Cllr Peggy Mitchell?

The really big local government news this week is that Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders is standing as a councillor. Too early to know if she’ll get elected or whether the BBC will play it straight or for laughs.

No doubt some will think this is pretty frivolous, but given a general lack of recognition of the role of councillors amongst the public – and this was a theme re-iterated at the recent national launch of the be a councillor campaign – I think it could be a really interesting bit of profile raising.

We’ll keep watching, purely from professional interest of course!

    1. emma stewart says:

      Actually the Be a Councillor campaign worked with the BBC drama department on developing that storyline, so it hasn’t happened just by chance. However, like you say, there’s no way of knowing quite how the storyline will turn out. Let’s hope it’s generally positive though.

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