It’s Our County is a new kind of political party.
We are based in Herefordshire and have no affiliation to any national party. This means we understand local issues and local solutions. It also means we can work with whoever we need to in order to get the best deal for our county. Our policies are driven by local needs, not London politics.
As a party of local government, It’s Our County will work within the basic structures of national policy, but break the hidden links between national party agendas and local decision making. By tapping into the wealth of energy, skills and local understanding within our communities, we can create a healthier and more effective local democracy. Successful local government depends on ongoing conversation between communities and the people that represent them. It’s Our County is built to be participative and responsive, and developing this conversation will be a cornerstone of our work.
Overcoming the disengagement and cynicism which so many people currently feel towards ‘the Council’ will require big changes in how local politics is often done. We think those changes are long overdue. That’s why we promise to stick to our core values:
Honesty – being truthful and acknowledging all the evidence, even if that means reconsidering our position.
Clarity – being open about what we believe in, using clear language, and avoiding jargon.
Transparency – no hidden deals, no vested interests, and a commitment that public consultation will be genuine, not manipulated to get a particular response.