Democ­racy needs con­tested seats

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

I WOULD like, if I may, to com­ment on re­cent letters to your editor re­gard­ing party pol­i­tics and Chal­font St Peter’s parish coun­cil.

It seems to me that the elec­tion of Karen Dick­son as an in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor proves peo­ple who have no party af­fil­i­a­tion can be elected to our parish coun­cil.

Many of your read­ers may not know that eight parish coun­cil­lors were elected un­op­posed in last month’s elec­tions.

The crit­ics of the parish coun­cil’s cur­rent com­po­si­tion have the so­lu­tion in their own hands. Fol­low Karen Dick­son’s ex­am­ple and stand for the parish coun­cil at the next elec­tion en­sur­ing, in the process, there are no un­con­tested wards.

Lo­cal democ­racy will be all the bet­ter for it.

JONATHAN RUSH Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil­lor Chal­font St Peter Cen­tral Ward

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