Jason Zadrozny

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Jason Zadrozny
Leader of Ashfield District Council
Assumed office
26 Apr 2018
Preceded byCheryl Butler (Lab)
In office
3 May 2007 – 7 May 2009
Succeeded byJohn Knight (Lab)
Ashfield Independents Group Leader
on Ashfield District Council
Assumed office
28 July 2016
Preceded byOffice established
Councillor for Ashfield District Council
Assumed office
22 March 2007
WardLarwood
Personal details
Political partyAshfield Independents (since 2016)
Liberal Democrats (until 2015)

Jason Bernard Zadrozny (born 20 July 1980) is a British politician from the Ashfield Independents. He was first elected to Nottinghamshire County Council and Ashfield District Council in 2007 as a Liberal Democrat candidate.

He won the Sutton-in-Ashfield North by-election to Nottinghamshire County Council in March 2007, with a 44% swing and 60% increase of the vote share.[1] Two months later, he won a seat on Ashfield District Council. He was elected the Leader of the Council that month becoming the youngest council leader in the UK at that time, aged 26.

Early life[edit]

Zadrozny was born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire and is of Polish descent. He grew up in Kirkby-in-Ashfield attending Greenwood Primary School then Ashfield Comprehensive School.

Zadrozny attended West Nottinghamshire College where he completed a BTeC National Diploma in Performance Art. He then obtained a Higher National Diploma in Theatre Studies from the college in 2002.

Political career[edit]

Zadrozny was Leader of Ashfield District Council from May 2007 until May 2009. He was elected for the Sutton-in-Ashfield North ward to both the District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council as a Liberal Democrat. While in control of the Council, Zadrozny promoted Community Asset Transfers of two local buildings; The Acacia Centre in Annesley and the Manor Rooms in Teversal Village.[2] His administration launched proposals for a Neighbourhood Charter of environmental pledges, creation of new community protection services and opened the new Lammas leisure centre in Sutton-in-Ashfield.[3]

In May 2009, Labour took back leadership of the authority. In June 2009 Zadrozny held his County Council seat. He was re-elected to Ashfield District in 2011 and to the County Council again in 2013.

In 2015, following suspension as a member of the Liberal Democrat Party, Zadrozny left the party and was elected as an Independent for a newly created ward, Larwood. In November that year he formed the Ashfield Independents Party. In 2017 he was elected to Nottinghamshire County Council for the new Ashfields Division as an Ashfield Independent.[4] In 2016, Zadrozny ran for the elected position of the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner. He announced his candidacy in order to highlight his belief that he was victim of a politically motivated attack, relating to his arrest and questioning over historic child sex allegations (charges were subsequently dropped).

In 2017 he was elected to Nottinghamshire County Council for the new Ashfields Division as an Ashfield Independent.[5] His party fielded five candidates in that election and won all five.

In 2017, he ran in the Hucknall North council by-election, where his party gained the seat after the Conservative incumbent was elected to Westminster and resigned his local council seat.

He followed this success in the Sutton Junction and Harlow Wood by-election in December 2018 where his party romped home, gaining the seat with 82% of the vote.[6]

In 2018 Zadrozny was once again selected Leader of Ashfield District Council after eight councillors defected from the incumbent Labour administration. Highly promoted policies include the construction of a new leisure centre with swimming pools for Kirkby-in-Ashfield,[7] restoration of the town clock[8] and community spring clean events.[9]

In July 2019 Zadrozny declared his intention to stand for election to Parliament for the Ashfield Constituency, after an unsuccessful attempt once before in 2010.[10] He did not win, coming second with 27.6%.

In that 2010 election, Zadrozny (as a Liberal Democrat candidate) lost out to Labour's Gloria de Piero by just 192 out of 48,196 votes cast, making it one of the closest results in the UK and the second biggest swing of the General Election.[11]

Zadrozny has stated that he voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in the 2016 membership referendum and has advocated leaving the EU as soon as possible.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Zadrozny is single and still lives in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

In 2015 he was arrested and charged historic child sex offences. Three years later the case was dropped after the Crown Prosecution presented no evidence in the trial.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "24housing » News » Labour crashes to Budget week by-election defeat".
  2. ^ "Million pound boost will transform Annesley's Acacia centre". www.chad.co.uk.
  3. ^ https://www.chad.co.uk/news/video-dame-kelly-opens-new-163-16m-lammas-leisure-centre-1705958
  4. ^ "Jason Zadrozny wins the Ashfields County Council Division" – via www.youtube.com.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlf4356zaZw
  6. ^ https://www.chad.co.uk/news/politics/ashfieldindependents-storm-sutton-junction-and-harlow-wood-by-election-1-9490493
  7. ^ "Plans unveiled for £14m leisure centre and swimming pool in Kirkby". www.chad.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Kirkby's Nag's Head clock has 'brought the heartbeat back into town'". www.chad.co.uk.
  9. ^ "The BIG Spring Clean is a BIG success - Ashfield District Council". www.ashfield.gov.uk.
  10. ^ https://soundcloud.com/mansfield-103-2/whos-taking-care-of-business-jason-zadrozny-090719 https://westbridgfordwire.com/jason-zadrozny-to-stand-in-next-general-election/
  11. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/england/8653930.stm
  12. ^ "Ashfield election candidates lay out why you should vote for them". The Chad. November 27, 2019.
  13. ^ "Councillor's child sex case thrown out". October 30, 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.