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The Power of Local Politics with Paul Deach


In this episode, Dylan is joined by Surrey County Councillor Paul Deach to discuss his journey into local politics and his role in representing the community.

Keep listening to see how Paul does in our innaugral Quick Fire Quiz.

Also, Jacob Wrenn returns to co-host our brand new news segment!

Hello and welcome to the youth talk podcast hosted by me, Dylan, one of the Um my piece of story. I remember the story Youth Cabinet, which represent ten people all across. Sorry Enjoining Things Day's episode and we to subscribe for more Philosophie socials at youth talked spod in today's episode with the county councilor for from the green and Mitchet division called each. Paul has been a county counselor since two thousand and ten was continuing his day job. Professionally, Paul is a digital content marketer and social media consultant with an impressive climent portfolio. During the pandemic, for is set up a voluntary network, since sure, omable words and the rety the essentials that they need. Welcome to the PODCAST pool. How are you today? I'm good dealing then. Thank you for inviting me to do this. Quite excited. I've not done one of these for a while, so thanks very much. Now let's come straighten some questions about you. So Nice and easy to begin with. How do you get into politics? Well, it was really showing an interest in the community that I live in. Really I moved to getting Jim Parking deeca in two thousand and three with my wife, who is from around here. There was a few sort of local issues that were causing a lot of frustration to me as a resident and to some of my neighbors and I decided he'd really just to get involved and see if I could help solve some of the issues. And as a result of that that I started I think called the Surrey Residence Network, which is a but this is even before facebook started. It was a it was a web forum and because the demographic of people that typically live at debtingent part a busy professionals then work long hours, have long commutes and just don't have time really to attend public meetings and to solve local issue. So I set up a web forum so that residents could engage online and we solved most of the problems actually as a result of that, and then leading on from that, a neighbor of mine, really good guy called Fraser row both and who was a critical pet care paramedic on the Hampshire and islewight air ambulance, asked me if I would help him set up a community first responder scheme for sorry heath. That's what I did. And as a result of that I came into contact, let's say, with a lot of local politicians, including our our now MP, Michael Goes. Back then he was an opposition MP. Labor were in government then. So I met Michael. He'd only just been elected as the sorry Heath MP, I think only a few months before I met him, and I met a lot of the local counselors as well, and a suppose that's how I got involved in local politics. Oh Right, thanks that, Paul. See interest actually stemmed from you and dink to help her. What gave you the confidence to actually run for election? Well, as a result of the sorry residence network, I, let's say, was quite well known in the community and had quite a high profile and as as such, a lot of the well all of the local political parties approached me to see if I would be willing to stand for election for those parties. So the local Lib Dem's approached me, the local Labor Party approached me, the Conservatives and you, Kip, they all approached me and then thought maybe that's I'd never considered standing for election, to be honest with you, and and when they all sort of approached me, I thought well, maybe that's something I should do. You often hear people say, well, if you think you can do it better, why don't you do it? And that's that's exactly what I did. I thought I could do it better. I thought that at the time, and I'm this is a cross party as well, not just anyone particular party, but at the time I thought that residents were let down by their representation and didn't have good, strong representation. It was a few years later actually, that are then made the decision to do it because the princess roll barracks in Deep Cup became surplus to...

...requirements and the MoD and now said it was going to sell it off for housing development and that cause a lot of concern locally and I thought that was the perfect time to see collection. Yeah, I guess that you've been looked to the area and obviously set up the three residents network. We're all if the help that you know, and I'm not from around here, as you can probably tell from my accident. I'm from Salford in man sister you know, but fell in love with a friendly girl and yeah, ended up here and I have to say this is my home now and I absolutely love it. I have a daughter who attends a local school. I, you know, absolutely love sorry. It's my favorite place on this planet. I have to say when when I'm involved in the local government, I feel that I'm making a difference to the community that I live in. Talking about the community that you live in, why do you think it's important for young people to be involved in local politics? Are So important and not not enough? I don't think not enough young people do get involved and I can understand why, to be honest with you, you know, young people want to do what they want to do and it might that might not necessarily be excited about local politics. But if you feel strongly about something, if you think that there's something going on in the community that you're not happy about or that you think needs changing, the only way to do that is to get involved and have your voice heard and make sure that your views are put across to the people who make the decisions. And if you don't do that, if they don't know there's a problem, how they're supposed to fix it exactly? Coming on from that pool, can you tell how young people can register to boat so to vote? Obviously, under English law you've got to be eighteen currently to voteing in a local election or a parliamentary election. But just be if you're under that age, just because you can't legally vote doesn't mean to say that you can't engage your local politicians and get your voice heard. I think that's important, important point to make, because even though you can't vote, they still represent you. Yeah, so you should make them work for you. And if you live in Mitchett family, green and deep cut and you have a local issue that you want attending to, then I hope that you would contact me to do that. But once you turn eighteen and then you can vote and you can register to vote as a on the dot Gov website. You can go on there and a register to vote. It's very easy. Just takes a few moments. And Yeah, and I would recommend anybody who is allegitable to vote that you make sure you you do register as soon as you possibly can and then at any election, locally or nationally, you exercise your democratic right to to vote. Oh, very us agree with you that. I think as soon as you turn, I believe it's sixteen, you can actually register vote. The when you're eighteen you can actually vote. I didn't know that. So you've just taught me something there, dellan. So thank you. I didn't know that you're come, but I think it's very important in people do actually register to vote. Paul, as young person, what did you get up to? We involved in the local youth cabinet or did you get down to the Skate Park? Were involved in many sporting events at school? Ha Ha, right. I mean, I have to say it's really interesting you ask that question because my best friend who I grow grew up with lives in a beautiful place in in North Manchester and I went to visit in recently and it turns out that he is next door neighbors to my my old head master at my secondary school, and I have to say I'll repeat what my head master said to me, which is I was probably the least likely person he would have expected to be an elected representative of the community. So No is the answer to the question. I didn't get involved in any of those things when I was growing up. I wish I had a done to be honest. Now, looking back, I wish I had.

