Knaphill councillor sets election drive in motion

KNAPHILL ward councillor Saj Hussain wants to use the momentum of last year’s borough election triumph to propel him into the county chambers.

Cllr Hussain was given unequivocal backing by Woking MP Jonathan Lord and his Conservative colleagues at his campaign launch on Saturday.

And he vowed to use the same principles which helped him to victory in 2012 to secure the county seat for Knaphill and Goldsworth West in this year’s Surrey elections.

Cllr Hussain said: “The year has gone very quickly but this time around I’m going in knowing what I’m doing.

“I’ve been in the council for nine months and I know how the system works having quickly found my way around.”

Cllr Hussain, who is also the sub-postmaster at Knaphill post office, was quick to point out his success since coming into office.

He explained: “I think that Knaphill is getting a raw deal both in the borough and in the county and it just goes to show that, with the proper lobbying, help and assistance, you can get a lot of things done.

“I’ll be carrying on as I have done with the village war memorial proposal.

“In my first meeting after being elected ward councillor I put a motion forward. It was seconded, accepted and considerable progress has been made since then.

“The things I’ve achieved so far have encouraged me to go further.”

And despite being relatively new to local politics, Cllr Hussain insists the prospect of managing two roles at once does not faze him.

He said: “I can have both hats on. Melanie Whitehand, my fellow Conservative councillor for Knaphill, encouraged me to go for the council seat and I feel that with her help, I can manage my borough and county responsibilities – I think the jobs go hand in hand.”

Cllr Hussain also promised a serious review of the village’s infrastructure, should he be elected. But first he will need to sway apathetic voters who made sure of a low turnout at last year’s borough elections.

He reckons getting back to basics is the best way to restore faith in local politicians.

He added: “I’m not a shy person – I want to reach as many people as I can.

“If anyone has any problems I am willing to help where I can. That’s what I’m here to do.”

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