Nominations for Central Bedfordshire Council and Parish Council elections were published last week. I strongly believe that candidates should be 100% committed to representing the people who elect them, and they should not put themselves in a position where they might face a conflict of priorities – for example, by being elected to both Leighton Linslade Town Council and Dunstable Town Council.
I was therefore surprised to see one of the candidates for LLTC Brooklands Ward and CBC LB South is also standing as a candidate for Dunstable Town Council Icknield Ward.
There is no suggestion that it is improper to do this – the Returning Officer has confirmed that it is technically ok to do this. However, I am just not sure how one person, if they were elected to represent a ward in both Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable at the same time, could properly represent both electorates.
For one thing, both Councils meet on Monday evenings … and I know I can’t be in two places at the same time and I doubt anyone else can.