I got involved in those things, but I didn't. I was heavily involved, though, in the in the army cadets and in the army cadets, I achieve my gold, you could, Edinburgh Award and did lots of great things actually for the community. So one of the one of the things I used to do every year for about four years when I was in the cadets was to go to a home for ex serviceman, old ex serviceman veterans and serve them their Christmas lunch in my in my uniform, was stay used to love. I gave up my Christmas morning to go and do that for for vet so you could say I was community spirited and did some great things, but not involved in politics in any way. I guess that that really did just pave the way few to become repensative of our community. I think it did. Actually. Yeah, I think that my time in the army could next did in still a attitude of public service and I really enjoyed doing those things. You know, volunteering in the community in those days as an army kid at as part of my Duke of anybody awards game was, you know, something that I'll look back on with not just pride, but I'll lot off on this as well, and good memories. So for your first lucky guest to be involved in a quick five quiz Ho Gosh, I hope, but I'm not very good at quizy dealing, but I'll do my best. So it's from fit the simple rules. You know, one minute to answer as many general knowledge questions as you can. Can say past if you don't know the answer. Right after each podcast will up that the leaderboard and keep your updates on social media or who our brain is. Guests won't be made by anyway. Go ahead, ready when you are let's go. What color it sounds of? Seventy five percent of world flags read? How many teeth? Just slugs? Have No, in correct. Twenty two thousand. Oh Wow. Which constituency elected the first female MP? And sorry, Guilford. Correct. Who is the current doctor? Who? No idea, Jodi whititor. How many heartstalks, but have for incorrect the three. How many parliamentary seats are there in Surrey? I want to say nine. Incorrect. Eleven. Who does a voice over in Love Island Pass in Sterling? which, seeing it, Nick Sport, has the highest point in Surrey? Pass Lee, Phil what is the most common color of toilet paper in France? White Pink. In what country was Elon Muskbourne, Canada, South Africa. Well, that is time. Let check how many got corrects. How many was it? What to you've got to yet. I think that I don't think I'm going to win that due deli. We your first place on leadable at the moment. There's always a silver lining. Yeah, now in twice up all questions. Paul, would you say one of the most important things? But being a local politician is actually, as an an elected representative of the community, I have to constantly remind myself that I represent everybody, including the people that didn't vote for me. Of course, during an election, during the six weeks of an election period, things get very political, you know, but once at election is over and if you win, you got to remember. I think the most important thing is is that you represent everybody,... matter what their political allegiancies, no matter what their views. You know, you have to make sure that everybody gets equal amounts of representation. Yeah, that is quite important, is he being a youth MP, it's quite high treps and quite up the young people as they aren't potentially as engaged as they would be. So I think that communication and actually representing to people who don't vote for you, even if they don't choose vote with what of people don't know about youth politics, you know, don't choose to vote. It's importantly do to reupresent them. Well, it's interesting, Dylan, because not everybody or knows about not just youth politics, but they don't know about local politics or national politics. It's incredible how many people think that I'm there at that I'm an MP and I'm not an MP, you know. And actually at the turnout at the last counts council election, if I remember right, I'm going on memory. I might have this wrong, but I think it was roughly about forty percent turn out. So of the hunt that the amount of people that are were allegible to vote, only forty percent of them actually voted. Now that I think he's and that's quite high. Normally for a local election, to say, it's normally about thirty percent. So I think there's a lot of work to be done to raise awareness about the work of counselors and MP's, but also youth MP's as well, and perhaps that something I can help you with in terms of raising the profile of the youth parliament. So we're have it. Would be happy to help do that. Thank you. pull onto my next question. If there's one thing that you could change about our society as a whole, within our country or within the world, what would it be? A very difficult question that, Dylan, because there's lots of things I would like to change. But if I was going to say one thing, the environment is very topical at the moment, and quite rightly so. I think that people's attitudes towards the environment and their education towards the environment is is pretty poor, to be honest. In general, young people understand this, young people understand the importance of the environment in general, but I think adult stone and that's something that we need to change and there's a lot of work going on right now. I'm involved in a committee at Sorry County Council which is in which he is tasked with changing policies in or scrutinizing the plot environmental policies of the council. But the government need to do more working. This is a global they and I think the consequences of which are going to far outweigh anything we've seen with covid it will put that into a small corner, I think in comparison the long term effects of a climate change and so on, but locally, small steps, I think they're if I was going to change one thing, it would be to significantly enhance our public transportation, because I think that if we did that, we improve the buses to a degree that people could rely on them, they were cheap enough, reliable enough, frequently enough, ran later at night and connected communities better than I think that that would go a long way to encouraging people to get out of their vehicles and use public transport instead, and I think that's the one thing locally that I would like to change. The one thing I would like to advise your listeners about is there is a public consultation, of very important public consultation on going right now. It's the local transport plan. You can find details of that on the Surrey County Council website and I would encourage all young people to participate in that consultation and get their voices heard.

