Cllr Mike Thompson

A Conservative councillor has revealed how a kidney transplant has given him a new lease of life.

Mike Thompson was elected to Lichfield City Council and says he is trying to devote himself to championing the cause of local residents over the next four years.

The 51-year-old, who has polycystic kidney disease, had a kidney transplant at Leeds St James’s University Hospital last year.

But he told LichfieldLive that he has had a new lease on life since the transplant – and doesn’t intend to take it easy.

Cllr Mike Thompson

“It has been almost a year since my kidney transplant and I’m grateful to the donors’ family – I feel great,” he said.

“I’ve attended all the civic functions and all council meetings since I was elected. I’m grateful to the people who voted for me.

“I’m on the planning committee. Our neighbourhood plan will also aim to attract tourism and bring jobs to the city.

“The only downside is that since my election I haven’t had time to listen to the Archers!

“I’ve listened to the show since I was nine, but representing the city of Lichfield is worth missing it for.”

Cllr Thompson nearly made it an election double, missing out on a seat on Lichfield District Council by just 18 votes to the UKIP’s John Mills, who was elected alongside Conservative Olivia Joy Shepherd.

“I was disappointed to lose the district election by such a low number of votes,” he said. “Especially when the 30 per cent of the electorate who didn’t turn out to vote could have made a difference.”

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