Wednesday, 7 April 2010
My 'profile' and other 'stuff' for the local newspapers
"Geoffrey Woollard, independent, was born at Chalk Farm, Bottisham, on the 5th of April, 1938. He comes from a long line of Cambridgeshire farmers.
Geoffrey was educated at Bottisham, Newmarket and Bury St. Edmunds. Geoffrey worked for his father until 1968, when he took over the family farming business.
Geoffrey is married to Sue (née Day). He and Sue will have been married for 48 years on the 21st of April. They have two children and two adult grandchildren.
Geoffrey and Sue sold the principal family farms in 1994 and 1995 and moved in 1995 from Chalk Farm to Chapel Farm, River Bank, Nr. Upware, Ely, Cambridgeshire. CB7 5YJ.
Geoffrey is a member of Swaffham Prior Parish Council and the Swaffham Internal Drainage Board, and he is a trustee of the 'Little Chapel in The Fen.'
Geoffrey was a Conservative activist. He held many offices in the Conservative Party and spoke at Party Conferences.
Geoffrey's first elected post was as a Parish Councillor. He was twice elected an East Cambridgeshire District Councillor. Geoffrey was elected a Cambridgeshire County Councillor in 1974. He had disagreements with the Conservative leadership on the County Council and was 'retired' by his then party in 1993.
He became disillusioned with the Conservative Party and resigned in 1999. He has always been independent-minded and now regrets involvement in party politics. He believes MPs should represent their people and not 'toe the party line.'
Geoffrey's main aims are saving the Fens from being ruined by the National Trust, stopping fox hunting and hare coursing being 'unbanned,' and bringing 'our boys' back from Afghanistan.
Geoffrey says the best result at this election would be a 'hung' Parliament. That would compel co-operation between parties so that extremists' ideas are excluded and so that tough decisions have wide support.
Electors here can help achieve a 'hung' Parliament by voting for a less likely candidate, or they can vote for a most likely candidate - Geoffrey Woollard.
With Geoffrey they know that there is no party political line to be toed: he is his own man and independent."