Well, what a week it has been! I would like to thank everyone in Suffolk who voted for me in the PCC election, whether you were one of the 11,726 who chose me as their first preference, or one of the many who chose me as second preference.
It was lovely to meet so many of you in the run-up to the election, both at public and private events, and on the streets of towns across Suffolk. This is the first time that the Liberal Democrats have put up a PCC candidate in Suffolk, and we are very pleased with the reaction that we have had from the public.
Now that the PCC has been appointed, we need to make sure that he is truly representing us, and hold him to account. Under Tim Passmore’s previous term in this post, he oversaw a reduction in visible front-line policing – let’s try to make him do better for us in the future.
The goals that I set out in my election address are as important now as when they were drafted, and (as I said when interviewed by BBC Look East after the election count on Friday) I will press on with campaigning for them, elected or not. To that end, I invite all of you to continue to share your views with me, on policing and crime in Suffolk, so that I can continue to be your advocate in the challenge of making our communities safer. My website at http://korfanty.org.uk will stay live, or you can email me directly at email@example.com.
Thank you for your support.
We Mid Suffolk Lib Dem Councillors are opposing the government decision to allow the tenants of Housing Associations the right to buy the homes they rent so we are putting the following to the council
Motion to Mid Suffolk district council;
“This council supports the housing charity “Shelter” in its campaign to persuade the Tory government that its plan to introduce the right to buy to housing association properties is ill conceived.
The council therefore resolves to lobby all Suffolk MPs and government ministers to reject this policy as the council is concerned at the loss of such social housing for future generations”
This council has one of its strategic priorities, housing, to ensure there is enough good quality, environmentally efficient homes, with appropriate tenures in the right location.
To have a policy of extending the right to buy to housing associations will not improve the housing crisis it will exacerbate it.
Even the National Housing Federation chief executive has publicly stated “this will have a serious and long lasting consequence for future generations. It will not solve the housing crisis : it will make it worse”
Continue reading Liberal Democrats call on MPs to reject Right to Buy for Housing Associations
After a night of pain where we Liberal Democrats were decimated (nearly) by our coalition partners we faced the electorate’s judgement again on Friday afternoon. Our four councillors up for re-election, Wendy Marchant and Mike Norris in Needham Market, Penny Otton in Rattlesden and John Field in Bramford and Blakenham succeeded but new candidates did not. Liberal Democracy was not the flavour of the day! What’s in it for me and no control by foreigners, Scottish or European, was popular. We will now be a team of just four in a sea of conservatives.
We will of course work for the good of Mid Suffolk and its residents co-operating with councillors of all parties when their proposals are fair and economically sound. Hard working people need fair, fast and efficient services to determine their planning applications, collect their waste, ensure that food production meets safe standards and provide social housing. Businesses need an environment where they can thrive, control of rogue competitors and access to finance.
We will not support the demonisation and victimisation of some segments of the population but will enthusiastically support work to help less fortunate groups get the help they need to improve their lives.
The Mid Suffolk Liberal Democrat Group