Parish councils (including ours, even though we call it a Town Council) have unpaid councillors who are elected to serve for four years, unless a casual vacancy arises which may be filled by a by-election or by co-option.

Useful information:

List of Clare councillors

       Councillors’ Attendance records: May 2018 – Nov 2018;  May 2017 – April 2018

Previous years: May 2016 – April 2017;  May 2015 – April 2016

Councilllors’ Declaration of interests: these are held by St Edmundsbury Borough Council and may be viewed on our site.


We are represented by a ward councillor on St Edmundsbury Borough Council:Alaric Pugh

facebookAlaric Pugh
Well House, Well Lane, Clare CO10 8NH
M:  07930 460 899
E: alaric.pugh(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)
SEBC link


Within the Clare area we are represented by a councillor on Suffolk County Council:Mary Evans, SCC Councillor

Mary Evans
Old Village Hall, Lower Street, Stansfield CO10 8LP
T: 01284 789 478     M: 07970 187 864     E: mary.evans(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)
Suffolk link


Our local MP for the West Suffolk constituency:

facebookJames CartlidgeJames Cartlidge MP
Parliamentary Office: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
T: 0207 219 4875    E: this parenthesis with the @ sign)



All councillors are bound by the Suffolk Local Code of Conduct which shall be interpreted in accordance with the following 7 principles of public life identified by the Committee on Standards in Public Life chaired by Lord Nolan:

Selflessness – Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.
Integrity – Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
Objectivity In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
Accountability Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
Openness Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
Honesty – Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
Leadership – Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

These principles are included in an extended section of the Council’s Standing Orders.