Politics can be as tribal as football, or worse, sadly – take that from a Chelsea fan.
The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) starts shortly and provides a significant opportunity for the UK to demonstrate its commitment to meaningful change to protect our planet.
Children up and down the country went back to school in September after 18 months of disruption to their education because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Conservative Party Conference, which is approaching fast, is an important part of our political calendar, providing an opportunity to meet colleagues and ministers, and allowing us to debate and vote on party issues.
There seems to be consensus across local government that the Prime Minister’s announcement on social care funding and reform still leaves a lot to be desired.
A series of successful hybrid meetings have started the new political year at the LGA, with leading members exploring key issues facing councils.
I hope that first readers were able to enjoy a well-earned break from council duties over the summer and spend some time with friends and family.
Like everyone, I have been horrified at the scenes from Afghanistan in recent weeks and months.
Passing a motion and declaring a climate emergency is one thing; doing something practical that makes a difference to the communities we serve is something else.
It has been a summer break we needed, but in the shadow of dreadful disasters in Haiti and Greece, and terror and sadness in Afghanistan.