I have been a Conservative councillor for Shaftesbury ward in Wandsworth since 1998 and am now Executive Member for Economic Development and Business Partnerships having previously been Executive Member for Health, Community Safety and Partnerships (2010-11) and Executive Member for Regeneration and Community Safety (2006-2010); and don’t ask me why Wandsworth insists on such titles.
Prior to 2006 I established the council’s first Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee and, before that, was chairman of the Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committees.
I have lived in Wandsworth since 1997 and live on the Shaftesbury Park Estate in the heart of Shaftesbury ward. Professionally I worked in the City of London until 2003, before taking a role within London Underground’s finance department. I now work freelance, mainly within the finance departments of public sector organisations and do some work for Local Government Improvement and Development (LGID, formerly the Improvement and Development Agency) as an accredited member peer.
About this blog
This blog started as an experiment and even now continues to evolve.
Currently it’s a bit of a mish mash. There’s a big local government focus, both on Wandsworth and wider local government issues. There’s a bit of news on issues affecting the Shaftesbury ward (although there should probably be more). There isn’t, perhaps surprisingly as a self-described politician-lite, too much commentary on broader political issues. It is decidedly a personal blog – it’s run with my money and in my time – so there are occasional forays into matters of purely personal interest.
Of course, since it’s my blog I reserve the right to do what I want with it!
If you want to explore further (and I would be flattered if you do) then you can, of course, just pop to the home page and see where it leads you. Alternatively, some of the following suggestions might tickle your fancy…
Shaftesbury ward residents might to see all the posts tagged Shaftesbury, since these will relate specifically to the local area.
If you live in Wandsworth then you might like to read more about posts that cover the parts of my current and earlier council roles like regeneration, business, health, community safety or partnership.
I have an interest in open data and for a long time produced crime maps for Wandsworth. Unfortunately people much more important than me have decided that producing such information is not the done thing, so they have ended. However there is now UK wide crime-mapping site available from police.uk which fills some of the gap.
For a while I did post a lot about Big Society and the Wandsworth Challenge although those posts have largely gone the way of the crime mapping, although I don’t think my views have changed much from the posts that remain.
Finally, you might like to take a look at the more general commentary posts I make about politics.
The small print
All opinions expressed are my own, they do not represent the views or policies of Wandsworth Council or the Conservative Party locally or nationally.
This blog is published and promoted by, and on behalf of, James Cousins.