No two Wandsworth councillors are the same. There are Tory and Labour, of course, but they come in all shapes and sizes; the formal and the scruffy; full-time workers and retirees; younger than me or twice my age. I’m told there are still some Masons and there are a surprising number of Spurs fans.
Almost all work hard at the job, but I don’t know of any ward councillor who works harder than Wendy Speck, my fellow Latchmere councillor. Just take a look at her diary for the past two weeks…
I can’t quite make out all of what is written for Wednesday, February 22 – but I can see that day included a 9.30am estate inspection, a session at Chesterton School at 1.30pm (where Wendy is chair of governors), a reception to encourage more women to became councillors in the evening and then an Education committee meeting in the Town Hall (which can take up three hours all-in).
There are residents association meetings, school inspections, internal Labour Party meetings, canvassing sessions to speak to residents – and Wendy also finds time for Spanish lessons!
Her house is always open to guests – in the diary we see Eva leaving on Monday and Nina arriving on the next Sunday. Wendy will often mention that a friend from home in Bradford has decided to kip at her’s for week.
Three cheers for councillor Wendy Speck!