The music behind.... Chairman of Bath and North East Somerset Council Neil Butters
"Fairness is an underpinning driver for the Liberal Democrats. I'm not saying it's not the case with the other parties. Each of the parties brings their own angle to it and frankly I think we probably need all three because they concentrate on different positive values."
This week on myPod, Somer Valley FM's weekly in-depth interview, Dom Chambers talks with councillor Neil Butters about his plans as the new chairman of Bath and North East Somerset Council.
Mr Butters has chosen five charities he is keen to highlight during his year in office including Quartet Community Foundation Association and St John's Hospital. As well as continuing the support of recent chair's for the RUH's Forever Friends Appeal, he wants to draw special attention to the work of two elderly focussed charities, Age UK and RICE.
Mr Butters also underlines the importance of encouraging political involvement in the younger generation saying: "We have to nurture democracy, encourage it at every twist and turn. I'm very keen to pay visits to schools to encourage children and young adults to ask me questions."
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When challenged that young people may be put off politics by examples of bad behaviour nationally, Mr Butters affirms his faith in British politics. MPs are "imbued with the idea of public service and are trying to do what's best for the country".
Mr Butters' long-standing career within the British railway industry, and the effect of privatisation, is also discussed.
The show is complemented with an eclectic selection of musical choices including The Bee Gees, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Hedge Hoppers and The Strawbs.
Tune in Mondays at 2pm and Wednesdays at 10am at somervalleyfm.co.uk and on 97.5FM. myPod is also available anytime on Listen Again. Alan Woodbury