The last time Rye's Town Council set out to co-opt a councillor, it was because of a row over whether the flag (in the photo above) should fly at half mast after former Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher died. Former town councillor Mary Smith comments on how the co-option process should be as public as possible, and on what else the council can and must do. Local government is an expensive mess and poor old Rye, with its decaying infrastructure, bumps along at the bottom of this mess, she says. Major change may not come soon, but there are things the council can do now.
Euro 2016 kicks off this Friday June 10, with the hosts, France, in action. The following day England and Wales begin their campaigns against Russia and Slovakia respectively, with Northern Ireland among those in action on Sunday playing Poland. Dan Lake reports on the home nations and gives his opinions on who will win the tournament and who will be the top goalscorer