Colin Belsey: Ratton
Colin was born in Streatham, moved to Carshalton in Surrey and that is where his passion for politics started, he was very heavily involved with the Young Conservatives.
Colin has lived in Eastbourne since 1969 and been involved in the local Conservative Association since then having held various roles from Chairman of the Young Conservatives to Dep. Chairman of the Association. Today, he is the Association's Chairman.
Colin is a former Mayor of Eastbourne and Chairman of East Sussex County Council, Colin was first elected to Eastbourne Borough Council in 1977 and East Sussex County Council in 2009, and has represented Ratton Ward since 2004 having represented Hampden Park for six years in the 70’s and 80’s and the old Ocklynge Ward in the 90’s. Colin worked in Fleet Street and in the Isle of Dogs for a national newspaper for 35 years.
He lives in Ratton with his wife, Terri, between them they have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. His top tip for balancing his home-life and being a councillor is 'to know your local flower shop, and know when to say sorry'!