Reader letter: Cannon fodder

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I wish to take this opportunity to thank all of those people who voted for me in the recent County Council elections and the tremendous support I got from everyone.

It has been a privilege to serve the people of March so far and I am grateful I have once again been given the opportunity to do so again. I plan to demonstrate over the next four years my commitment, not only to the people who elected me but in all my work, to do the very best for the North Division, March Town and Cambridgeshire.

The day of the count it was sad to see so little evidence of UKIP, I can only hope that should their work commitment be a quarter that of their election promises, then they will serve their constituents well. Unfortunately every promise I saw was on a national agenda so it will be interesting to see how they cope with local issues.

I look forward to seeing how we can work with them, as the people have spoken and so we must move forward. From a National agenda point of view, it is obvious to anyone the issue of Europe is huge and needs to be addressed.

It is disappointing that for all the focus groups, research assistants and analysts that are employed by the three main parties, I believe County Councillors ended up being nothing more than cannon fodder to test the strength of the oppositions guns.

There are hard working local-minded councillors from all parties, that have lost seats across the country simply because Westminster stopped listening to the public. Some of these are close friends and colleagues that will prove a loss to the running of the Council.

It will be interesting to see what they the big parties do to address this issue. As a local councillor there is little I can do in these matters. All in all I will continue trying to do my best. Councillor Steve Count

March