Chatteris’ new UKIP county councillor says “I am not a super woman.”
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NEW UKIP county councillor for Chatteris, Sandra Rylance, broke her silence this week by promising to “do what I can as well as I can”.
She told community website Shape Your Place she did “not claim to be a super woman and would rather do a few things well than many badly.”
She added: “I am also known for ‘sticking my nose in’ well someone has to. There is more to be done on the ground than in the cloud I think.”
Cllr Rylance - who replaced Alan Melton after he stood down from the county council- won the seat by just five votes.
She was later criticised for not attending the count.
Tory runner up Mark Buckton said: “I would like to commiserate with the people of Chatteris who voted for a UKIP paper candidate and look forward to an early by-election.”
But Cllr Rylance retorted: “No I was not at the count but was ably represented. I am not a career politician and that is the point I think.
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“I am part of your community and do not seek to be self serving but to serve Chatteris.”
Cllr Rylance, who unsuccessfully stood for election to Fenland District Council in 2011, says she was at Shire Hall in Cambridge the day after being elected and has been back there several more times for meetings.
She added: “I cannot say for sure which committees I shall be on but hope that adult health and wellbeing will be the main one as I was a member of LINK and am a member of the George Claire Patient Participation Group.
“I also studied health and disease as part of my degree and worked in medical research at Cambridge University all my working life and then became a full time carer for my husband for seven years.”