City man Alan in poll transfer bid for police commissioner Matthew’s countryside seat
IT’S a ‘City switch’ worthy of being talked of in the same breadth as leaving Roberto Mancini’s Etihad Stadium for the hallowed turf of Old Trafford under Manchester United’s legendary footballing great Sir Alex Ferguson.
In this case, experienced politician Alan White is hoping to “fill the big shoes” of my boss, Matthew Ellis, who is vacating his county council seat after taking on the role of Staffordshire’s police and crime commissioner.
For Alan, it means leaving his urban power base for the last four years of Lichfield City North to take on winning the country vote after being selected by the Tories to stand for Lichfield Rural East ward at the Thursday, May 2 elections.
County councillor White, who has also represented Whittington on Lichfield District Council since 2003, said he is delighted for the chance to retain Matthew’s seat.
He said: “I think that my knowledge of the rural part of Matthew’s seat, coupled with representing an urban area at county, gives me the perfect blend of experience to represent all residents across the division, from our rural villages to the more urban areas around Fazeley.
“I am committed to building on the work done by Matthew since 2005 and relish the chance to do so”.
Alan added: “Matthew was my county councillor when I lived in Elford, so I know that I have some big shoes to fill.
“If I’m elected, I will be doing my best for the residents in the division in the same way that Matthew did”.
Since moving to Lichfield in 1994, Alan has lived in Whittington and Elford. His children went to school in Elford and Clifton Campville, and then on to Rawlett academy in Tamworth.
Government has given powers to parish councils to have a say in shaping the future development of their villages through Neighbourhood Plans. These plans let local people have some say about the number and types of houses in their area.
Alan’s experience with the Development Portfolio at Lichfield District Council will enable him to help local people and parish councils understand the opportunity, and start discussions about what they would like to see.
He added: “This process isn’t straightforward by any means, but for those parishes across the division that want to take this opportunity, I am more than ready to help out.”
Alan White has a tough act to follow in his bid to retain Matthew Ellis’s Lichfield Rural East seat.
- County councillor Ellis won a landslide victory in the 2009 elections – securing more than two-thirds of the poll. His 2,722 votes represented twice as many as the Lib Dem, Labour and Green candidates put together.