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Constituencies, wards and local councils

Constituencies (a.k.a. parliamentary constituencies): each electing one Member of Parliament (MP) every 5 years to the House of Commons (Parliament). There are 650 constituencies in the UK. Wards (a.k.a. electoral divisions or electoral wards) is the primary unit of English electoral geography for borough and district councils, county councils or city councils. Each ward elects either one or two councillors to be members of the local council. There were 9,456 electoral wards/divisions in the UK and each ward has an average electorate of about 5,500 people, but ward population can vary substantially. Local council is made up of a number of Councillors (Cllr) who meet regularly to make decisions about the direction of the council and the work it does for the community. As elected bodies local councils are responsible to their local community. Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what they do and how they make decisions. Members of public can attend public council m

Focus Newsletter: Cllr posed beside a pile of dog mess

In this edition of Focus Newsletters (produced and delivered by Lib Dems), Cllr Derrick Tuplin posed beside a pile of dog mess in Humbleton Drive, showing that he "has noticed an increased amount of dog mess on pavements and verges"; he also examined "a damaged bin in Pimlico", which give "responsible dog owners", I think,  an excellent excuse not to clear up after their dogs, because they "have been frustrated by vandals burning out the bin". Good news from Neighbourhood Forum in Mackworth, the local police were pleased to announce the lowest crime figures for 10 years. According to Wikipedia , "there are some gangs still around this area, namely CLF, the Mackworth Manz and Mackworth Mafia". I didn't know this before I move to this area, and shocked by my finding. Mackworth Forum meets in the community Centre, Prince Charles Avenue at 7 pm 21 April, 16 June, 18 August, 20 October, and 8 December.

Small Dingy Slum Community called "China"

Miss Calder's Children, A Social History of Belper. Biography and Critique on Mondern Education, by Narvel S. Annable, Belper, 1997. In this book (page 35) Narvel Annable sympathetically and vividly describes a "notorious yet celebrated small dingy slum community called 'China'. This slum community was not far from where little Narvel lived, it was "directly over the road", near the railway line. These foul poverty stricken cottages was removed in the late 1930's to make way for the construction of the oil refinery. As a Chinese, I am quite sensitive to anything about 'China'. It's quite interesting that people in Belper called their city slum community 'China'. Narvel Annable recorded several stories from this 'China'. In that time, people from different social classes seemed never to mix up, you might find the ugly faces of snobbery everywhere. [A girl lived] at the family business in King Street, S.T, Clay Milliners and