I’m Matt Wilson and I’m a local councillor.
I was elected in 2019 to represent a ward called ‘Preston’ which is in a town called North Shields, in the borough of North Tyneside. It’s a friendly and a fascinating place, steeped in history and wedged between the cosmopolitan city of Newcastle and the wild frontier of the North Sea.
My role has two halves:
- things I do for residents of my ward, mostly ‘case work’, for example sorting out problems with parking issues, bins, wonky pavements etc.
- things I do for the whole borough, either ‘scrutiny’ or ‘policy’ work, on big themes such as the local economy, education and health.
In terms of my political affiliation I was elected on a joint Labour – Cooperative ticket. What that actually means in terms of what I do day-to-day is basically the point of this blog. I hope readers (local residents as well as general snoopers) will find that my posts shed light on the little-understood role of a local councillor.