Green Party councillor Steve Rackett installed as chairman of Watford Borough Council

Councillor Steve Rackett was passed the ceremonial chains and robes at a ceremony last night.

Councillor Steve Rackett was passed the ceremonial chains and robes at a ceremony last night.

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A member of the Green Party has become the chairman of Watford Borough Council for the first time in history.

Councillor Steve Rackett was passed the ceremonial chains and robes at a ceremony last night.

He said: "Whatever our religious beliefs, ethnicity, gender or sexuality as people, we are united by our common humanity.

"As councillors in Watford, whatever our political differences, we are united by our commitment to democracy and civic values.

"My theme for the year will therefore one of respect under the title Watford United because we can do more for each other when we come together to solve our common problems and the challenges of 21st century living.

"My aim is to recognise and promote respect and tolerance, civic involvement and community participation."

Councillor Rackett has taken up the position from Councillor Shirena Counter.

During his year he intends to support two charities - the Watford Community Fund and Watford’s woman centre Behind Closed Doors.

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12:27am Fri 24 May 13

LSC says...

Oh dear, a Green.

But more importantly, he supports Watford’s woman centre Behind Closed Doors.

Is Su & co going to organise a protest about this blatantly secretive group? Or are they ok because they probably don't have much money?

It's about the principal, not the money though, isn't it?
Oh dear, a Green. But more importantly, he supports Watford’s woman centre Behind Closed Doors. Is Su & co going to organise a protest about this blatantly secretive group? Or are they ok because they probably don't have much money? It's about the principal, not the money though, isn't it? LSC
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12:36am Fri 24 May 13

LSC says...

I've tried, but cannot seem to find minutes of "Watford’s woman centre Behind Closed Doors" last meeting.

Therefore, by definition, they must be up to no good, possibly world domination.

*Rents field and protests*
I've tried, but cannot seem to find minutes of "Watford’s woman centre Behind Closed Doors" last meeting. Therefore, by definition, they must be up to no good, possibly world domination. *Rents field and protests* LSC
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7:43am Fri 24 May 13

Steve Rackett says...

LSC. you can always apply for funding t rent the field to the Watford Community fund! It is a new pot of funding aimed at supporting charities within the boundaries of Watford.

The WO have not made it too clear what the other project is about.

Its called Behind Closed Doors and will be commissioned by Watford Womens Centre.

It is aimed at teens of both genders and aims to promote healthy relationships, and how to avoid getting into violent relationships.

With domestic violence responsible for more than 25% of all violent crime, it means a lot of resources (rightly) are devoted to dealing with the aftermath. But what can we do to prevent these situations happening? This work aims to help young people look out for the warning signs early in a relationship, before, for example they become too 'dependent' on someone.

So its also about healthy relationships, how to avoid conflict within a relationship So further down the road it might even help with less Police, health services etc needed because we should aim at actually reducing violence.
LSC. you can always apply for funding t rent the field to the Watford Community fund! It is a new pot of funding aimed at supporting charities within the boundaries of Watford. The WO have not made it too clear what the other project is about. Its called Behind Closed Doors and will be commissioned by Watford Womens Centre. It is aimed at teens of both genders and aims to promote healthy relationships, and how to avoid getting into violent relationships. With domestic violence responsible for more than 25% of all violent crime, it means a lot of resources (rightly) are devoted to dealing with the aftermath. But what can we do to prevent these situations happening? This work aims to help young people look out for the warning signs early in a relationship, before, for example they become too 'dependent' on someone. So its also about healthy relationships, how to avoid conflict within a relationship So further down the road it might even help with less Police, health services etc needed because we should aim at actually reducing violence. Steve Rackett
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11:52am Fri 24 May 13

Hornet supporter says...

The postings of this Mohandas character become more and more bizarre.

Well done to Steve Rackett. I hope he and Watford United have a good year.
The postings of this Mohandas character become more and more bizarre. Well done to Steve Rackett. I hope he and Watford United have a good year. Hornet supporter
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12:22pm Fri 24 May 13

John Dowdle says...

LSC: what is the difference between principal and principle? Congrats to Steve and Anna on their "elevation".
LSC: what is the difference between principal and principle? Congrats to Steve and Anna on their "elevation". John Dowdle
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12:56pm Fri 24 May 13

LSC says...

I was being tongue in cheek, people. I'm sure this centre does excellent and essential work in the community.
I was being tongue in cheek, people. I'm sure this centre does excellent and essential work in the community. LSC
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