Whilst many of the letters featuring in the papers for the past few weeks have been candidates in the parliamentary and district elections trying to score points off each other. I felt the need to look back at the past 15 years, and pay tribute to my local councillor and friend who is standing down at this election.
Paul Przyszlak was first elected to South Holland council in 2002, and since that time has been heavily involved in local ward and council activities, most notably helping me campaign against the closure of St Guthlacs School in 2011/2012. For a majority of his time as a councillor he’s had responsibility for the finance portfolio and shared deputy leadership with Nick Worth since 2007.
The council forgot to count some of the votes in that year, and the recount revealed that Angie should have been elected and not me
It’s through Paul that I became interested in local government, and stood alongside him and Angie Harrison in 2007 for the Crowland and Deeping St Nicholas ward.
Anyone with a long memory might remember the council forgot to count some of the votes in that year, and the recount revealed that Angie should have been elected and not me. It took a while to get the courts to rectify the correct result. It was the number one trending story on BBC local news at the time .
Despite this situation Paul kept my spirits up, and I am standing again in 2015 hoping to pick up where I left off.
I am pleased to say that Paul has given me the seal of approval, and signed my nomination papers this time around. Whilst he is one of 10 local people to do so, it means a great deal to me that someone who has achieved a great deal helping South Holland to be a more effective and efficient council has shown their faith in me. For me the benchmark is set very high, and Paul will be a very hard act to follow if I am elected.
Finally I’d like to thank Paul for the past 15 years and I wish you the very best in your retirement from politics.