The one thing we cannot afford is increase in number of politicians

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I was privileged to be at the Pride of Britain Awards last week and it was a truly humbling experience.

Brave Jack Mackay, aged 11, won an award for saving his mum and baby brother from a vicious dog attack.

Nurse Agnes Malcolmson won for ‘outstanding bravery’ after tackling an intruder who set himself alight in a hospital waiting room and stopped him getting to the maternity unit.

The Invictus team were very worthy winners of the special recognition award - it’s fair to say that every award winner touched me that night.

Hearing those stories certainly puts the usual stresses and strains of daily life into perspective.

It got me thinking about the every day heroes we have in Ashfield like Pip Forbes from Kirkby who gave up her Christmas last year to serve festive dinners to more than 30 pensioners at the Homesteads and is doing the same this year.

I know there are many more heroes in our community who quietly go about their work but deserve some recognition so get in touch with me if you know someone from Ashfield who we should celebrate and tell me why and I’ll give them a mention in this column.

At the other end of the spectrum I know politicians aren’t the most popular bunch at the moment so I was really surprised when I heard the bonkers idea that local Tory and Lib Dems wanted to INCREASE the number of Nottinghamshire county councillors to help ease their workload.

I’m sure readers will agree it is utter madness – especially at a time when spending on vital public services have been so deeply cut.

Instead of moaning they should just get on with the job.

The one thing we cannot afford right now is more politicians!

Finally, it was great to stop by Ashfield District Council this week and buy the first bunch of tickets for the Annual Chairman’s Charity Christmas Raffle.

Civic chairman, Liz Mays, has nominated two wonderful charities this year - the Royal British Legion and the Cinnamon Trust, which offers practical help for elderly people with the care and safety of their pets.

The top prize is hospitality tickets at Nottingham Forest, including a meal for six when they take on Sheffield Wednesday on 10th January.

At 50p a ticket it’s well worth a go.

You can get tickets from the council, your local councillors or from my office in Kirkby and don’t forget it’s all for a good cause.

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