Bedford Borough’s youngest female Councillor Jade Uko was appointed Deputy Speaker of Bedford Borough Council at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday 11th May. Council meetings are chaired by the Speaker. The Speaker of the Council is a sitting Councillor elected to the office for a period of one year by Members of the Council at their Annual Meeting, held in May each year.
The Speaker and Deputy Speaker also represent the Council on formal occasions and at external functions with the Mayor and/or Deputy Mayor and otherwise as the Mayor determines. As members of the Council’s Civic Team, they attend a large number of events during the year including church services and religious festivals, graduation ceremonies, fetes, sporting events and concerts and major civic events.
Serving her first term as a councillor, Jade was elected in May 2015 to represent Goldington Ward, along with fellow Labour Councillor Anthony Forth. In the year since her election, as well as helping residents with local issues Jade has served on the Planning Committee and is also now on the Environment & Sustainable Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee. One of the highlights from her first year as a councillor was securing funding of £8k from a Tesco scheme for the installation of outside gym equipment and the refurbishment of the leisure ground at Ettrick Drive.
Jade, 29, grew up in Goldington. She lives with her husband and children and works as an analyst and researcher.
Jade said: “The role of Deputy Speaker & Speaker may have traditionally gone to members of the council that have been around for a long time, but I don’t feel we should limit ourselves to rule by elders. I will bring a fresh perception and idea of what a councillor can be to a role which is little understood by the public.”
“I carefully considered whether to put myself forward as I wanted to feel sure that I had something to offer. I also want to reach out to a group that often feels marginalised by politicians - young women with families - and demonstrate to them something that I feel passionately about and aim to convey to others; positions of influence are up for grabs, for you and for anyone. If you care about your community and the future of our Borough, you can get involved.”
Bedford Borough’s youngest female Councillor Jade Uko was appointed Deputy Speaker of Bedford Borough Council at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday 11th May. Council meetings are chaired by the Speaker. The...
Here is the farewell message I sent to the officers and staff of Bedfordshire Police. It equally applies to the people of the county, amongst whom I am particularly grateful to those who supported me in my role, including by voting for me last week:
I feel incredibly privileged to have had the opportunity to serve as your Police and Crime Commissioner over the last three and a half years, not least because it gave me the chance to work alongside the remarkable people who are Bedfordshire Police.
As I leave office I take great satisfaction from the fact that there is less burglary and robbery than when I was elected, higher victim satisfaction with the force, improved emergency response performance and higher reporting of 'hidden harms' such as hate crimes, serious sexual offences and domestic abuse. The fact that the significant priorities I set have been delivered is a tremendous tribute to the professionalism and dedication of everyone in the force, particularly as simultaneously £25million of savings were found and force strength reduced.
I wish my successor Kathryn Holloway Godspeed with her fantastic new role, but especially with the challenge of securing adequate government funding for the force so that it can provide the public with the visible community policing that is so important.
Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner 2012-16
Here is the farewell message I sent to the officers and staff of Bedfordshire Police. It equally applies to the people of the county, amongst whom I am particularly grateful...
Cllr Anthony Forth raises over £525 for the homeless
Labour councillor for Goldington, Cllr Anthony Forth, joined Bedford YMCA overnight on Friday 26 February to sleep out to raise awareness of roughsleeping in Bedford.
Accompanied by his wife, Hazera, the two experienced sleeping out on a cold night.
Anthony said, "SleepEasy takes place every two years and aims to both highlight the plight of those sleeping rough, as well as raise the much needed funds for services at YMCA Bedfordshire. I was keen to take part and, together with my wife, we have raised over £711 so far by sleeping outside from 7pm to 7am."
"I was also pleased that, as a councillor for Goldington, this years SleepEasy camp was kindly offered by Viking Self Storage in Elms Park Industrial Estate. Well done Viking Self Storage."
"Thank you to all my Labour councillor colleagues and others in their generosity of sponsoring me to sleep out."
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Anthony's cardboard shelter for the night.
Cllr Anthony Forth raises over £525 for the homeless Labour councillor for Goldington, Cllr Anthony Forth, joined Bedford YMCA overnight on Friday 26 February to sleep out to raise awareness of...