A former county councillor and journalist is to stand in the elections for the role as Mayor of Bedford Borough.
Steve Lowe, 63, is to stand as an independent for the post of Bedford Borough’s directly elected mayor.
Steve has lived in and around Bedford all his life and been active in the local community since his 20s.
From 1982 to 1989 he served as a county councillor, first in Cauldwell/Kingsbrook, then Castle Ward.
He was secretary of the local anti-apartheid group and met international campaigner Bishop Trevor Huddleston. After discovering that the Bishop was born in Bedford, Steve worked with a small group to have a bust of Huddleston, by Ian Walters, commissioned for the town. Following the commission, Nelson Mandela visited Bedford in 2000.
Steve said: “I have been asked by quite a few people if I would stand and have decided to have a go. I think there is a lot to do. Many of us want a council that listens to the views and responds to the needs of everyone who lives and works in the borough.
“I want to tackle issues such as education, housing and improving the look and feel of Bedford. My priority is to give the people of Bedford Borough a voice and change the council from a Westminster-style closed group who think they know best, to an open and much more democratic council. Bedford Borough deserves better.”