As one of the Liberal Democrat councillors elected to Suffolk County council this month, I’m happy to announce that we will be joining forces with the Suffolk County Council Green and Ind ependent councillors for the 2017-2021 electoral term to form the SCC LibDem, Green and Independent Group.
This will allow all LibDem, Green and Independent councillors better representation on county council committees than could otherwise have been possible – which wilĺ make us much more able to hold the administration to account and to bring our constituents’ concerns to the fore.
The group will also be eligible to have the support of a group researcher.
We will however continue to retain our individual party identities within the group.
Thank you, Woodbridge, for the confidence you have shown in me by electing me to represent you for another four years.
It is a privilege be chosen to serve you and i will continue to work with you to make our town the best place it can be for all of us to live in.
For those interested: Woodbridge polled 47% of the electorate – well above the 37-38% average across Suffolk, and the highest in Suffolk Coastal. (In the last county council election, in 2013, Woodbridge had a 42% turnout). Not a single spoiled paper was recorded. I am immensely proud of both of these facts: it shows the town has a very committed and enthusiastic electorate.
As regards numbers, I polled 51% of the vote (1,547)- a significant increase on the 42% of the vote I polled in 2013. Conservative vote was 1,041; Labour, 254; Greens, 113; UKIP, 55.
Today, May 4th, is the date of the local elections. You are voting to elect your county councillor. So, what qualities are you looking for?
A local candidate? One with years of experience? Someone with a track record of hard work, and practical activism? Someone who is prepared to fight your corner?
I am standing for election for a fourth term in the town I have made my home for the last 25 years. I’m the only county councillor in East Suffolk – maybe in Suffolk – to have been running a monthly open-access surgery for Suffolk residents since 2011. I’ve successfully fought for improvements to local services – and against cuts. I have upheld the voice of individual residents at all times and forcefully called the administration’s decision-making to account.
I can’t promise to solve every problem – but I can promise to listen, to support, and to do my very best to help you. I can also promise that if you re-elect me, I will continue to work indefatigably on your behalf.
It’s your town, it’s your vote, it’s your decision. I’m asking you to trust me to respect all of these things and to put your vote to best use by voting for me today.
I’ve been out & about in Woodbridge even more than usual, knocking on your doors, delivering letters, knocking in stakeboards, running stalls in the Thoroughfare and answering questions as much as I could in the run-up to this election -although sadly a close relative has been in v poor health and I’ve had to keep her with me most of the time, poor thing. O the unexpected and unfair perils of being related to a local politician!
On Bank Holiday Sunday she was bluelighted to hospital in dramatic circumstances. Huge thanks to first responders, the ambulance service and Ipswich hospital for ensuring it was nothing worse.
I’ll do my best but I may not be able to be on anyone’s doorstep before Thursday’s vote.
If so, do accept my apologies: these are circumstances beyond my control. I maintain that it is my role as a hands-on family carer that enables me to understand and represent so many local residents and issues.
In Suffolk, some think that our St Edmund should be England’s patron saint. Let’s remember what Ælfric said of Edmund, that he held to the maxim “Gif þu eart to heafodmen geset, ne ahefe þu ðe, ac beo betwux mannum swa swa an man of him“ (‘If you are placed in a position of authority, don’t become puffed up, but continue to behave like one of the people’ – Sirach 32:1).Seems to me there are a lot of people – in Suffolk and out – who could benefit from this counsel!