Analysis

Halting a rise in hatred

Halting a rise in hatred
By Ann McGauran | December 1, 2021

What can be done to deter incidents of abuse and harassment of local politicians and to sanction those responsible? Ann McGauran reports.

  • A unique moment in time

    December 1, 2021

    At The MJ’s recent Future Forum, BT outlined the immense opportunities digital and online services are currently offering councils – and the chance for true innovation must be taken.

  • The social state

    December 1, 2021

    COVID-19 restrictions may have been lifted but a new report by Demos and Capita, launched at The MJ Future Forum, revealed people are less likely to make and build new relationships now than they were in the first lockdown.

  • Reasons to be cheerful

    By Heather Jameson | December 1, 2021

    The MJ and Penna’s annual survey of council chief executives reveals resilience and the ability to adapt have become reasons for the sector to celebrate, yet respect and recognition outside the sector is still lacking. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Selling Stoke’s narrative

    By Heather Jameson | November 24, 2021

    Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Cllr Abi Brown, talks to Heather Jameson about her journey to the top and what she has learned about winning red wall seats.

 
 

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