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The Future of Local Government: speech by E.B.Barnard MP November 1907

By | June 11, 2021

‘The Future of Local Government’: a speech by Mr E. B. Barnard M P at the Shaftesbury Hall, Sawbridgeworth on 14 November 1907
Note Edmund Broughton Barnard OBE JP DL (16 February 1856 to 27 January 1930) according to Wikipedia, was a British Liberal politician, landowner and sportsman. He was an original member of Hertfordshire County Council from 1888, serving on and chairing many different committees and becoming its chairman in 1920 and an Alderman. He was chairman of the County Council’s Education Committee and took a strong stand in favour of the retention of village schools, emphasising their importance to the preservation of village life. Barnard also served on Sawbridgeworth Urban District Council and was its chairman between 1905 and 1907. He died suddenly, aged 73, during a meeting of the Hertfordshire County Council, which he was chairing, on 27 January 1930 in London in the Law Society’s hall.