This time last year, I was writing about the appointment of James Brokenshire as Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, and his plans to consult on banning combustible materials on high-rise buildings.
To all of our new and returning members, congratulations on your (re)election. The May elections proved the most successful on record for our group, with Independents and Greens fielding more candidates and gaining more seats than ever before.
We have lost many good councillors in what was a disappointing election, where the major issue was Brexit and the impasse in Parliament.
It was perhaps inevitable that the Brexit leviathan would drown out any attempts by major parties to make announcements on issues such as local transport or social care during the local elections.
The ballot boxes have well and truly been packed up, and the local elections are over for another year. It was a great set of elections for us, with an increase of more than 700 councillors – that’s 2,500 now, across the country.