The Conservative objective - as was set out in the manifesto I supervised before the local elections in May 2007 - was to tackle the problems of the area with positive policies for improving the quality of life, based on common sense and a responsible attitude to the use of taxpayers' money. We said we would seek to improve the environment and take steps to tackle the traffic and other transport problems of the district. We also said we would keep car parking charges under review with the aim of increasing the attractiveness of shopping in Morecambe and Lancaster, and improving the prosperity of both centres.

Many of the items in the Local Conservative Manifesto for the 2007 election were implemented in the period May 2007 to February 2009, despite the lack of a Conservative majority in the Council. Although we had only two councillors out of the ten in the Cabinet from 2007 to 2011, I am proud that we were able to build a strong reputation for consistency of approach - and for delivering on our promises.

I am no longer a Conservative, but my belief in the 2007 manifesto is unchanged.

Over Kellet Village Green