Jonathan Bishop has been elected as the parish councillor for Cam East in the 2016 English local elections.
Jonathan Bishop was co-opted as the parish councillor for Lower Cam in 2015 and following a reorganisation of council wards ahead of the elections in May, now represents the Cam East ward on Cam Parish Council.
Councillor Bishop says his plans for his term of office include to increase youth provision in the parish. “I will continue to push the council to replace the Skate Park at the Jubilee Fields with one suitable for all weathers,” he said. “It is also my intention to request the council to open up the wheelchair chicanes to Segways, so they can be used safely.”
Cam Parish Council has also appointed Councillor Bishop to the Parish Cluster made up of local councillors from across Gloucestershire to meet with local government and emergency services chiefs. Councillor Bishop says he intends to encourage law enforcement agencies to think beyond outdated stereotypes. “Much anti-social behaviour results from people being drunk on licensed premises, so I also want the authorities to be tough on pub landlords who allow people to fall out drunk onto our streets, becoming either victims or perpetrators of crime,” he said. “Also, it is the case that domestic abuse is something that affects all sexes, but police resources are allocated in less equal a manner and so with same sex marriage now the norm, I will be seeking that such stereotypes are addressed by those who run the police and emergency services.”
A representative from Suffragents, the men’s rights organisation, welcomed Councillor Bishop’s election and appointments. “Congratulations to Councillor Bishop and his committment to help a better community,” they said. “It is pleasing to note that he shall be serving on the Crime Committee as the area of crime is a major source of frustration to victims and how we can improve policing to reduce the fear that ordinary people have of feeling at threat.
“I am sure that Councillor Bishop will take the opportunity to look into the question of both men and women being treated fairly and equally by the Police in cases of alleged Domestic Violence.
“Too often we have had reports that men are being ignored and that there is a presumption that only women can be victims amongst the Authorities.“
A campaign to specifically monitor cyberbullying in schools has been successful. The campaign was launched by Internet trolling and cyberstalking expert, Jonathan Bishop, when he was a school governor at Parc Lewis County Primary School.
Councillor Jonathan Bishop was undeterred when the Chair of Governors, Geoff Herbert, said there would be no additional monitoring of cyberbullying because he and other governors did not know enough about it.
Councillor Bishop is now the parish councillor for Lower Cam in England, and UK Government Minister, The Earl of Courtown, said that recording cyberbullying is now government policy. “The school census guidance provided to schools and local authorities for the 2015/16 academic year explicitly includes cyber bullying in the bullying exclusion category for the first time,” he said. “Prior to this, the guidance for the bullying category only specifically referenced verbal, physical and homophobic bullying.“
Cam Parish Council has co-opted Jonathan Bishop to be the councillor for Lower Cam.
Jonathan Bishop, who has previously served on town and community councils in Wales, was co-opted to the council by a unanimous vote of councillors.
Councillor Bishop was first co-opted to Llantwit Fardre Community Council at the age of 23, and now the age of only 35 he has served on all three forms of local council in England & Wales.
Speaking after the meeting, Cam Parish Council Chairman, Brian Whitley, welcomed Councillor Bishop to the council. “Jonathan, thank you for joining Cam Parish Council,” he said. “We hope you have a pleasant time with us.”
Some of questioned Councillor Bishop’s involvement in Cam when his home and businesses are in Wales. “I am joining the council as I hope I can make a difference by convincing other councillors to eTwin Cam with my home village of Efail Isaf,” he said. “Through the Emotivate Project I co-founded, young people from both communities who would not otherwise meet can collaborate over the Internet to make lasting change through jointly creating a silhouette mural to be displayed in Efail Isaf, reflecting how both communities see the area.”
Councillor Bishop’s Emotivate Project was first run when he was town councillor for Treforest, and was recognised among the most innovative environment projects at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Love Where You Live Awards in 2014. More information on the project can be found at: http://www.emotivate.org.uk.
Former Cam House School teacher, Brian Cairns, has been co-opted onto Dursley Town Council in a vote of 9 to 1.
Despite having no experience of working on community, town or parish councils, Brian Cairns won the vote of existing councillors, after a secret ballot was called.
Standing against Brian Cairns was Jonathan Bishop, who had previously served on town and community councils in Wales. Brian Cairns, who moved to Upper Cam in 1976 from Yorkshire, emphasised his local connections in his application, whereas Bishop emphasised his experience.
Residents have called into question Brian Cairns’s appointment. Concerns have been raised as to allegations he convinced other residents to gang up on a neighbour when they were seeking planning permission. Allegations have also been made that he lived in London until his return to Cam in 2014, casting down on his claims to be local.