Bedford Borough Conservatives announce Riverfield by-election candidate

Riverfield Ward Conservative candidate Natalie Christian-John. Image: Natalie Christian-John
Riverfield Ward Conservative candidate Natalie Christian-John. Image: Natalie Christian-John

Bedford Borough Conservatives have announced Natalie Christian-John as their candidate for the upcoming Riverfield by-election.

Descending from her grandmother, who came to the UK during the Windrush era, Natalie is said to have cemented herself as a community champion being a big believer in the power of local communities.

As a professional singer, vocal coach and choir director she has worked to train young people in schools and community/church groups in Bedford and wider afield.

She is also very passionate about supporting initiatives that support our youth and elderly citizens to thrive in the community they are part of.

“I am running for Riverfield because I care about the area I live in,” said Natalie.

“I am lucky enough to come from a very loving and caring family who taught me the value of working hard and never giving up in the face of adversity – it’s these lessons that I will be taking to my work as a Councillor if elected.

“As a Bedford Borough Councillor, I look forward to working with all colleagues in the council to get the best deal for Riverfield. I have no interest in political games or attacking others, this is not my style as I believe this detracts from the work there is to do.

“But most importantly, I want to instil an air of positivity in Riverfield and help those around me.”

If elected, Natalie says she will be tackling anti-social behaviour, speeding and the calming of traffic, improving and extending leisure facilities for local residents, tackling fly-tipping, keeping roads and pavements in good condition and supporting Riverfield community initiatives.

Conservative Group Leader and Portfolio Holder for Finance, cllr Graeme Coombes, added, “I am absolutely thrilled to have Natalie as our local candidate. She has a prodigious capacity to work and a positive can-do attitude that is absolutely infectious.

“I am confident that her experience of empowering local communities and dealing with local issues means she understands what is important to residents of Riverfield and will fight tooth and nail to ensure they have a voice in the Council.”