De­lighted to see Lib Dem suc­cesses

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Councillor Steve Jor­dan Leader, Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil

WHILE we have not had lo­cal elec­tions in Chel­tenham, I would like to con­grat­u­late all coun­cil­lors elected across the coun­try.

Rep­re­sent­ing your area on the lo­cal coun­cil is a re­ally im­por­tant role and I think it is good for all of us that peo­ple are pre­pared to put them­selves for­ward, even in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.

From a per­sonal point of view, I was par­tic­u­larly pleased to see so many Lib­eral Democrats elected across the coun­try and in Glouces­ter­shire.

It is clear Lib­eral Democrats be­ing the ma­jor­ity on Cotswold District Coun­cil came as a sur­prise to some.

But hav­ing seen first hand how hard the Lib Dem team of candidates have been work­ing in the area, it came as no sur­prise at all.

It is al­ways amus­ing watch­ing na­tional com­men­ta­tors on pol­i­tics try­ing to ex­plain lo­cal elec­tion re­sults.

Clearly what’s go­ing on na­tion­ally does have an im­pact but the whole point about lo­cal elec­tions is that cir­cum­stances are dif­fer­ent in each area and that can eas­ily get missed.

I hope all those who have been on the cam­paign trail got the chance of a de­served rest but sus­pect that will be very short!

With lo­cal elec­tions be­hind us, we are com­ing up to Euro­pean elec­tions sched­uled for May 23.

One con­se­quence of this is that I am in pur­dah.

The prin­ci­ple of this is that in the run up to elec­tions, no one in elected of­fice should be able to use the re­sources of that of­fice for po­lit­i­cal ad­van­tage.

This is en­tirely right but I don’t flat­ter my­self that what I do in Chel­tenham has a ma­jor im­pact on the EU elec­tions and it does have some strange side ef­fects.

For in­stance when the coun­cil is­sues a press re­lease it will usu­ally quote who­ever is po­lit­i­cally re­spon­si­ble for the is­sue in­volved.

But at the mo­ment any quotes will be only be by coun­cil staff un­til May 24 when things go back nor­mal.

Although I’ll leave defin­ing nor­mal­ity to some­one else.

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