A local community champion who was recently awarded a British Empire Medal has been elected as the new Labour councillor for Woughton & Fishermead.
Councillor Sue Smith was elected during a by-election earlier this month, gaining a 73% share of the vote.
She is well known in the area for being a Parish Councillor since 2008 and more recently Chair of Woughton Community Council. Councillor Smith was heavily involved with supporting the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic; she would regularly call residents to check in on them and worked alongside parish councillors to distribute thousands of food parcels to people in need.
Councillor Smith’s extensive community work saw her named as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this year, and she received a British Empire Medal (BEM).
The community champion will join fellow Labour Ward Councillors Donna Fuller and Amber McQuillan in representing the people of Beanhill, Coffee Hall, Eaglestone, Fishermead, Leadenhall, Netherfield, Peartree Bridge and Tinkers Bridge.
Councillor Sue Smith, the newly elected Labour Councillor for Woughton & Fishermead, said: “I’m thrilled to have been elected as the councillor for Woughton & Fishermead ward. I’ve worked hard for the community for over a decade, and feel very grateful to have the opportunity to do this at local authority level. My priority has, and always will be, to voice the concerns and views of those living in the ward and I will continue to do that through my role as ward councillor.”
Councillors Donna Fuller and Amber McQuillan, Woughton & Fishermead Ward, added: “The sad passing of our ward colleague and friend, Councillor Carole Baume, triggered this by-election.
“Carole would have been proud of a Labour hold in the ward and would be pleased that somebody as passionate as Sue has been elected. We look forward to working closely with Councillor Smith for the benefit of residents in Woughton & Fishermead.”