United Kingdom: The member of parliament for North Devon, Selaine Saxby, encouraged everyone to get out there and vote on May 4 at the new North Devon District Council Elections. Saxby has been the MP and the District Councillor for Instow for the last four years.
“With new North Devon District Council Elections on May 4, there will be new people standing across North Devon and, by May 5, a new councillor for Instow as well,” said the MP.
She said she has seen and experienced what North Devon Council has done over the last four years. The pandemic was a truly awful and challenging time for everyone. Both Devon County and North Devon Council had to deal with a massive amount of work, much of which had never been done before, and the government gave vast sums of money to them to help families and businesses. Selaine Saxby added that the real praise needs to go to all the council officers, who, like their MP, were flying blind into a tornado.
The MP for North Devon expressed her thanks and paid tribute to the councillors standing down, some after many years of service.
“We may disagree with our elected representatives on many things, but anyone who puts themselves forward for any party or none and serves their community deserves respect. It is not an easy job; not everyone can do it, and sometimes you have to make or stand by controversial decisions, sometimes ones that you do not agree with, some that you passionately agree with, but others disagree with you, and that is hard,” added MP Saxby.
She said that one should not forget the Town and Parish Councils either. As lockdowns came into effect, they were the first to be able to rally themselves and the communities to help vulnerable households. They never needed to prove themselves, but they shone in adversity as the rock from which communities are built and maintained.
“Thank you to everyone who has served, and well done to everyone standing up to do the same,” she highlighted.
“There are important issues, and I encourage everyone to get out there and vote. Please remember that voters will need to show ID this year when voting at a polling station,” concluded the MP.