Barwell parish councillor virtually meets with Tim Farron to discuss work of parish and town councils

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 15 March 2022

A BARWELL parish councillor has recently spoke with a leading Member of Parliament, where they discussed the work of parish and town councils.

Pre-pandemic: Tim Farron MP (left), Coun. Mathew Hulbert (right) (Image: Mathew Hulbert)

Mathew Hulbert, representative of Barwell’s Redhall ward, held a Zoom call with Tim Farron, who currently serves as the party’s spokesperson for Local Government.

Mr. Hulbert was recently elected on to the Non-Partisan Larger Councils’ Committee for the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), which has gave him a national voice in the sector.

NALC is the only registered body which represents the interests of England’s 10,000 parish and town Councils and 100,000 parish and town Councillors.

During his meeting with Farron, Mr. Hulbert discussed the ‘vital’ role that local councils have played in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, by helping to ‘galvanise’ communities.

He also explained how councils are “doing important work by helping to tackle the Climate Emergency, protecting the environment, and promoting biodiversity at an ultra-local level”.

Hulbert further chairs NALC’S national network for LGBT+ parish and town councillors – helping to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in the local council sector.

Mathew told the Hinckley Free Press: “It was great to have a chance to meet, albeit virtually, with Tim Farron, who does a fantastic job of representing the issues facing Local Government at the moment in the House of Commons.

“I’m looking forward to an ongoing dialogue with him moving forward, to help ensure issues facing parish and town Councils and the communities we serve remain a high priority in his work and in Parliament more widely.

He concluded: “Parish and Town Councils are the first tier of Local Government and the level which is closest to our communities and I’ll continue to be a champion for our work both locally and nationally.”

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