This morning saw the first meeting of the Glossopdale Branch Labour Party (BLP) since the election on 5th May 2011. One of the first items on the agenda was the election of a new Secretary of the Branch Party, a position which I was subsequently elected to. It is the role of Secretary to hold well attended, effective and regular BLP meetings – this is something I look forward to achieving and I would just like to thank the members of the Branch for putting their faith in me, I hope it is something I will be able to return.
The position having become vacant due to the long standing Secretary Cllr Anthony Mckeown standing down on being appointed the Deputy Leader of and Executive Member for Community Services on High Peak Borough Council which will require a lot of his time.
I would like to thank Anthony whole heartedly for his hard work and dedication to the Branch and its members over the ten years he has held the position. In that time he has built up a great bank of knowledge that I will be sure to make use of as I grow into the role.
Despite the impressive gains in Glossopdale, with Labour now holding ten of the fifteen seats in the area there will be many challenges over the next few years for members in Glossopdale and the High Peak. The new Labour minority administration has many difficult decisions to make in the wake of the extremely financial settlement from central government.
We as a Branch will seek to involve, improve and ensure that the services offered by the Council meet the needs of local residents both now and in the future as we seek with your help to be your voice in tough times.