This may brings a super-season of elections, combining local councils with Scottish parliamentary elections and several high profile mayoral seats. We have already seen several new parties arise to contest these elections, and while we do not expect any upsets we do believe there may be impact on heritage policy going forward.
In Scotland, Alex Salmond’s Alba party is strongly independence focused but can also be seen as a more traditionalist counterpart to the SNP’s more progressive vision for Scotland. Alba have attracted older SNP supporters, and may be the best option for members who previously have felt torn between the cause of independence and protecting Scotland’s heritage.
The London mayoral contest is heating up and while Sadiq Khan seems very likely to continue in his post a very wide range of contenders have thrown their hats into the ring. While unlikely to take more than a few percent of the vote, candidates like Laurence Fox have included the issue of the cities heritage in their platform.
The Club can at least say that we welcome public debate on these issues. Historic buildings are a crucial part of London’s heritage, including thousands of privately owned homes. Given the role that the mayor plays in planning policy across London, a real discussion about listed buildings and other heritage assets is a positive step towards improving procedures.
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