Search

Local Elections: Why would anyone want to be a councillor?

09:00 18 May 2014

Andy Mann

Andy Mann

Archant

As a councillor, you can face criticism from residents, the press, political opponents and even supposed allies, so why would anyone want the job?

“I wanted to become a councillor to do my bit in the community and make a difference, Collier Row,” said Andy Mann, 43, who was elected in 2002 as a Conservative but left the party in 2006 to join the Residents’ Association.

“Some councillors, when elected, choose to do nothing for years, but I spent many, many hours in the town hall. If you divide the salary into the hourly rate, I wouldn’t have got the minimum wage.”

And the more vocal councillors will always draw attention, sometimes negative.

“You get people writing to the Recorder moaning, but you need thick skin,” said Andy. “If you’re going to be a politician, it’s what you expect.”

He left the council in 2010, after losing his seat to the Conservatives. He is now a Scout leader but said that people still ask him whether he will stand again.

“People ask about me coming back but I’m not. I’ve done my time on the council. Now I want to focus on Scouting in Romford,” he said.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford News Stories

Upminster Windmill is having its entire cap removed, including fantail and sails, for the first time since 1803, as part of the continuing resotration programme.

Today is a historic day for Upminster’s 213-year-old windmill.

Tricia Dear, mother of 16-year-old Paddy Dear who died after falling down a cliff on his school trip.

“In your mind, you know that so much time has elapsed that hope is drifting away.”

07:00
Nearly 100 police officers from across London attended the scene at the Orchard Village estate, Rainham, in July last year. About 300 residents were evacuated for eight hours. Credit: @beckileigh_x

A man who tested a homemade bomb in his kitchen causing the evacuation of hundreds of people, wanted to kill himself after being arrested over child pornography, a court heard on Tuesday.

Collier Row fire

More than 20 officers and firefighters were called to the scene in Collier Row Road just after 7pm last night.

Best man Robert Naughton, Donald Naughton, Lucy Rayner and Bishop Trevor Mwamba. Photo: Claire Still/BHRUT

Due to a serious illness, a couple together for 20 years, brought forward their wedding and held it in a hospital’s intensive care unit on Wednesday.

Valentines Mansion, Emerson Road, Ilford IG1 4XA - Launch of the Thames Gateway Business Awards.
Left to right: Aspers Head of Marketing Sean Langley, Aspers Marketing Manager Debbie Mazs, Archant Executive Editor Michael Adkins, Archant Commercial Director Tony Little and Bilal Sheikh from Mont Rose College

Entrepreneurs and business leaders from across east London and Essex descended on Valentines Mansion, Ilford, for the launch of the Thames Gateway Business Awards.

Mari Wilson otherwise known as The Neasden Queen of Soul. Photo: Cornel Lucas-1983

Fans of Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Sandie Shaw and Cilla Black are in for a treat as one of the country’s top soul acts prepares for a Romford stage.

Tower blocks, Napier and New Plynouth house

Mixed emotions were expressed at a public meeting last night where residents at the “forgotten flats of the Mardyke Estate” were told of a proposal to knock the buildings down.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe