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I'm on my own now – but I suspect my vote will make a difference, sooner or later

June 20, 2014 3:11 PM
By Cllr Jack Cohen in Barnet Press

Councillor Jack CohenEVERY vote counts - as proved by the fact that I was re-elected by nine votes. I am disappointed that my two colleagues in Childs Hill were not successful, though.

Clearly, we suffered on account of the unpopularity of our national party. I now have to adjust to being the sole Liberal Democrat on Barnet Council.

Curiously, the only Lib Dem councillors on Brent and Camden councils both also represent wards which cover Cricklewood. I am back on the area planning subcommittee - and that's about it.

Unless there is a major upset at the upcoming Colindale ward election, the Conservatives will have an overall majority of one. I suspect my vote is going to make a difference sooner or later.

Mind you, the annual council meeting made me wonder whether it is all worthwhile. I have never seen such a shambles of a meeting, or such crass behaviour by the Conservatives.

Why local politics have to be so tribal is beyond me. So for my part I intend to do what I was elected to do, to put the interest of the residents first.

I am heartened by the good wishes of so many local people - and no sooner had the votes been counted than my email box was buzzing with all the usual issues that local people are concerned about.

In a way I am glad I am not tied down so much any more to committee meetings and all the petty politicking that goes with it. I'll leave that to the Tories and Labour.