And some of the things that you can input into, for instance, and I'll just give you one example, is active travel, and that includes using the east scooters which currently, I'm sure you are aware, is illegal to use at the moment on yeah, roads and footpaths and so on. Well, you know, if you want to see that legalized and you want to see some regulation around that so that it is legal and you're not going to get it confiscated off the police, then input into that policy, because that would be the place to get your voice heard on that. Think that pull and that link wills to be put into our social medias as well. Great, thank you. And finally, how much work is beer councilor and top of a family life and to job, how much time with Jacks have to commit? Well, that's a good question. There are no rules on how much time I have to commit to it. In fact, the only rule is that I have to attend. In order to keep my seat, I have to attend one formal council meeting every six months. But obviously if you're going to take the role seriously you're going to do a lot more than that. And actually I spend a huge amount of time in my role as but I'm actually a borough counselor and the county counselor. So I have two seats, one at Sorry Heath Borough Council on one a't sorry county council. I would say that a good two and a half three hours of my days is spent dealing with constituency inquiries, attending council meetings, community meetings, you know, telephone call was, answering emails, all that sort of stuff. So I'll say on average anywhere between an hour and a half to two and a half hours a day probably spent with my counsel activities. Thank you, pull it's very interesting to hear how much work ATS has to but do you insight twelve years of some of the people he worked with online, for example doing virtual q and a's and facebook over lookdown? Yes, during lockdown, even long before during lockdown. Actually I've been doing the the online q and as because I felt that it was a really good way to engage the community. You know, I tend a lot of public meetings and it best, you're lucky if you get to three hundred people turn up to those online q and a's. You know there was some a bit that a big church in Camberley over the years where you know, more than two hundred people where if you do them online there's no limit to how many people can attend. So I've done many of these with Michael Gov our R MP. I've done them with Jeremy Hunt, who at the time was the health secretary and then the foreign secretary, but also the MP for southwest. Sorry, and in fact I'm doing one of those with him next week actually. So yeah, do quite a lot of those. Have done them with the PCC, the police and Crime Commissioner, and MP's actually asking me to do these for them all over all over the country. I've done want for Tom to can hatch, you might have heard of him, who's the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. And I do them for myself as well. So if you check out my facebook page, hopefully dealing, you'll provide a link to that. And Yeah, I do them quite regularly for myself as well. Thank you for joining us on my second episode. Pool. You've been a great guess and I'm sure our list is Fernen, absolutely my pleasure. Take care and keep an eye on our social media for leaderboard for our quick quite close. Oh, I will, although I'm not very hopeful. It was great to talk... Paul, such an interesting guest. Now, until recently segment of stays co host, familiar voice. Take welcome back. Hello, it's great to be back on the PODCAST. So what's the format. The stays. Recent news episode. Okay, so we have ten news stories which I picked out from the past week and we're going to random number generate and read out one of the headlines and then we'll discuss this and bring you up to date on what we think the content of the new story. Please look this episodes of corded on the nineteen of September and new events may have happened since recording. Great take. Are you ready to go? Ready when you are done? Right, random number generator here and the first number. It's five. Okay, news headline number five. Former prime minister Gordon Brown calls for vaccines to be sent to developing countries. So basically the gist of this story is all about how but we have quite a lot of excess vaccines supply and Gordon Brown making the case for this to be sent to other countries who might not have as much vaccines supply in order to help them out. You know, I completely agree with Gordon Brown this issue. I believe that quite love developing countries are. I've got to focus on other things rather than buying and posting vaccines, which are very important public health, and those are the countries are now having a lot of covid nineteen outbreaks. It should be very important for us to be aiding these vaccines to countries that needs to support at the moment. Yeah, absolutely, and I think it's especially important in the light of the new variant the virus which get created, because if we're able to share out the vaccines and that means that there's much less likely chance of this happening and then everyone around the world as much better protected overall, and I mean it is very important issue that should be tackled in corodivirus definitely something that's happened to the human race and it's something that it should be tackled not just in division by countries, but by the world as a whole. Definitely, definitely, okay. So that was that new story. What noneuber of we got next to them. The next number is one. Number One, Michael Gove, MP to lead a rebranded department for leveling up housing and communities. So this is all about Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle, which took place on Wednesday fifteen of September, and it was his chance to move around his senior ministers and make new appointments. Missed topic of the story is particularly interesting as leveling up is a central part of Boris Johnson's manifesto, and seeing that Michael Gove is now to be put in charge of delivering it be quite interesting for everyone to see what he brings to the project and how he tackles the issue. I mean, what was the old name of the current department that Michael Gove now heads up? So previously the department was known as the Ministry for Communities, Housing and local government, and as part of this rebranding, it's essentially taken on new responsibilities in order for Michael Gove to take charge of the issue and help Boris out on delivering his manifesto promises. Okay, thank you, Jacob. Personally, I didn't believe that Michael Take your new responsibilities. Is a very stuplight. WELLCVID currently my MP and it's I'm having hard enough time talking to at the moment as it is, and I believe that we will these new responsibillit. That T he's he's taking up. It will be harder for him to communicate the young people with the stituency of sorry heath, so I'd be there's the best idea. What do you think about that, Jacob? Yeah, I totally see where you're coming from on that point and I think that's a concern that many constituents have with other ministers and secretaries of state and the government is that actually they don't get as much time to talk to them about matches in the constituency. But, however, in this instance I do think...

