A new Council

The 2013 Conservative Group on Suffolk County Council

The 2013 Conservative Group on Suffolk County Council

Yesterday marked the end of an era as Jeremy Pembroke, who was the Leader of Suffolk County Council when I first joined in 2006, left the Council Chamber for the last time as he took his leave as Chairman of the Council, having stepped down at the recent election.

It’s a funny thing in life, that you get sort of caught up in the day to day of work, family life and council life, that nothing seems to change but in reality much does even over a relativity sort period of these past few years.

In the Council so many people have come and gone, friendships have formed and been lost, people have pass away in office and new people have emerged to make for themselves different roles. Nationally the picture is now so different from 7 years ago when Councils were frankly awash with money, the economy was booming, albeit we quickly found out with a bump that it was all built on a Labour Party ‘House of cards’ and when it tumbled it did so rather quickly.

In the Council Chamber yesterday we saw the physical manifestation of a changing political scene Labour on the front opposition benches, the Liberals resigned to a supporting role and UKIP sitting slap bang in the middle of us all. As appointment’s were made and opening speeches given I got a sense of what a different Council chamber it will be, and I suspect far more robust that the pervious one when a tired Liberal party mounted such a weak and lacklustre challenge.

Yesterday Labour’s Leader Sandy Martin, now Leader of the opposition, in his opening speech, gave a master class in amnesia, financial crisis ‘nothing to do with us gov’, we are for the people and we need to spend, spend, spend, clearly the fiscal madness that was 13 years of a Labour Government is now long forgotten, as is their 11.9% and 18.5% Council Tax rises when they were last in power in Suffolk, I suspect it will be partly my role to remind him.

As of yesterday my new role as Cabinet Member for Finance and Property was confirmed and so effectively I now grapple with the money the county has available to it over the next 4 years, the pressures to maintain public services, residents expectations, and indeed a new Council Chamber with new Councillors.

Should be an exciting and interesting 4 years.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal, anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Park Farm Cottage, Fordham St. Genevieve, BurySt. Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TS

2 Responses to A new Council

  1. Tony Goldson says:

    Writing about 18.5% does not count.

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