The purpose of this blog is to allow me to communicate to the electors of St Paul’s ward in Clacton, who elected me as a UKIP councillor for Tendring District Council on May 7th. I hope others will also find this blog interesting, so please do share the link with as many people as possible. For those of you not familiar with the political geography of Clacton, St Pauls ward stretches from just east of Clacton town centre, along the seafront, including The Gardens and the Leisure Centre, to just east of Holland Park Primary School. More details here: 5AR

I have not blogged before and I have not been a councillor before. So, please be gentle with me! You elected me as John Ashley Mooney. However, my father is called John and I have always been Ashley. So, please go with that, and definitely not Councillor Mooney.

A brief bio on me is as follows. I was born in Kumasi, Ghana in 1961 and came to the UK before my second birthday. I have travelled a great deal with work, including two years living in Saudi Arabia. I lived in the North East for 18 years, before coming to live in Clacton. I separated from my wife some ten years ago. I have two children, boy/girl twins, who are now 20 and in the second year of their university courses. Away from family, work and politics, my main interests are; running, windsurfing and gardening.

I have been employed by Andersen Products for nine years now. This is a business on Gorse Lane Ind Est that specialises in the low temperature sterilisation of medical devices. We manage the distribution of the Andersen technology for Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. More details here:

I plan on blogging about once a week. Clearly, I need to cover what has been going on with some of my UKIP council colleagues sitting with the Conservatives at the council meeting last week. For now, please accept that all involved have been doing their very best to sort this out.