Thursday, February 08, 2007

Selected to fight the Shirley Ward on Southampton City Council!

Shirley Union Infirmary pictured from the South in Tremona Road in Shirley Road c.1904.
Picture copyright Peter Higginbotham. Thanks to for a fascinating delve into Shirley Warren history.

Many times over the last few years I have criticised Labour and the Lib-Dems stewardship of Southampton City council, not least on this blog. Well, now I genuinely have the power to make a difference and offer some constructive alternatives as I have been selected by the Conservative Party to contest the ward of Shirley on Southampton City Council.
The ward is represented by three councillors who are elected one per year with a four year term of office. There is what the Electoral Registration Officer describes as a 'rest-year' every fourth year!
Although the seat was held by Labour as late as 1999 when Bill Kearns won the seat, it is a good prospect for the Tories, who currently hold all three seats in the Ward. Last year Edwina Cooke was elected with a substantial majority. The results can be viewed here.
The sitting Conservative Councillor who is standing down due to work commitments is Richard Forbes. Richard has been a very diligent, effective ward councillor, always patient and helpful, so I will have a lot to live up to.
I have produced my first leaflet that I started to deliver today and will be outlining some of my policies as well as musing on the campaign trail on this blog in the fun up to May's elections!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck Matt. I use your pub and think you will be a good councilor. I will reveal myself to you next time I'm in the pub!

10:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck mate. Make sure you win. Put the work into Shirley that you put into Bitterne and you can't lose. You will be a great Councillor. You are one of the most hard working and dedicated politicians I know of any party. And more to the point you actually want to help people and improve our city. Unlike a lot of the self serving and careerist people often interested in politics. This is one of the best pieces of news in Southampton politics for a long time.

8:51 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget to ask ALL your many friends of all political persuasions to help you out.

8:54 am  
Blogger Praguetory said...

Nice one, Matt. Best of luck with the campaign. PT

2:01 pm  
Blogger Ryan Newell said...

We rarely agree on issues,
But good luck in your quest to be elected councilor in our lovely city of Southampton.
UKIP will also be contesting the Shirley ward. Its candidate is David Geddes.

3:26 pm  
Blogger Jeremy Moulton said...

Good Luck Matt. You will make an excellent Councillor!

9:02 am  
Blogger NeilFitzgerald said...

Good Luck Matt!

10:19 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So have you got a campaign slogan? How about:

Matt Dean - ready to serve you.

Or not. Have you ever seen Matt actually pull a pint!


3:26 pm  
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6:18 pm  

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