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.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Running... in more ways than one

Spent much of the past few months spending every minute of my spare time preparing for two events that will both be over by the end of the next 7 days.

First up, today, my first ever 10km road race in the Grand East Anglia Run through the streets of King's Lynn. I will be running in aid of the Norfolk Hospice and I am aiming to complete in less than an hour. Visit www.justgiving.com/Gary-McGuinness for further details.

Then comes the main event, the Borough Council elections on Thursday. There are five candidates contesting 2 seats on the council, myself and an experienced candidate, Charles Joyce for Labour. One of the incumbent councillors, Geoff Daniell and his wife Val standing for the Conservatives and Jonathan Burr a Green candidate.

I still have some leaflets to deliver to residents in West Lynn before the election, I only hope I am able to walk after the exertions of today's run.

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