Cllr David Reynolds, a Conservative councillor in Plymouth, has written for First, the LGA magazine, on the challenge of combining that role with also being a reservist in the Territorial Army – he is a Lieutenant captain Colonel in the Parachute Regiment.

Of serving in southern Afghanistan, he writes:

"It was important to me that I maintained communications with constituents in Plymouth. The city council was able to re-direct my emails to my civilian laptop and whenever the opportunity arose I answered emails on issues ranging from rubbish in the streets to more serious matters. It was a simple and effective process which worked so well that one night, after a particularly bad day when we had lost three soldiers and several more had been injured, as well as attacks on the base, I checked my emails to see a message from council officers warning staff to be careful on the roads after heavy rain had flooded a key route in the city. That raised a smile!"

Rather motivational for the rest of us to keep on top of our case work, isn't it?

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