I have lived in Rutland since 1965 and farmed with my wife Jane and daughter Emma. I am a practical, no nonsense countryman and have represented Rutland at a national level at the British Wool Marketing Board, NFU and Countryside Alliance.
I am delighted to serve Barrowden, Ketton, Tinwell and Tixover with Gordon Brown. I am a local resident who has lived in Barrowden for over 30 years, so I understand the issues and challenges that we all face.
Having lived with my family in Rutland for nearly 30 years, I have served on Rutland County Council for the last sixteen years, representing both the Normanton and Uppingham & Beaumont Chase Wards (for 8 years each).
One of my priorities is to maintain and improve our health care services and, as part of the Adult and Health Scrutiny Panel, we have ensured that our health services continue to deliver excellent care.
I became your local ward member in 2016 after the death of my father who had served you for over 15 years. My pledge at the time was to support and fight for the villages in the ward, that have played such an important part in my life since we moved here over 35 years ago.
Born in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, Ireland, I felt blessed growing up amongst friends and wonderful neighbours. Doors were always open for a cup of tea and a chat, and this is what I love about village life.
First elected to the Council in 2015, Leigh was elected to Deputy Leader of Melton Borough Council in May 2016. Leigh has an excellent working relationship with the Leader, Joe Orson, and the rest of the Conservative team on the Council.