As we set off in 2012, I would like to reflect on what the Grantham Labour Party achieved in 2011, and what we aim to achieve in the New Year.
We went into 2011 expecting to have a tough campaign against the incumbents. It turned out to be very tough, and we also found that we had an even bigger adversary.
Apathy. In some areas of town over 80 per cent of people failed to vote. That was when we knew we had a bigger problem than originally envisaged.
However, we returned six councillors for Grantham, increased our share of the vote from 24 per cent to 29 per cent, and put ourselves in a strong position.
Since the election we have continued to work hard for the people of Grantham. Our councillors have been putting forward motions to full council to increase transparency and accountability of the leadership. Our members have been campaigning on issues important to Grantham such as housing, employment and education. We have questioned the council on the Grantham for Growth projects, and put forward ideas that would stimulate Grantham.
So as I step down as the chair of the Grantham Labour Party, I am proud of what we have achieved, and would like to thank all of the Labour Party members and supporters who have continued to make a contribution to our work.
Without your work and your passion, we would not be able to put up as much of a fight for our ideals as we do.
There is still a lot of work to do so that the majority of people in Grantham can put their faith in Labour representatives at any level.
The current Labour councillors are fine examples of why they should. Over the next twelve months, the Labour Party will show Grantham why they can be trusted to be elected to represent the people of Grantham.
Until then, let me wish you a Happy & prosperous New Year.
by David Burling, Labour