Kursaal ward intouch – Cllr Louise Burdett Announces Her Retirement

KursaalintouchWhatever happens in May there will be a new face representing Kursaal ward. I think it will be Labour’s Charles Willis and I think he will be beat Tory-hopeful Jane Ladner. Jane is looking to replace Cllr Louise Burdett who announces her retirement. Louise retires because of motherhood.

I suspect that Louise has realised she will lose anyway, and I do not doubt should would deny this. Yet it is undoubtedly very difficult to combine motherhood and local politics, and I think this is regrettable. We have young mothers in my local party who are able to combine this role with political activism, but we have others who find it an impossible task. I do not agree with Louise’s politics, but she should be able to contribute.

Combining being a councillor with working can be challenging. Maybe we need to look at what the role involves, because if we cannot accommodate young parents and workers then we will have a very grey-haired chamber.


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