Giving something back to the community is extremely important to me, one of the most rewarding and satisfying things I have ever done.
I arrived in the UK aged 11, having lost my father six months earlier. I could hardly speak a word of English but I was determined to learn, to succeed and make Britain my new home. Since then I have enjoyed plenty of success. I have three beautiful children and was determined to work hard to secure their future.
I became a councillor because giving something back to the community is extremely important to me. I believe that if we all played our part and worked together we would make our world a better place. My family encouraged me so I learnt more about what being a councillor meant and what it entailed.
I was first elected in 2007. As a councillor I have helped many local residents to improve their daily lives, from ensuring their rubbish is collected on time to tackling difficult housing problems. I wouldn’t have got involved if I didn’t believe I could make a difference. That is why I offer as much of my time to my local residents as possible. Treating everyone fairly and representing their interests irrespective of their race or creed is vital. Becoming a councillor is one of the most rewarding and satisfying things I have ever done.
Councillor Arif Hussain: Conservative, Wycombe District Council