A longstanding Lib Dem councillor is helping her daughter get to grips with life as an elected member. New Marske resident Victoria Reyer topped the poll in the Longbeck Ward on Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council in last month’s elections. She is the fi rst ever Lib Dem to represent the ward. Her mother, Cllr Josie Crawford, has represented Coatham Ward on the council since 2003. Now Mum Josie is putting aside some time to help newly elected Victoria learn the ropes.
Victoria, a 33 year old mother of two, works as a specialist cardiology nurse at James Cook Hospital and is relishing the chance to follow in her mother’s footsteps. She said: “I’m delighted to have been given this chance by the people of Longbeck. Over the years I’ve seen how hard Mum has worked on behalf of the people of Coatham. It’s a steep learning curve but I hope now to do as good a job for my ward.” Cllr Josie Crawford added: “I am very proud of my daughter and I am looking forward to working alongside her in the council. It demonstrates a new and refreshing approach and I hope Victoria will be a positive role model for encouraging younger people to take an active interest in local politics” Cllr Glyn Nightingale, who leads the Liberal Democrats on the council, said: “I have been most impressed with Victoria’s enthusiasm and high ability. She is a major asset to the Lib Dem group and will be a tremendous councillor for residents in her ward. It’s in the family!”