Stepping down

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I wanted to write to clarify my position. I was the Lib Dem candidate for East Worthing and Shoreham until early last week.

I have had to step down due to personal circumstances – namely, the simple reason that I could no longer afford to keep up the expensive habit of politics without earning anything. A job came up, in Australia, and due to financial circumstances, I have been obliged to take it.

I am very grateful for all of the support and warmth I have received from many, many people in Shoreham, Lancing, Southwick, Sompting and Worthing.

I have been inspired by the willingness and ability of people across the constituency who have worked to change things for the better for the sake of their communities, friends and neighbours.

There are a few particularly inspirational people I would like to thank.

Kay Vincent, who led the successful campaign to redirect the Sompting bus to help neighbours in Cokeham get to the shops or to appointments, after recovering from a terrible car accident, and later became a Lancing parish councillor. Peter Bartram, a skilled and life long fighter for liberal values, tirelessly supported and astutely advised by his wife Jackie. Neville and Janet Pressley, incredibly welcoming people who spearhead so many of Shoreham’s cultural events. Steve and Doris Martin, generous to a fault, Pat Izod, a loyal and hard-working team player. Bill Freeman, a champion of his community in Lancing, Jacque Carter, an effective and determined campaigner for West Beach and Shoreham Airport – and her side kick, Geoff, and many others that have participated in campaigns, delivered leaflets or signed petitions.

Many people dislike politicians, but most of us who dabble in politics do nevertheless feel that it is a great honour to serve as one. Personally, representing East Worthing and Shoreham as your candidate for over two years has been the greatest honour I have ever had.

Jemima Bland


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