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AGM Report: A Record Turn Out and a New Executive

February 13, 2020 2:58 PM
Extra chairs had to be unstacked in the upstairs hall at the historic Chantry House in Towcester on the evening of 30th January 2020 as new local party members and old flocked to the annual general meeting of South Northamptonshire Liberal Democrats.
Outgoing Chair, Mark Allen, summed up the year. Locally the party had seen positive results in the General Election (doubling the vote) and local elections, and membership had increased. In the immediate future the local party would be focussed on a strong positive campaign in the forthcoming unitary elections.
Finances and membership were discussed and the meeting then heard reports from those who had attended the national conference in September. Attendees urged members to go to Conference as a good way to gain more training.
Turning to local government matters, the meeting then heard reports from Liberal Democrat members of Northamptonshire County Council. Councillors had been informed that all necessary savings for the current and next financial year had been met. However, the local press was reporting that the government appointed commissioners were still critical of the performance of Childrens Services. Concern was expressed that the budget of other County Council services were being cut to unsuccessfully improve Childrens Services.
Northampton Borough Council was reported to be in a very similar situation to the County Council.
South Northants District Council. The budget was being considered by the council. There was a proposal to increase council tax on Band D properties by £5. The Council was in the process of trying to purchase the old Co-operative supermarket site in Towcester. SNLD Logo
At Towcester Town Council the focus was on trying to secure former South Northants assets. The Lib Dems on the Council had succeeded in persuading the Council to launch a dementia initiative.
After the remaining statutory business had been completed, it was time for the election of the executive officers for the coming year:
Chair: David Tarbun, elected- proposed by Mark Allen, seconded Hazel Hewison
Vice-Chair: Mark Allen elected- proposed Martin Johns, seconded Catherine Tarbun
Secretary: Hazel Hewison- proposed Jill Knight, seconded Lisa Samiotis
Treasurer: Peter Newson- proposed Mark Allen, seconded David Tarbun
Membership Development Officer: Mike Walsh- proposed Lisa Samiotis, seconded Chris Lofts
Diversity Officer: Catherine Tarbun- proposed Martin Johns, seconded Hazel Hewison
Executive Committee Members
The following were elected to the Executive Committee: Martin Johns, Jonathan Mytton, Chris Lofts, Rod Kilvert, Lisa Samiotis, Abigail Medina, Jill Knight, Stephen Tomlinson
Communications Officer (new post): Kate Nash, proposed Catherine Tarbun, seconded Mark Allen