Former Swindon Council leader in leukaemia battle

Former Swindon Council leader Coun Mike Bawden, who is battling leukaemia. He has had support from Tory group colleagues

Former Swindon Council leader Coun Mike Bawden, who is battling leukaemia. He has had support from Tory group colleagues

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Colleagues have thrown their support behind Coun Mike Bawden, who has been diagnosed with leukemia.

The former Swindon Council leader was diagnosed with the condition last week, and is undergoing urgent treatment.

Coun Bawden, (Con, Chiseldon and Lawn), has been a familiar face in local politics for decades, first being elected to Swindon Council in 1967.

He is now taking some rest while he undergoes treatment, but is determined to continue his work in any way possible.

“It has all been moving very quickly over the last few days,” said Coun Bawden. “It became quite bad during Christmas and New Year, and I have been to Great Western Hospital for various blood transfusions.

“I was told it was leukaemia last Friday when I went for a blood test. Now it is a matter of sorting out a programme for me which will control my white blood cells.”

While he has been advised not to attend meetings, Coun Bawden will still be involved with some projects as he recovers.

“I have got to do what I am told, and the important thing is to get my medical problem sorted,” he said. “I have no idea how long that will take, and I am meeting with consultants reguarly to keep updated.

“What I am doing with the reintegration of Swindon Commercial Services I still want to be invoved with, and there are developments like the one in Wichelstowe I want to be able to see through.

“I am not going to be going to meetings because I cannot go anywhere. My defence mechanism is not as good as it usually is so I can’t take any risks.

“But I am keeping my eye on various projects which I have got to see through. With modern technology I do not have to turn up at meetings, and I can do most of my work on the phone or with email.”

Colleagues have sent their best wishes to Coun Bawden.

Leader David Renard said: “I want to wish Mike well. He has been an incredibly long serving councillor who has done a great deal for the borough of Swindon.

“I hope he can be back firing on all cylinders as soon as possible. He is still very keen to be involved, but there may be one or two meetings he cannot make.

“Mike is not one to shy away from getting involved in any situation, no matter how difficult it might be. I am sure while he is getting sorted out the rest of us can fill in for him at any meetings, and I am very keen to have him back.”

Swindon Mayor Nick Martin added: “Mike has been having a tough time at the moment, so we have to give him all the support we can.

“He is now on a course of treatment, and has been sent home to recover. That is never pleasant for anybody, and everyone at the council should rally around Mike at this time and give him our full support. I wish him a full and speedy recovery.”

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9:05am Fri 10 Jan 14

Old Town Comment says...

Whilst it is easy to dislike Cllr Bawden and discredit much he claims he has done for the town, it is important to remember that there are people behind the public position.
I cannot support Cllr Bawden the politician, but I wish Michael Bawden the person all the best in his battle for health.
Whilst it is easy to dislike Cllr Bawden and discredit much he claims he has done for the town, it is important to remember that there are people behind the public position. I cannot support Cllr Bawden the politician, but I wish Michael Bawden the person all the best in his battle for health. Old Town Comment
  • Score: 15

10:13am Fri 10 Jan 14

James Smith Bowser says...

Old Town Comment wrote:
Whilst it is easy to dislike Cllr Bawden and discredit much he claims he has done for the town, it is important to remember that there are people behind the public position.
I cannot support Cllr Bawden the politician, but I wish Michael Bawden the person all the best in his battle for health.
Wow, way to kick a bloke with cancer when hes down.

Would a simple " I wish Michael Bawden all the best in his battle for health." not have been simpler without the political sniping.

Really tasteful.

From the rest of Swindon Mr Bawden we wish you a speedy recovery and good luck with the fight whatever your day job!
[quote][p][bold]Old Town Comment[/bold] wrote: Whilst it is easy to dislike Cllr Bawden and discredit much he claims he has done for the town, it is important to remember that there are people behind the public position. I cannot support Cllr Bawden the politician, but I wish Michael Bawden the person all the best in his battle for health.[/p][/quote]Wow, way to kick a bloke with cancer when hes down. Would a simple " I wish Michael Bawden all the best in his battle for health." not have been simpler without the political sniping. Really tasteful. From the rest of Swindon Mr Bawden we wish you a speedy recovery and good luck with the fight whatever your day job! James Smith Bowser
  • Score: -4

10:32am Fri 10 Jan 14

Old Town Comment says...

To find this distasteful is a difference of opinion.

I am being consistent with views I have held, on forums, in public and in my personal dealings with Cllr Bawden. I have always been polite and I would find is disingenuous to pretend that I have changed my views on his policies just because he is ill.

If, or when I am ill, personally I would see it even more genuine if those who dislike me support my welfare. I would expect it from my friends, not necessarily from others. My comment was made in that spirit.

I am sorry that you don't agree, but I am genuine.

Probably best to stand back from that and say:

Get well soon Mike.
To find this distasteful is a difference of opinion. I am being consistent with views I have held, on forums, in public and in my personal dealings with Cllr Bawden. I have always been polite and I would find is disingenuous to pretend that I have changed my views on his policies just because he is ill. If, or when I am ill, personally I would see it even more genuine if those who dislike me support my welfare. I would expect it from my friends, not necessarily from others. My comment was made in that spirit. I am sorry that you don't agree, but I am genuine. Probably best to stand back from that and say: Get well soon Mike. Old Town Comment
  • Score: 5

1:42pm Fri 10 Jan 14

dglaholm says...

Well I wish him all the best and am thinking of his family as well.
Well I wish him all the best and am thinking of his family as well. dglaholm
  • Score: 8

3:01pm Fri 10 Jan 14

trolley dolley says...

Old Town Comment, Why did you not say "Get well soon Mike" in the first posting.

Best wishes Mike and get well quickly.
Old Town Comment, Why did you not say "Get well soon Mike" in the first posting. Best wishes Mike and get well quickly. trolley dolley
  • Score: -5

4:16pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Old Town Comment says...

I did.
Pls do not turn this into a spat.
Get well soon Mike.
I did. Pls do not turn this into a spat. Get well soon Mike. Old Town Comment
  • Score: 5

7:30pm Fri 10 Jan 14

sn5 says...

Get well soon Mike, a long record of service in Swindon (which some people forget is because people keep voting for him)

It's a shame one or two people are taking cheap shots at him commenting on a story about him being ill
Get well soon Mike, a long record of service in Swindon (which some people forget is because people keep voting for him) It's a shame one or two people are taking cheap shots at him commenting on a story about him being ill sn5
  • Score: 3

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