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Conservative by-election candidate keen to ensure councils are providing value for money

A chartered accountant believes her background will help ensure the numbers add up at Lichfield District Council and Lichfield City Council.

Joanne Grange

Joanne Grange

Joanne Grange will contest both seats in the upcoming Stowe ward by-elections.

The Conservative candidate will aim to hold onto the seat vacated by David Smedley.

Joanne, who moved to Lichfield 12 years ago, believes she can bring fresh ideas to both councils.

“Being an accountant will help me to ensure that council tax is spent in the best way, that the councils are efficient, and that value for money is a key focus,” she said.

Joanne, who recently became a grandmother for the first time, added that being in the middle of a five-generation family also puts her in a good position to understand issues from different perspectives – and insisted she was keen to fight for equality at all levels.

“From finding nursing homes and dementia care, through to affordable housing and childcare for younger families, my family has seen a lot over the past couple of years, so I’m used to looking at issues through others’ eyes,” she said. “When someone needs me to help with a problem, they can be sure I’ll understand where they’re coming from.

“In this, the centenary year of women’s suffrage, it’s good to look back and see how far society has come but there’s still more to do for complete equality.

“For me, equality means equality of opportunity for everyone to achieve their potential – regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality, disability or background – and I believe councils have a key role to play in ensuring those opportunities are available through working with local businesses to create new jobs and employment opportunities and driving forward the local economy.

“If elected, I will be honoured to represent Stowe residents as part of the team of Conservative Councillors and I’m committed to working hard to ensure all residents are represented effectively.”

Joanne can be contacted via or on Twitter.

Lichfield District Council by-election candidates:

  • Jeyan Anketell (Lib Dem)
  • Joanne Grange (Conservative)
  • Mat Hayward (Green Party)
  • Don Palmer (Labour)
  • Philip John (Something New)

Lichfield City Council by-election candidates:

  • Jeyan Anketell (Lib Dem)
  • Joanne Grange (Conservative)
  • Don Palmer (Labour)
  • Philip John (Something New)

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  1. Paul Ray

    8th February, 2018 at 11:06 pm


    So you’re good at numbers eh.

    You don’t need to be good at numbers to work out why local councils don’t have enough funding. They are being suffocated of cash by your Conservative government.

    Enough is enough of Conservative cuts.

  2. Joanne Grange

    9th February, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Councillor Ray – thank you for your comment and I can confirm I am indeed “good at numbers”, but my skill base extends beyond just “numbers”.

    Another key skill of mine is the ability to listen to people and understand their concerns, and to represent them effectively. For example, in attending meetings when requested to do so, and ensuring I reply to emails on a timely basis rather than having to be chased for an answer. But let’s not air our dirty washing – eh?

    From me to you – a personal thank you. It is as a result of our interactions that I became interested in the running of councils and how I could personally get involved and make a difference. If it wasn’t for you, I probably wouldn’t have put myself forward for election. If I am elected, I look forward to getting to know you better and working with you to improve the quality of life for Lichfield residents in a financially responsible manner.

  3. John Griffin

    9th February, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Any chance you’ll be challenging your local MP over his consistent voting for swingeing cuts in council funding? Thought not.

  4. Some Bloke

    9th February, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    They’ve got loads of accountants. LDC has paid a fortune for accountants. Plenty of them were very good. Then they didn’t have that much left to count.

    LDC has been financially responsible to the point that they no longer have any influence, off no leadership and barely provide any services.

    What’s new here? What are you offering? What’s different? More accountants? No. New ideas, that’s what’s needed now.