Gainsborough Town Council by-election: Tom Padden’s statement

Published on 3 March 2024, by Gainsboroughlive | No comments yet |

Tom Padden, the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Town Council by-election has posted a statement on Facebook. He said: “It’s been a really interesting weekend talking to fellow residents ahead of next week’s town council election. I have tried to stay away from social media during the first few weeks of campaigning and have focused on talking to local organisations and residents to see what they need and want from a Town Councillor.”

A bit about me, i have lived in West Lindsey all of my life, and moved to Gainsborough in 2019, and live here with my wife Katie, and children Joseph and Martha.

Professionally I have worked in sports development, community development and bid writing, and currently work in a partnerships role for Bliss, the National Charity for Babies born Premature or Sick, a charity that is very close to my heart and supported my family massively when my son Joseph was born 15 weeks prematurely in 2018.

Professionally I am fortunate to have had political experience working alongside MPs as part of a Town Deal Board during my time at a local Chamber of Commerce and also I am really proud to have played a small part in the team that took the Neonatal Care (leave and pay) Bill to the House of Lords, which was passed in May last year, a bill that will impact approx 60,000 parents per year.

Outside of work I am a trustee for Gainsborough Hillcrest Early Years Academy and do pro bono funding bid proposals and project budget plans for local charitable and non for profit organisations (if any reading this want any support please feel free to reach out)

I have a real interest in developing the community, especially spaces for young people to be able to develop and thrive in a fun, safe and engaging environment. Over the last couple of years I have coordinated and funded a couple of projects to get suitable trainers to local primary school children, donating over 75 pairs so far in 2024.

I am not going to come on here and make a load of promises I can’t keep, or wild suggestions that are not achievable, but what I can do is ensure that local residents are represented by someone that shares their interests and wants to make a genuine difference.

Postal votes have been delivered to Gainsborough Hill residents on Friday 1st March 2024. The votes in poll stations are to take place on Polling Day, Thursday 7 March, 7am to 10pm.

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