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Councillors Commission and Municipal Journal

The Local Governance Research Unit (LGRU) in the Department of Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University and the Municipal Journal (MJ) have launched a Councillor Commission to explore the roles, powers, responsibilities, tasks, functions and experiences of the councillor.  It will also examine how councillors can effectively govern their local communities and shape the decisions, policies and strategies of public and private organisations that impact on the long-term well being of communities, but whose actions come without the democratic mandate of the councillor.

Working as partners in this project the LGRU and MJ will be taking evidence form councillors and other interested parties until August 2016.  In addition, the Commission will take evidence through a series of round table discussions with councillors, the first of which took place at the MJ offices and the article here reports the event.

For further details of the round tables contact Professor Colin Copus

The commissioners are:

Colin Copus (Chair) (Professor of Local Politics, De Montfort University)
Sir Merrick Cockell (Chairman, UK Municipal Bonds Agency plc and London Pensions Fund Authority)
Jessica Crowe (London Borough of Sutton Executive Head of Customers, Commissioning and Governance)
Councillor Mike Evans (Whiteley Town Council)
Heather Jameson (Editor Municipal Journal)
Jacqui Mckinley (Executive Director at CfP Scrutiny)
Lord Gary Porter (Chairman of the Local Government Association)
Anthony Zacharzewski (Director, Democratic Society)

Written evidence can be submitted to the commission using the email address:


Posted on Wednesday 2nd March 2016

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