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 13, 2011

letter to the editor

Got home from a very tiring day at work to discover that my letter (below) to the Lynn News had been published...

Dear Sirs

Having been involved in my first election campaign over the past few months, culminating in Thursday's election and Friday's count, I feel it is important to express gratitude to the dozens of staff and volunteers who worked behind the scenes to make the election happen. In particular, I was impressed at how professional the vote counting was; in the face of scrutiny from candidates, agents and other interested parties the counting staff just got on with what in some instances was a very difficult task, counting votes for multiple councillor wards and in a few cases, being asked to re-count. A mention should also go to those who staffed the polling stations on Thursday and the very efficient Democratic Services team at the Borough Council. All of those who stood for election, whether successful or not, would have been quick to express gratitude to their colleagues and helpers when the results were announced but without the hard work of all of those behind the scenes, elections such as these would not happen so smoothly.

Yours faithfully

Gary McGuinness
Newly Elected Borough Councillor for South & West Lynn
longside my copy of the Lynn News, I also received a letter from the Borough Councillor with several references to me with a mis-spelt surname!

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