First in the series about your councillors, what councillors actually do and how they can help you. Meet Councillor Damian O'Brien
Why did you become a Lib Dem?
I was a traditional Labour supporter back in NZ because that is who our family voted for. When I became politically conscious I found all my friends and people I liked spending time with were Lib Dems so I naturally gravitated that way only to find I shared their values and those of the Liberal Democrats.
What’s your proudest achievement as a councillor?
Two equally – saving the Grange pub from demolition and redevelopment, and the second was the teamwork that happened when we successfully called in to Overview and Scrutiny Committee the recommendation that the Bermondsey Area Forum not be approved….at 23:20hrs with a midnight deadline. Thanks to a number of councillors - Anood on a train to Birmingham, Adele in London and Rosie at Bestival on the Isle of Wight (called it in by text) we were able to have the decision reviewed at committee and ensured residents in the affected area were given a voice
Where is your favourite place on earth?
Bermondsey (and the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island of New Zealand…but that might not be the same as when I was a child)
What are your three favourite films?
1st. Goodbye Lenin
2nd. Top Gun (watched 13 times and twice back-to-back)
3rd. The Pink Panther (another childhood memory that might not translate to adulthood….just know my dad took us and I had never laughed so much in my life at that point in time – in fact I had to save up the jokes while I was still in stitches about the one before).
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Get both sides of the story before you judge (Linda Manchester, 2010)