Brentwood First

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[audio:|titles=Phoenix FM interview with Cllr William Lloyd, 23-02-2013]

I was joined this morning by the leader of the area’s newest political group, Brentwood First. Warley Councillor William Lloyd and three of his colleagues – all former Conservatives – launched their new group of independent borough councillors last month, and I put it to William that being free to vote on an issue by issue basis and yet part of a formally recognised party could create confusion in voters’ minds. William also gave his views on a range of local issues, including the freeze in Council Tax and the Council’s spending plans for the 2013/14 financial year; how some of the poorest in our community will be affected by cuts in Council Tax Benefit; recent changes to car parking changes; and the perennial question of the redevelopment of William Hunter Way. I also asked him whether Brentwood First is simply a breakaway Conservative Party and who he would be supporting at the next General Election, and for his thoughts on the housing crisis and whether he believes homes are over-priced.

I finished by asking William whether he believes the recent division amongst Conservatives in Brentwood is likely to be repeated at a national level…