Harlow’s Bright Future – the next 70 years

Feb 12

Harlow’s Bright Future – the next 70 years

Jon Clempner This article is a slight update from the one first published in the Heart4Harlow business and community awards brochure in October 2017 In 2017, Harlow is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its designation as a New Town. There were many community events, supported or organised by the Council, by community groups, faith groups, and individuals. They...

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Why I had to go. But don’t mess up; I’ll be watching.

Feb 01

Why I had to go. But don’t mess up; I’ll be watching.

There has been a lot of speculation about why I resigned as Leader of Harlow Council, as a Councillor, and subsequently as a member of the Labour Party. I had not intended to issue a statement, and just move on, making a contribution to the town and community I love in other ways. There has however been active briefing and misinformation, ranging from it was my free...

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Whether to throw my hat into the ring for selection as Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate in Harlow?

Apr 21

Whether to throw my hat into the ring for selection as Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate in Harlow?

Theresa May has announced there is going to be a general election on the 8th June – despite saying many times she would not as it would cause instability – clearly swayed by the siren calls of the national opinion polls – and her internal party management problems rather than the best interests of the country. Since then, I have received many texts,...

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More in Common

Sep 11

More in Common

Today was the Chair of Harlow Council’s Annual Civic Service, in St Paul’s Harlow. In the light of recent events, here was my address to the service, attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, the High Sheriff of Essex, the Chair of Essex County Council and the Mayors and Chairs of a number of local Councils.   The last few weeks have...

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A great future for Harlow

Jul 29

A great future for Harlow

Such is the rock and roll nature of being a local Councillor, I spent the evening of my birthday yesterday giving the ‘State of the Town’ address at Harlow Council’s Main debate. Here is the transcript of my opening remarks. ———- Well, It’s been an eventful year. For the Council, for Harlow, and for the Country. I am going to...

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