John Elworthy has suggested in his misleading news article that I had “hinted I would resign.”
I’m sorry if I gave that impression. It was not intentional.
I was elected by the people of Medworth to represent them, and represent them I shall until they tell me they don’t want me anymore.
No political stitch up or hate-driven campaign by the Usual Suspects will change that. Only the people of Medworth can change that. They will be asked in two years time if they would like somebody else and if they choose to replace or upgrade me then that will be up to them.
I was elected by Full Council as the Deputy Mayor in 2016 and I have performed the role to the best of my ability. The Conservative Group have elected me as the Conservative Candidate to be Mayor this year – which is what traditionally happens after you have been Deputy Mayor – and I will proudly stand as their candidate. If Full Council elects me then I will perform the job of Mayor diligently, proudly and to the best of my ability.
Again, no staged political drama will bully me into running away. They may think they can upset me – and in that they are correct. But they cannot and will not bully me into running away, no matter how many newspaper Editors they have supporting them.
I’d like to thank the 200+ people who have sent me messages, texts, Facebook messages and emails supporting me against last night’s attack. Many of whose comments can be read on the previous blog post. It has been very touching to receive such overwhelming support in the face of some rank unpleasantness.
If I will make two changes it is this – I will not be blogging opinion pieces during the next couple of months or in my time as Mayor (if I am elected as Mayor.) And I will double down on my communication – I have always tried to combine scrutiny and fair and objective comment with honesty and professionalism. It has been possible for opponents to misuse cherry-picked bits of my blog for their own ends, out of context. This will not be possible in future.
I will continue to do what I have always done. I will work hard for my Ward and for my Town. I will try to do so honestly and transparently (as per this blog), rather than in secret groups and private chat rooms. I will continue to put my time, energy, money and skills (such as they are) where my mouth is to help make Wisbech a better and safer place. And I will trust and have faith that the truth will shine through.