It is not going to be the same in the Neath Port Talbot elections office, as Peter Davies retires. (See the full official story here.)
We said our personal goodbyes earlier this year, before the start of the local election campaign, but I should like to place on public record my appreciation of Mr Davies's courtesy and helpfulness over the last twelve years. This was a period of change, not just because of the settling down of the new unitary authority, but also because of the many changes in electoral law which occurred in that time. The postal vote regulations in particular threw an unprecedented burden on Mr Davies and his team. He would take time to explain to inexperienced candidates what was going on during the electoral process, and, while sticking scrupulously to the law, was always ready to listen to reasonable and constructive requests.