Tuesday 3rd February 2015, Uttlesford: Residents-for-Uttlesford (R4U), the local advocacy party for towns and villages, has announced that former Saffron Walden Mayor and longstanding Town Councillor Sarfraz Anjum has crossed the aisle from the Conservatives to join them. He is the fourth councillor to leave the Tories for R4U in as many months.
Cllr Sarfraz Anjum (R4U) – Saffron Walden Town Council
Cllr John Lodge R4U Chairman
Local party Residents-for-Uttlesford have stated that their goal is to “take back Uttlesford District Council for residents” in the May elections. In late 2014 district councillors Heather Asker, Keith Mackman and David Watson joined R4U from the Tories. Former Lib-Dem Mayor and district councillor Richard Freeman and Labour parliamentary candidate Barbara Light also defected to R4U at the same time. In the run up to the election R4U have already announced 14 district council candidates in addition to the 4 elected councillors they already have.
About Residents for Uttlesford
Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local independent party of north-west Essex towns and villages. Formed in 2014 by a number of residents’ groups, the party believes that on local issues residents should decide, not Westminster parties.
R4U leads Uttlesford District Council (UDC). It is the fastest growing local political movement in its district. In its first election in 2015 it became the second party at UDC. In 2017 it solidified its position with a further by-election gain with 60% of the vote. In the May 2019 Local Elections R4U gained majority control of UDC winning two-thirds of the seats. The result delivered the biggest loss of seats by any UK Conservative controlled council in the UK.
R4U’s success has been based on the desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.
R4U also leads Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards, including the best run council in Essex. It is a minority party on Great Dunmow Town Council.
Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.