Laurie Bidwell is not seeking re-election to Dundee City Council next year

Laurie Bidwell, Labour spokesperson on Education in Dundee

12 November 2016

He said:

"I have decided not to stand for re-election next year because I think it's time to retire.

“By the elections in May I will have just turned 70 and I want to spend more time with my wife, my children and grand children and clock up more miles on my bike." "I won't be totally withdrawing from politics but I think I'll focus more of my spare time on community issues in The Ferry."

"It has been an honour and privilege to serve the people of Broughty Ferry as a Councillor.

“It has also been a great learning experience finding out about many issues which I have been asked to pursue on behalf of constituents."

" I am proud to have been associated with a number of initiatives from my time as Education Convener.

“These include the establishment of a post to support the initial development and training of members of Parent Councils that provide a good forum for parental involvement in and support for our primary and secondary schools.

“The fact that we have Parent Councils in everyone of our schools is testament to the enthusiastic post holder we appointed.

“Labour began the process of renewing our schools.

“I am pleased to have brought forward proposals that led to the new shared campus Primary Schools in Charleston, the West End and the Ballumbie Primary School and commissioned the appraisal that led to deciding to rebuild rather than refurbish Harris Academy.

“In The Ferry, I am pleased to have contributed to increasing the scope of the extension of Barnhill Primary School and the move of Eastern Primary to a refurbished Old Grove Academy building."

"In by almost eight years in opposition, leading for Labour on Education, I think I have always tried to be constructive and come forward with suggestions to improve proposals that are brought before the Council."

"A recent highlight has been serving on the Dundee Fairness Commission working alongside Councillor Jimmy Black and the wide range of Commissioners drawn from governmental, voluntary and community organisations.

“I trust that my successors on the Council will continue to tackle the many dimensions of unfairness that afflict too many of our citizens in the city including a significant minority in Broughty Ferry."

"It would be remiss of me to not mention the dedication and hard work of Council staff who have been very helpful in briefing me in response to my numerous inquiries."

"But there's plenty left to do, so I need to get back to yellows lines for residents and reading papers for the next group of meetings.

“I shall also be working hard to campaign for Angela Lyall who has been selected to stand for Labour in The Ferry and who hopefully will be elected to take in my place in May.

“Angela has twenty years working in social work with children and families."