I am absolutely committed to tackling anti-social behaviour in our town, and have made this one of my top priorities.
I have been humbled by the huge generosity shown by local residents for the Ukrainian people affected by the unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine. Just as after the murder of Sir David last year, Southend has demonstrated what an exceptional community it is and how lucky we are to be a part of it.
Although a Councillor since 2018, professionally I have worked in transport, engineering, safety and the environment sectors for the last 45 years and now run my own successful consultancy in those fields. Bringing this experience and knowledge to my council work has been extremely rewarding, but occasionally frustrating as well.
I’m delighted that I can write for the Oracle as the new Member of Parliament for Southend West. I want to thank all of you who voted for me. As your new MP I will work hard to build on the legacy of Sir David Amess.
As Councillors, we are the last bastion of the local taxpayer’s purse. Every penny spent on one thing is a penny that could have been spent on something else.