Friday, 24 April 2009
Being a councillor
Yesterday I stood down as a district councillor. I have really enjoyed representing my community for the past 3 years and there have been many successes. It is a huge honour and I have learnt masses, not only about my local community but also about local government.
All too often we find that decisions that we know are right for our local area are impossible because of heavy handed legislation from Westminster or Brussels. On June 4th I will stand as a candidate in the European Elections - I see this as an opportunity to help roll back the bureaucracy, unnecessary legislation and financial waste that is so often imposed by Europe.
I am not complacent about this election - I have already visited nearly all of the 58 Constituencies of the East of England over the coming days our candidate team will be helping campaign in all of them - but I do know that if I am elected I will have far less time to represent my area on council issues. My area deserves strong and continuous local representation. A mid-year by-election would be expensive. I know how totally frustrating mid year by-elections can be for voters and I don't want to put my community through that.
By stepping down as a councillor yesterday a by-election will be called on the same day as the County Council and European elections. My neighbours will have the opportunity to chose who represents them at every level of government - bar Westminster.... How I wish that they had the opportunity to make that Westminster choice too!