25 years service as a Councillor

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Seven years as Bridge ward City Councillor; on top of 18 years serving Mapperley Division and ward, that makes 25 years in total.

There should be award, or a medal, or a grand thank you!  Hey, what about an OBE?
Well, not really.  The role is a vocation and we should expect little else beyond proper allowances, pensions and logistical support.

And there’s the experiences and stories to recount!  And I do recount them.  And I notice people getting more and more bored as I tell, them.

Ah, but what about all the casework and achievements!
Again, it’s what’s expected, and it’s kinda hard to say what is it that you have achieved, without the help of anyone else, especially when you have co-Councillors and work with others.

Ronald Reagan once said achieving in politics and using politics to achieve isn’t difficult, the challenge was in making the achievements something that you alone was responsible for.
There are times when a particular outlook and resolve as an individual can make a difference for the good, but even then it draws upon widely held values and others’ capabilities.

Enough.  Let’s focus instead on what there is to do, take pleasure in ward events like today’s, note that I picked up 6 requests today and say thanks to the hundreds of thousands who demonstrated for REMAIN today.

P.S. Original posting showed 1989 photo with Neil Kinnock, rather than the 1993 elections address.

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First elected 25 years ago

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Photo: Mapperley ward: at the count, including (I think) a future London Borough council leader and a future Professor of Physics.
Proud of the campaigns we ran to take a safe Conservative ward.
Happier then with the depth of political discussion.
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Congratulations too to Brian Parbutt, Councillor for Sherwood who was elected on the same day. He “became the first ever Labour councillor for Sherwood after turfing out the Tories who had held the seat for most of the previous century. The best period of those 25 years were undoubtedly the ones after the election of the Labour government in 1997 when there was new money, new ideas and a sense we really were working to build a better Britain.”

Ken Livingstone enjoys Nottingham’s trams

I want these trams in central London” – Ken Livingstone.

Ken was impressed with Nottingham’s tram system.

Poor Ken: on the short journey to the railway station, he was also told about –
– Robin Hood Travel: Nottingham’s version of London’s Oyster card;
– the Theatre Royal being an example of municipal ownership;
– Bio-technological research in Nottingham – Ken takes a big interest in this cos he thinks gene technology is going to be needed more and more to tackle conditions and diseases, as the effectiveness of drugs starts to wear off in the future;  (Ken had also picked up on latest concerns about Boots, including the recent double-page piece in The Guardian);
– Nottingham’s radical histreh – where the Luddites and Chartists used to live and the first working-class library in the world);
– Workplace Parking Levy and its contribution to the renewed railway station.

Ken was speaking at the University of Nottingham in an event organised by Five Leaves bookshop.

Bridge Labour Party newspaper spring 2016

Crime is down; policing in Nottingham needs a different focus; still making improvements in The Meadows.
How Nottingham benefits from Britain’s membership of the European Union.
Crime reduction in Nottingham city; national government directing money away from Nottingham.
Celebrating strong communities in The Meadows;  how to contact your elected representatives.