...that it's a good appointment, because Michael Goog has a history of delivering well when he's put into departments and reforming how they're run. So I think that Boris Johnson knows he can trust him to perform well and get on with the job. Definitely Right, Jacob. Under degenerate another random number to see what new story we end up with. Number two. Okay, so this is the news that the PCR testing that you previously had to pay for when going on holiday and coming back to the UK it's going to be replaced by a new system where people with a double vaccine will be allowed to have a lateral flow test once they're back in the UK, and this is expected to cost around thirty pounds, which is match cheaper than the previous system. I believe that this is a good idea for families who are going abroad, especially after having the very privy tests, of being around a hundred and twenty pounds per pose, which is a profoil you for that would be the about five hundred pounds for one round of testing, and I believe they actually that three times sets, one thousand five hundred pounds extra to go away, which is too much. But I think a thirty pounds is still quite short. For some families. They put the exact same test in their house that they can do for free. So that so it doesn't really make sense why they're having to make them pay for these tests. What do you think about this? From Jacob? Yeah, I definitely agree on that point and I expect we may hear some changes to this plan as the government take a look at this and see if there is a more convenient way they can set this up for families. But already the travel industry is seeing a big boost from the plans being announced, with bookings definitely increasing now that the rules are being relaxed. So I do think that this is overall a good thing and it will help out both the travel industry to recover and to help people get away on a holiday. Now we're going to go on to our last new story, which is number three. Okay, headline number three. EU regulations are to be removed, allowing the return of imperial measurements, and this has been a story that's been widely reported in recent days, that the removal was some e regulations by the government after breakit is going to allow, for example, fruit and vegetables to be measured in the old imperial style weights, which is a move that has been met by some confusion by the majority of the public who do not actually remember how this system works, particularly the younger generation, like ourselves, of only only been taught metric measurements in school. So it remains to be seen what the real purpose behind this decision is. I do not know as a young person what I most improvable measurements are not the conversion rates are and the UK need to move down the route that every other country in the world have taken apart from the US, which is go the metric system. But no, they just want to complicate things. It's going to be really confusing for the young people and older people this country to be able to understand the new measurements they were to put in. Absolutely it makes Leer Sense. I just can't see why anyone thought it was a good idea to go ahead with. So hopefully, supermarkets, for example, we'll see sense and choose not to make use of their new found freedoms exactly. And that is it for today podcast. Thank you so much for listening. Thank you, pull and Jacob for joining me today. Be Sure Student for the next podcast episode to listen all about new interesting things that are happening within the country relating people by for now, the youth talks podcast is brought to you by the sorry youth cabinet. Be Sure to follow us on twitter at sorry. Why I see an instagram and facebook at sorry youth cabinet. Thanks for listening.

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