A former North Norfolk District Council chairman and councillor is standing as the Labour Party candidate in the Waterside by-election on Thursday 9 February.
The former chairman believes voters have lost trust in the North Norfolk District Council which is dominated by Tory and Lib Dem councillors.
David Russell is standing as Labour’s candidate on 9 February, and is committed to seeing through the full term if elected to the council. He has vowed to win back Waterside’s trust in local politics. He believes stories of poor attendance, the debacle over councillors’ 23% pay rise last year, and scandal over councillors’ failure to pay council tax means voters have lost trust in the current set-up of the council. As a Labour candidate he wants to break the monopoly of Lib Dem and Tory councillors.
Mr Russell has been a champion in the local community over a number of decades – up until recently he was a senior flood warden in North Norfolk and a volunteer with community banks in the area, has sat on a Norfolk NHS patients’ watchdog, and is a committed member of the North Norfolk Older People’s Forum. He has interests in social care, affordable housing, local community care, and protecting the area from flooding at our rivers and by the broads.
The by-election follows a number of Lib Dem and Tory resignations in the Waterside area on county and district level, forcing the electorate to turn out five times to vote in five years.
Waterside ward includes Catfield, Hickling, Ludham and Potter Heigham. To register to vote or sign up for a postal vote head to the District Council’s website.