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Press release – December 2018 – Helping on the front-line.

by martingosscolchesterppc on 30 May, 2019

Prospective MP spends festive period helping dustmen and joining the Police

Within days of being selected as their Parliamentary candidate by Colchester Liberal Democrats, Councillor Martin Goss has already been busy arranging meetings and experiencing life from spending a day being a dustmen to and evening out with the Police.

This month has seen Martin spend Christmas Eve joining the dustcarts in Colchester to help pick up rubbish. He explained: “I felt it was only right and proper to lead from the front – staff were coming in Christmas Eve when many residents were starting to enjoy their festive holidays, so I decided to spend mine on the front line with our staff. It was really enjoyable and there was a great atmosphere on the street when meeting residents along the way.”

On Friday night (29th December), Martin spent the evening with Colchester Police to experience policing for himself. Afterwards he said: “I am so proud of our police force. There is so much that they are doing that we are unaware of, in supporting and protecting us.

“While with the Colchester Police Team we dealt with many issues travelling to many different areas in and around Colchester including a number of villages so I saw first hand the different issues affecting our area. It is quite clear that our police staff are pushed where staff have been cut by 2/3 in real terms due to horrific and successive cuts in Government funding. It’s no question that has affected crime figures and affected Colchester residents.”

Martin also has arranged further meetings and visits in the New Year, including with the Fire Service. He said: “I want to ensure that I am fully briefed and aware of the issues of all services and individuals in Colchester to best represent my home town.”

Ends

29th December 2018

NOTE TO EDITOR:

Martin is available for further comment at either his mobile number or email address.

About Martin:

Martin has lived in Colchester since he was four and moved here in 1978.

He attended Prettygate Infants and Junior School before attending Philip Morant School. He also attended Colchester Institute for his further and Higher Education before completing his degree part-time whilst working.

Martin works in IT as a Senior Leader within the Insurance sector and has worked in Colchester so has first hand

experience of being truly local.

He lives in Mile End with his wife Rachel and has family in Prettygate and Stanway.

Martin has been a Borough Councillor in Mile End for ten years and is the Cabinet Member for Waste on Colchester Borough Council.

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