” said Cllr Robinson.

The group is for local people with no political affiliation to discuss anything from transport, education and the NHS to immigration and employment.

Proposals from each meeting will be passed on to Government to be considered as policy options.

Cllr Robinson, who represents Kimberley on Broxtowe Borough Council, said the best ideas come from members of the public and called it a ‘grassroots’ way of involving people in ‘positive politics’.

At the next meeting the discussion will ask how political parties and local communities can help build respect. There will also be a guest speaker.

Anybody interested in attending the meetings should ring Cllr Robinson on 07751 970 640 or email richard.robinson@broxtowe.gov.uk.