From The Archives of Councillor Phil Bateman – ‘Le President De La Republique!’

From the Archives of Councillor Phil Bateman.

My first Council election victory for the Labour Party was in May 1981. I won the seat of Wednesfield North & South from the Conservatives on West Midlands Metropolitan County Council. I was very proud of that win, and enjoyed the excitement of going to Birmingham to claim my seat.

The French Presidential elections also took place in 1981, in fact just after I had won my seat in Wednesfield North & South that same month.

I wrote to Francois Mitterand after I won the seat for Labour.

I wished him well in his elections. He went onto become the First Socialist President of the Fifth Republic.

IMG_1253 MitterandImagine my surprise to find that one day on return from work I had a nice simple hand written note from the new French President! He went onto serve a full seven years as President and won re-election in 1988.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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