Ever wondered what a Borough Councillor's role entails?

Ever wondered what a Borough Councillor's role entails?
I did! I was elected as a Councillor for the Lynn South & West ward of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk on 5th May 2011.

A little bit about me:
I have lived in South Lynn for 7 years with my wife and work locally for the Norfolk Primary Care Trust as an IT Manager.

I am a Labour Councillor and whilst the local Labour group made some encouraging gains in the May elections (moving from 4 councillors to 13) we are still very much a minority opposition as the Tories hold 42 of the 64 council seats.

Friday, May 6, 2011


Spent almost all day at the Corn Exchange watching the counting of votes. Never realised how much work goes into the counting of an election's votes and in this particular instance there were two or three votes going on with Parish & Borough Council elections being run alongside the AV referendum.

Results for the Borough Council elections started trickling through at around 2pm after all ballots had been verified but were then suspended whilst the AV referendum was counted (a national requirement that all AV counts were conducted at 4pm).

The results for my ward were finally announced at around 7pm and I both myself and Charles Joyce were elected! the full results were:

Lynn South and West (two seats)

Charles Joyce (Labour) – 546 *

Gary McGuinness (Labour) – 467 *

Geoff Daniell (Conservative) – 354

Val Daniell (Conservative) – 302

Jonathan Burr (Green Party) – 224

The hard work starts here!!

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