Apr 4, 2011
Marco Cereste
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Blog one

I am looking forward now to the election campaign getting under way for real now – although it is always a nerve wracking time.

Elections are exciting times – it is of course win or lose and my political future is in the hands of the voters – that is just as it should be.

We have been working hard on getting the electoral address ready and preparing a new website so that voters can easily find out more about me and what I think on the issues that matter most to them.

But I am focused now on getting out and about in the ward and listening to local people.

What I really hope is that people will come out and vote. It is a sad fact that over the country as a whole people have lost faith in their politicians and to some extent in politics.  Voter turnout is low and fewer people seem to want to stand for election.  We all need to think hard about why this has happened and what we can do to turn things around.

Above all I am sure it is about trust.  Generally, politicians aren’t trusted and people don’t think their vote will make a difference.  I would love to hear more from local people during this election about what we can do to put that right.

One of the reasons I was so determined to set up neighbourhood councils in Peterborough was to give local people more of a say in what happens in their area. If I get re-elected I want to continue to look for opportunities to give local people more power and more say over what happens in their street.  I have some thoughts of my own, which I will outline during the election but I’d welcome other ideas.

I have set up a number of ways in which people can keep in touch with me and let me know their views during the election.  I can’t promise to reply to every comment or idea, but I will read them all and value the input.

Personally I remain passionate about being involved in public administration – not the politics, but the opportunity to serve and to make a difference.  And that’s why I will work as hard as I can to convince people to vote for me in this election.  Over the last two years Peterborough has started to change – educational results are getting better every year.  We have three outstanding secondary schools already in the city and now we have a growing university too.  Crime is at its lowest every level.  Major retailers and restaurants are investing in the city and creating jobs.

But there is so much we still need to do and so much opportunity.  And I want to be part of making that happen.   That’s what makes the election so exciting and so challenging.

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