Tom has been married for forty-four years has three grown up sons and two grandsons. As a retired Foreign & Commonwealth Office Civil Servant, he possess extensive management and organisational skills. His work career qualifications include a Diploma in Management and a Certificate of Professional Competence. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport. Currently, he is a Chair of Governors at a local Primary School, Vice Chair of our Patient Participation Group within our GP practice, as well as being a member of the Southend Branch of Keep Our NHS PublicCastle Point.
I promise to offer practical support for the many who are experiencing problems in our community. The so called ‘efficiency savings’, have had a major, adverse impact upon our lives. Where have all the police stations gone? Our nearest police station with public accessibility, is now Basildon. The same narrative is true with other public services. We are now told the library in Hadleigh is to be run by community volunteers, if it is to remain. Our streets are now the home for rough sleepers and food banks are part of many people’s daily lives. Schools are expected to deliver improved standards of education to our children, whilst funding is being reduced, in real terms. The last CQC inspection of Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, stated it requires improvement. Once again, cuts hit us all. However, the less able are suffering more, under the Tories who control the Government, County Council and Borough Council. They should all hang their heads in shame, when they look what damage has been inflicted, on our community. It’s about time, a new pragmatic approach is adopted with a social conscience for us all.