Democrats pick County Council candidate for Burnham North
Liberal Democrats in Burnham-On-Sea have this week announced town
councillor Helen Groves will be standing as a candidate during
the county council elections next May.
pictured, has been selected as the Burnham North candidate against
incumbent Conservative County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am delighted, though very humbled,
to have been selected to stand for Burnham. I care deeply about
the community in which I and my family live and I recognise in
these difficult economic times our town faces many challenges."
share residents' concern for our High Street and services upon
which we all depend and believe it is crucial that our business
community, the very engine of our economy, is given the support
added: "I understand that politics should never be more important
than the people of this town. As a town councillor I do all that's
possible to give my community a voice, but many of the concerns
residents express to me are issues under the direct control of
our County Council. Should I have the opportunity to represent
you I promise I will take your concerns and your voices to County
my time as a councillor I have heard many people allude to a Burnham
- Highbridge divide. I do not believe such a divide exists within
our communities, our interdependent economy, nor the cultural
and social heritage of our towns."
strongly believe in the current economic climate it is crucial
to the survival of both towns that those relationships are built
upon and as your representative I would strive to build those
upon links for the benefit of all."
Lib Dem MP Tessa Munt has expressed her support of Helen Groves,
saying: "Helen isn't a politician, she's just a local woman
who wants to get the very best for our area."
lives here and knows the issues that concern you. I know Helen
and she has the time, energy and enthusiasm to make a real difference
for our area. She will be a first rate councillor who will always
put representing you before party politics."
Liberal Democrat Leader Joe Leach, who is also a candidate for
the County Council election in Highbridge and Burnham South, added:
"I have never known a more passionate person in my time in
local politics. Helen works hard for her community and it's been
a privilege to work with her so far. I hope to work alongside
her at County Hall next year."