Well, the dust is beginning to settle, and I'm looking at a few free evenings over the next 4 years !!
I knew I had no chance in the Northumberland County Council elections in Cowpen Ward, and so it was no real surprise that I came a distant 4th there. It is important to stand in the "no chance wards" as every one should have the opportunity to have Lib Dem candidates on the ballot
I was defending my seat on Blyth Town Council in South Blyth ward, but came third, three votes behind second place.
The overall political balance of the council remains the same:-
Labour 12 ( plus 1 but down 1 )
Liberal Democrat 3 ( plus 1 but down 1 )
Other ( UKIP down 1 , Conservative up 1 )
The council has lost some familiar faces - ( and a couple of not so familiar ones as they rarely attended meetings, barely enough to remain councillors! ) and I will miss the work , the chance to help constituents, and to be a part of community governance. .
My personal thanks and congratulations to Councillors Lesley Rickerby, Jeff Reid, and Sandra Stanger , who took the second seat in Plessey ward from Labour. I'm sure they will fly the flag for Liberal Democracy in Blyth.
I will miss being a councillor. With the exception of the few months between the abolition of Blyth Valley Borough Council and the elections to Blyth Town Council I was a councillor for over 22 years. It was an honour to serve the people of Blyth, and the wards of South Beach, South Blyth and Plessey over those years.
As I approach my 60th birthday ( aargh I'm getting old ! ) I will have to consider if I am to try to retake the seat in four years. But for now, rest and concentrate on building up the new venture ... more of which in another post .