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Business as usual … on an unusual day

May 5, 2010

On the eve-of-poll, Rupert undertook Cally Labour Councillors' regular advice "surgery"

Rupert Perry marked the eve-of-poll today by … doing the regular Councillors’ surgery.

With just hours of the current four year municipal term remaining and barely 12 hours before the polls open, Rupert headed over to the Jean Stokes Community Hall on the Bemerton Estate to meet constituents discuss concerns or problems they might need help with.

Since their election in 2006, the Labour Councillors in Cally have undertaken 160 surgeries (at least 3 regular sessions per month and additional surgeries for community groups such as Islington Bangladeshi Association).

In addition to individual members of the public meeting their Cally Labour Councillors face-to-face, “casework” comes in many other ways. E-mail, letters and telephone enquiries generate several hundred issues a year.

Since their election in 2006, the Cally team reckon to have dealt with around 800 individual requests for assistance and responded to over a thousand people asking for information or lobbying over Council decisions. Much of the personal casework is dominated by housing problems especially families in overcrowded homes.

Rupert remarks “the last surgery in our current term of office was a moment to reflect on the many people we have helped, the campaigns we have fought and the results we have acheived for our constituents.

“As the people of Caledonian Ward go to the polling stations tomorrow, Thursday May 6th, we hope to resecure their support and, if re-elected, we pledge to reciprocate that support to our voters with a renewed commitment to diligently serving their interests”.

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