James Upjohn will be the independent candidate in Ashurst in May.
A resident in Ashurst, he writes “If I gain the role of a democratically-elected local representative, I will have a unique and privileged position – and the potential to make a real difference to people’s lives”.
He declares “Code of conduct and standards
“As a councillor I will be required to adhere to West Lancashire Borough Council’s agreed code of conduct for elected members. Each council adopts its own code, but it must be based on the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s seven principles of public life. These were developed by the Nolan Committee, which looked at how to improve ethical standards in public life, and are often referred to as the Nolan principles.
“These principles apply to anyone who works as a public office-holder. This includes all those elected or appointed to public office, nationally and locally, and everyone appointed to work in the civil service, local government, the police, courts and probation services, non-departmental public bodies and in the health, education and social care sectors. All public office-holders are both servants of the public and stewards of public resources. The principles also apply to everyone in other sectors delivering public services.
“If elected as a councillor, I promise to always listen to Ashurst residents, to properly represent them at council meetings and to adhere to the seven principles of public life, always”.