THOUGH last week's meeting of Harrow Council was certainly lively, few of us on the opposition benches, and I suspect those in the public gallery, went away with a clearer picture of Labour's plans for Harrow.

A resident asked a question about crime prevention measures, praising the previous Conservative administration for introducing Smartwater, and asking Councillor Phillip O'Dell what initiatives Labour were planning. The answer given was that they would continue with Conservative plans and, it has to be said, not much else.

It was a similar story when Councillor Susan Hall asked whether he'd delivered on Labour's manifesto pledge to sign up to the 10:10 carbon reduction scheme. A long and detailed reply was given, indeed, so intricate that it wasn't clear whether the question had actually been answered.

Ms Hall asked the question several more times, but we are still none the wiser about the answer.

Councillor Rekha Shah promised to get back to us when asked about the future of Byron Hall, and when Councillor Bob Currie read out a carefully prepared statement in response to a question on housing from Councillor Barry MacleodCullinane, a tumbleweed was briefly sighted in the chamber.

At one point, Councillor Bill Stephenson said, "We will achieve all the things we put in [our] manifesto", which is a bold and confident pledge for any politician to make.

But anyone present at the meeting last week would have noticed that while Labour very much enjoyed their journey to power, they're not so elated now they've arrived.



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