There’s a long standing curse, which despite popular belief is not Chinese in origin (So says Wikipedia… -Ed), that goes, “May you live in interesting times”. However you feel about Jeremy Corbyn’s landslide election as leader of the Labour Party and the present direction upon which the party is embarking, it’s impossible to deny that these are certainly interesting times.
In a move which will surprise absolutely nobody, veteran Labour councillor David Norman has been re-selected by local Labour Party members to contest Victoria ward in the 2015 local elections.
I say that it will surprise nobody, because David is one of the best orators in the chamber, and has achieved more than almost any other councillor in the last year of his term. David is presently a member of the cabinet, with responsibility for Adult Social Care, Health & Housing. In that role he has overseen the building of the first council housing in Southend since the 1980s, as well as a review of the previous Tory administration’s decision to close care homes.
Regardless of your political position, David has been an unambiguous force for good, and a benefit to the town of Southend-on-Sea.
“I have been privileged to have represented the people of Victoria for the past 14 years and have always sought to ensure that their views are heard in the Council Chamber. I have also helped many hundreds of residents with their problems. I would welcome the opportunity to serve for a further term.“
Until very recently David was my local councillor. I have never found him to be anything but principled, hard-working and dedicated. He has served his residents diligently for fourteen years, and I hope that they will give him the chance to do so for four more.
As some will remember from my blog a little while back, Denis Garne is the Conservative Party candidate for Victoria ward this year. His history in Southend politics was interesting to say the least, as I discovered.
Now, I am standing for election in West Shoebury (an area of Southend to which I do have links — my fiancée’s entire family living in the ward) but I live in Victoria. So unsurprisingly, last week a blue-and-white glossy leaflet for Mr Garne’s campaign dropped through our letterbox.
It makes for interesting reading. For the most part it is exactly what you would expect from any party political literature at election-time. But given Denis’ political past, there are some…shall we say interesting statements contained.