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Tim Murray Uckfield North

Tim moved to Uckfield with his wife and young family 23 years ago when working in aviation at Gatwick. "It was, and continues to be, a great town for raising a family," he says. Both his daughters attended local schools in the town, and education has always been a priority for Tim, who was a school governor for Manor Primary for 12 years, and recently became a governor for two small village schools.

Interested in politics since his student days, Tim's involvement included a brief spell in the Labour Party in the 1980s, followed by the Ecology Party. He has been a member of the Liberal Democrats since 1999.

"It was a frustration with incompetent Conservative government that moved me to become more actively involved," Tim explains. "After Cameron & Osbourne bungled the Referendum campaign, the Conservatives seemed totally incapable of managing a sensible exit from the EU which of course is far from "done" to this day."

On a local level, Tim was also frustrated by what he was seeing. "The Tories in Wealden seemed incapable of even managing tasks like emptying the bins. This was then topped by the failure of the Wealden Plan last year, leaving our communities now dealing with a planning free-for-all, with the developers having all the power and the ruling Conservatives continuing to approve unsuitable developments that the residents are completely opposed to." Group of LibDems

A career change led Tim to become one of the regular commuters on the Uckfield line, before further changes led to a number of years working overseas in China, Europe and America. Now he is settling back into Uckfield life, having set up as an independent procurement consultant mostly working from home, especially post-COVID.

Throughout 2020, Tim was Vice Chair of both the Wealden LibDems and the South East Region, and is currently the local party Treasurer. He also became a member of the Green Liberal Democrats, after being inspired to reconnect with the environmental movement, having been caught up in a School Strike protest in York in 2019. Tim Murray Lake Wood

"With 20 years of unbroken Tory rule on East Sussex County Council, the Conservatives have become complacent, taking our resident's votes for granted and underfunding our local authority whilst increasing council tax," says Tim. "Meanwhile, the combination of Brexit, the Pandemic and Climate Change pose unprecedented challenges to our communities, so there's now an urgent need for change, starting with an innovative, LibDem-led administration at local level that is ready to meet those challenges."

Tim Murray can be contacted at: Tim.murray@wealdenlibdems.org.uk

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