Harlow Council | Jon Clempner

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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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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In support of Equal Marriage

Feb 08

In support of Equal Marriage

Yesterday, at the Harlow Council meeting, Councillor Emma Toal proposed a motion supporting the Marriages (Same Sex Couples) Bill that is going through Parliament, and urging our local MP to support its passage. My speech in support of the motion is below Thank You Chair   I want to start by saying that for me this isn’t a political issue and I approach this...

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