• Mayoral race gets under way with first hustings

    On Tuesday, it was off to the RICC for the first event in the mayoral ‘hustings season’ for this year’s elections, this time held by the Bay’s English Riviera Tourism Company.

    Before the afternoon’s hustings session, I spent a good couple of hours visiting the exhibition and talking to exhibitors and visitors. Those exhibiting were all organisations and companies with an interest in our Bay’s tourism industry, so everything from accountants to attractions; from hotels to health; from education to environment. It was gratifying to hear just how many of them had read a copy of my mayoral manifesto (Blueprint for a Better Bay, published in January), and wanted to discuss or debate the finer points!

    I know that Simon’s RICC team produced a splendid lunch for all those who attended – unfortunately for me, I was still talking to people in the expo while others tucked in! A quick cup of coffee, courtesy of ERTC chief executive Carolyn Custerson, and I was ready to go.

    Chairman Chris Hart had written in advance to say that each candidate would have three minutes to present an opening statement (any longer and he would cut off the speaker!). I thought you might be interested to read my ‘three minute’ speech. I had plenty of practice as Chairman of the Council in speaking to a time, so I knew that three minutes would run to a shade under 500 words without sounding garbled or rushed.

    For events like this, I do like to prepare in advance, to give proper respect to those who’ve invited me and to those who are listening: they don’t want to hear waffle or repetition or some pointless meandering exposition, and I certainly don’t want to give one!

    I also like to offer hard and fast commitments where I can, and this event was no different. Consequently, my two undertakings in this speech are things that I believe I can make a difference in. As always, I know you will let me know what you think!

    Speech text begins:

    Tourism as a major engine for the prosperity of our Bay involves real strategic thinking and destination marketing, as the ERTC has begun to demonstrate so well over recent years.

    For example, a 7 per cent increase in visitors over the past three years; and a particularly significant 34 per cent increase in high-spending visitors from overseas over the past two.

    So, ERTC, well done to you for your lead role in comprehensively turning around the situation of decline from a few years ago. We await the official 2014 figures with anticipation.

    It was only during my year as Chairman of the Council that I truly saw the tremendous amount of work that you are doing: all the conferences at which I welcomed delegates; all the cruise ship visitors whose hands I shook; all the sporting events I kicked off.

    Yet all this good news never seems to get out to the rest of the Bay’s people. I don’t know, maybe it’s because of the media’s focus on the perceived internal politics of this industry in the Bay.

    It is, however, vital that we get this good news out, for two main reasons. These two reasons are what I see as most important for completing the job that has been started by the ERTC and others; and these two reasons are issues that I know my experience, and a mandate as directly-elected mayor, can help you achieve.

    What are they?

    Firstly, the council’s budget is getting ever tighter. Budget cuts imposed on us by the central coalition government – currently running at around £50m over the past three years, and likely to get worse - means that the council will need to increasingly focus on its core business: providing a really clean and safe environment to underpin your work.

    Secondly, as the Bay’s tourism industry has shown that it can drive up its performance, it now needs to translate that success into improved conditions for the workers who ultimately deliver the Bay’s unique holiday experiences. The waiters, kitchen porters, housekeepers. We need to show just how important they are to the delivery of true success.

    It is only by having a motivated, properly-trained, fairly-paid, and happy workforce that we can move to the next level in the Bay. These workers are the bedrock on which your businesses are based, and this must be about delivering better lives for everyone – not just those who visit here.

    I promise that if you elect me as your mayor, I will work tirelessly to deliver the first: an environment that you can be proud of that really supports the holiday offers that you make, and I also promise to work tirelessly to help you get the second: a happy, healthy and hardworking workforce - too.



Julien Parrott, UKIP

Councillor for Ellacombe Ward, 2007 to date
Executive Lead for Adults and Children
Torbay Borough Council Unitary Authority

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11 November 2017

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