Q&A: My Redbridge: Cllr Linda Huggett
PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:17 25 August 2018
Last year's Mayor of Redbridge, Councillor Linda Huggett this year became the first female leader of Redbridge's Conservative group, having served Monkhams ward for 20 years.
What is your connection with Redbridge?
My connection with Redbridge is that I have lived here for more than 30 years and have been a Monkhams ward councillor since 1998.
I have enjoyed serving my local community since that time and have tried my best to preserve the unique character and green spaces within my ward.
It was an honour and privilege to have been elected as mayor last year. I was really proud to represent Redbridge as its First Citizen and to act as an ambassador to promote our borough and raise £80,000 for my charities St Francis and Haven House Children’s Hospice.
The money raised will provide two Hospice at Home nurses for Redbridge residents.
What’s the best thing about working or living in Redbridge?
We are fortunate to have a strong cohesive community and many natural green areas.
Although we may come from many different backgrounds at heart we are part of one large family who live in peace and harmony with each other.
Our borough’s motto is “In Unity Progress” and that is the way forward for the future.By working together we can ensure that this happens.
What one thing would you change about the borough?
Since stepping down as mayor I have now been appointed as the first female Leader of the Redbridge Conservative Group.
My top priority is to increase our conservative majority in the future and to regain control of Redbridge Council. I will hold the Labour administration to account over their manifesto pledges to ensure that all our residents get the best possible care and services they need.
Use three words to describe the borough.
Vibrant, Green. Community-focused.
Who is the most inspiring person you know?
Without doubt Sir Winston Churchill. He was the MP for Wanstead and Woodford for many years and one of our greatest prime ministers. He was recently awarded the honour of being the UK’s Greatest Briton and his courage, resilience and determination never to give in was to be much admired.
What new law would you introduce if you were made prime minister?
This year we are celebrating 100 years of womens emmancipation and the freedom for the right to vote.
It was only due to the womens persistence,bravery and inspiration that women have the right to vote today. As women we still have to fight for our rights and I would introduce a law stating that the gender gap should be closed straightaway to ensure that everyone has the right to equal pay with immediate effect.