On the day of last Thursday’s election, I was phoning people in Old Glossop ward to ask who they would be supporting in both the national and local elections. I happened to call a certain Mr David Jones, I said I would be sending a letter to him either offering thanks to residents on being re-elected or a letter on being unsuccessful in my re-election bid. Sadly, given the result in Old Glossop, I am writing this letter due to the latter.
I would like to thank all the people in Old Glossop who voted for me and Moira Cunningham. I would like to thank my wife, Dawn and my children, Kyra and Daniel for all their love and support. I would offer thanks to the people of Old Glossop, from 2011 to 2015, I always worked hard for residents in Old Glossop and I will continue to do so. Thanks to all (residents and council officers) who have helped, supported or challenged me – I have learnt so much. Finally, I would offer special thanks to Chris Webster, he always worked hard for the residents of Old Glossop and I thank him for all his advice and support.
I am proud to have been part of a Labour Group, which, despite being a minority administration left more money in the councils coffers, upheld full council tax benefit, made no council tax rises, brought our council houses back into the council, bringing High Peak’s Local Plan to near compilation and creating more allotments.
I look forward to spending more time with my family, finishing the decorating, being a School Governor at the Duke of Norfolk and a trustee at Glossop Volunteer Centre. I will also be involved as the Labour Party begins to re-build a ‘Bigger Tent’ which people – who ever they are – can put their trust in.
Finally, I wish Jaime Douglas and Paul Hardy the best of luck and success as they start their roles as elected members for Old Glossop.