St Edmund’s example: “Ne ahefe þu ðe, ac beo betwux mannum swa swa an man of him”


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!

What qualities do you want in your County Councillor?

thumbnail of 1704 Suffolk Woodbridge v3 So, what qualities are you looking for when you elect a County Councillor?

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 run a monthly open access surgery for Suffolk residents since 2011. I’ve successfully fought for improvements for – and against cuts to –  local services. I have upheld the voice of individual residents at all times and forcefully called the administration’s decision-making to account.

If you re-elect me, I will continue to do this on your behalf

Business as usual: last surgery before the election

Ok, Woodbridge residents – my work as  your county councillor doesn’t stop just for an election.  Tomorrow, Sat 15th, is my surgery, as ever – my last monthly surgery before the May 4 election. I think it will be my 70th!

And it’s *still* the only such surgery in E Suffolk (maybe the entire county)! I guess that’s why I get so many people attending from outside Woodbridge.

Maybe they need to elect councillors who are also prepared to run a monthly surgery? #justsaying

Postscript:                   This surgery was as busy as ever. If you’re not planning on voting for me on May 4th – do check whether your chosen candidate is prepared to give up their free time to provide such a service. Woodbridge clearly requires it!