I want to thank all those who trusted me to represent you as a councillor for Bramcote on Broxtowe Borough Council for all that time. I have thoroughly enjoyed this last year, as the Mayor, so thank you again for putting me in a position so that I could experience all the great things that happen in the whole of the Borough of Broxtowe. It has been a great privilege to meet with so many of you and encourage you in all the good things that you do.
As I step down I know that I am leaving Bramcote Ward in good hands with three excellent candidates. My two Liberal Democrat colleagues Ian Tyler and David Watts have served with me as Bramcote councillors for many years, and have been excellent representatives for you. David is also the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group and both Ian and David have held high positions in the administration at Broxtowe. I am sure they will continue to serve you well. And the person replacing me as the third candidate is Matthew Holden, a young family man with a professional background who I both like and admire. I can see much of myself in him. He has the same determination to do all that he can for his community and I do ask you to support him, along with Ian and David.
There is also every prospect, I am told, of David, Ian and Matthew being joined by many other Liberal Democrat councillors from across the Broxtowe area, some returning coiuncillors and some new faces. Could they, once again, be at the centre of the new administration? I do hope so.
Although I am stepping down as a Borough councillor I am stepping up to put myself in a position to be your MP. I am tremendously excited to have been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Broxtowe constituency in this General Election, and I thank all of you who have already pledged to vote for me. I would love to be your MP. I know whole of Broxtowe so well and I guarantee to serve you all to the very best of my ability.
As we move towards the conclusion of the General Election campaign things are getting even more exciting because it is now clear that there will not be an overall winner. This will put the Liberal Democrats in a position where they are able to control the excesses of the other parties. And I could be one of those Liberal Democrats! So if you are still undecided on whom to vote for, do as you did back in 1991 and vote me in. I promise you that you will not be regret your decision.