St Edmundsbury councillor Terry Buckle delighted to be up for election

Former mayor of St Edmundsbury, Terry Buckle

Former mayor of St Edmundsbury, Terry Buckle - Credit: Gregg Brown

A long-serving Bury St Edmunds councillor is “overjoyed” that he can now stand for election in May, despite fearing that health problems would prevent him.

Terry Buckle, the St Edmundsbury Borough Council representative for Moreton Hall, has been selected by the Conservative party to contest the seat he has held for 12 years.

Last year he told the EADT that due to health problems he was going to stand down in May. However, an early release from hospital meant he was able to register just in time.

He said: “It is absolutely fantastic, certainly. I did not think I would be out in time and feared I would have to stand down.

“But I have got out of hospital early and I am feeling completely different. I am out in my garden more and I feel great. The difference is almost magic.

“In all honesty, I was frightened there was something seriously wrong. My blood system had basically gone haywire, it was making me black-out on a regular basis.”

Mr Buckle was full of praise for West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury, and the care he received on the NHS.

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“They have been excellent,” said the former mayor of St Edmundsbury. “The care was fantastic. I didn’t know what was wrong with me, I had no idea, but they worked brilliantly and made sure they did not do anything before they knew the cause.

“The hospital, the staff in every department have always been nothing but excellent, I can’t fault them at all, ”

Mr Buckle has served his community for 25 years, championing the Moreton Hall Community Centre and bringing better facilities to the football pitch long before he stood for election.

He added: “I would have missed it. I enjoy the challenge. I like supporting the community and, most of all, getting things done.”

He revealed that upon leaving hospital early, he already thought his chance of standing for the Conservatives had passed.

He said: “I was going to stand as an independent as I thought the deadline to get selected had gone. I put it on my Facebook page but [borough councillor] Sarah Stamp pointed out that I still had time.

“She helped me rush through all the paperwork and get it sorted just in time. I am delighted to be selected again.”

Mr Buckle made headlines in May 2013, while he was mayor, when he drove his car through the doors to the Tesco Express on Moreton Hall.

In the 2013/14 period he only attended 39% of meetings due to his ill health.

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