Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Helen Chuah - Deputy Mayor of Colchester 2010-2011

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Deputy Mayor of Colchester, from Penang

The Deputy Mayor of Colchester is from Penang. Another Penang lang in UK that make us proud. Hellen Chuah, the girl from Penang, who went to UK to do nursing in the 70s.


Colchester is a historical army town and the largest settlement within the borough of Colchester in Essex, England.

At the time of the census in 2001 it had a population of 104,390. However, the population is rapidly increasing, and has been named as one of Britain's fastest growing towns. As the oldest recorded Roman town in Britain, Colchester claims to be the oldest town in Britain. It was for a time the capital of Roman Britain and also claims to have the United Kingdom's oldest recorded market.

Colchester is 60 miles (97 km) northeast of London

Colchester is home to the University of Essex, Colchester Zoo and Colchester United Football Club. It has a Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament.

Colchester's Mayor 2010-2011 is Conservative Councillor Sonia Lewis, the deputy Mayor is Helen Chuah, from Liberal Democrats.

Colchester is reputed to be the home of three of the best known English nursery rhymes: 'Old King Cole', 'Humpty Dumpty' and 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'.

Colchester Borough Council
Colchester Borough Council has 60 councillors who between them represent the 27 wards. Some wards have three councillors, smaller wards have one or two councillors. The Mayor, Sonia Lewis is councillor for Lexden Ward, from Conservative Party. Hellen Chuah is councillor for St Anne's ward, which has 2 councillors, the other councillor is Barrie Cook from the same political party, Liberal Democrats Party.

Following the Colchester Borough Council elections of 6 May 2010 the political make-up of the Council is: Conservatives 24, Labour 7 Liberal Democrats 26, Highwoods Independent 3. The previous make-up of the council was Conservatives 27, Labour 7, Liberal Democrats 23, Highwoods Independent 3.

The Mayor
The Mayor sits as non-political chairman of the council. The mayoralty is customarily awarded to the most senior councillor of one of the political groups, who take it in turn. The nomination is only rarely challenged. He or she serves for a year as Deputy Mayor.

The annual ceremony of the installation of a new Mayor takes place each May, following the borough council elections. The Mayor's election takes place at the first meeting of the newly formed council.

Deputy Mayor- Helen Chuah

Helen came to Colchester from Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia in October 1971. She worked full time as a qualified nurse after completing her training and also raised a family. Serving as a Councillor for St Anne’s Ward since 1998, she also joined Colchester Centurion Rotary Club about 9 years ago to encourage international understanding, goodwill and peace throughout the world. Helen said “It is a great privilege to be elected as Deputy Mayor of this great town”.

You can visit her profile at http://tmf.colchester.gov.uk/CouncillorDetail.asp?sec_id=2771&id=222

Related articles:

1. Colchester Borough Council, http://www.colchester.gov.uk
2. Colchester, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colchester

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