North Somerset Labour Party are pleased to present to you the following candidates for the North Somerset Council local ward elections, which are being held on the 7th of May alongside the General Election. Our prospective councillors are presented in alphabetical order by Ward. Each candidate has put together a few words about themselves, their policies and what’s important to them.
Clevedon West – Stuart Hale
I am 51 years of age and have lived and worked in Clevedon all of my life. I work for an engineering company with 35 years of service. I represent the workers at my workplace as a shop steward and active member within the UK’s largest union Unite. I joined the Labour Party five years ago firmly believing working people’s interests are best served by labour being in government. I will endeavour to do my best to oversee the duties of North Somerset Council and represent local people.
I’m committed to protecting Clevedon Community Hospital – Councillors must realise the importance and value North Somerset patients/families place on having local accessible hospital care (remember how we watched Orchard view disappear along with its exceptional facilities for the community). It’s a vital not-for-profit, service. Our community Hospital also offers beds for support care, which is vital for our local carers, especially at a time when policy is to help patients stay in their own homes, where possible. If short-term cuts lead to the loss of these beds, this local community asset will never return – this would be wrong and reckless.
We must act to provide more good affordable local housing for local families.
Ensuring our local schools get the support and funding they need to be a success
Jobs and investment, training and opportunities, I know we can do more to help Clevedon
Transport – Ensuring local bus and train services meet the needs of local people.
Getting a fair share of funding from the council for sports and children’s play facilities
Tackling issues quickly, helping people when it’s needed, and working diligently for local people.
Clevedon South – Nikki Barton
Hello, I am Nikki Barton, a retired BT IT Engineer who lives in Clevedon. I am delighted to have been selected as the Labour Candidate for Clevedon South. I have previously held the roles of Chair of School Governors, National Trade Union Officer, Local Councillor, Alderman and Deputy Lord Mayor of Bristol. With this experience
I believe I would be an asset when working with local agencies enabling me to support and protect our council services, and to provide a better and safer future for you and your family. Should you elect me as your Local Councillor I will work tirelessly so that we can improve the everyday lives of all our residents.
Clevedon Walton – Ivy Cameron
I am standing as the Labour Party candidate in Clevedon Walton because I am so angry at this unelected Government’s cynical use of banker’s greed to justify a brutal assault on the well-being of vulnerable and hard-working people. There is no balance here between necessary efficiency savings and an investment in the economic future of the younger generation.
I am a long time Labour Party member and have lived in Clevedon for 20 years directing, with my husband, a small company delivering advice and training on practical employment law and industrial relations.
In my three major working roles as school teacher, national trade union negotiator and consultant I have developed extensive negotiating, campaigning and case work experience, including regular dealings with national and local Government agencies and departments.
I am passionate about using the law to help people achieve justice and fairness across public, private and community sectors.
If elected I will use my extensive campaigning, negotiating and casework experience to represent you on all of the relevant matters, including local planning, the condition of roads and pavements, the standard of local schools and waste collection.
I will keep in regular contact with you via drop in sessions and newsletters.
Clevedon East – Kevin O’Brian
Hello, I am Kevin O’Brien and I live in Clevedon. I am delighted to have been selected as the Labour candidate for District and Parish Councillor in Clevedon East.
I was an IT professional who worked in HR and Finance; I am now retired so if selected as your councillor it will be my full-time commitment.
I believe that local people should determined how money and resources are used to improve the everyday lives of the our community. So I promise to provide a coherent voice that represents your wishes and aspirations. I shall work diligently on the issues that matter to you and I will fight to protect our local services.
Clevedon Yeo Michael Harriott – (To Follow)
Gordano Valley Katherine Everitt (Angela) –
Long Ashton – David Johnson
Dave Johnson has lived in Long Ashton for nearly ten years. Dave was involved in the early stages of the Long Ashton Neighbourhood Plan and is also standing as the Labour Party candidate for Long Ashton Parish Council. Dave is a former Avon County Councillor and Bristol City Councillor. As a councillor he was very involved in planning, transport, culture, parks and environmental matters and served on numerous planning committees. He has also been a school governor.
Dave teaches town planning at the University of the West of England. He has also worked for the National Union of Students, Future West – a local charity promoting sustainable development in the West of England, and for English Heritage.
Here are my priorities if I am elected: an end to cuts in local public services; more affordable homes; a fairer, greener world; invest in our young people and their future; better public transport; and a council that really works for all the people of North Somerset.
Nailsea Yeo – Peter Harris (Words to Follow)
Portishead East – Anthony Hill
Anthony has lived in Portishead for the past 7 years with his partner and two children aged 9 and 6. Anthony’s children attend a local primary school and like many parents worries about the shortage of school places in the town.
Anthony works for the Children’s charity Barnardo’s and has done for the last 19 years, managing services for vulnerable children in North Somerset and Bristol.
Through his work, Anthony has seen the difference that well run services including youth services, children’s centres and family support services can make for children and young people and their future opportunities.
Anthony says “It would be an honour to represent the people of Portishead, to champion our fantastic community and to ensure it has the services it needs.”
Portishead North – John Farnham
I moved to Portishead in 2008 with my partner whose family moved here over 20 years ago. I am originally from London but was a regular visitor to Portishead and have been amazed by the change from a village to a thriving town. I am a humble man and very proud of my working class background. I was born in the 50’s where times were fairly hard and poverty was experienced by many families and I am deeply proud of my upbringing.
I would like the opportunity to be a North Ward councillor that fights for, and support the residents of Portishead. This is a vibrant, diverse, engaging community and needs champions to push through changes. The infrastructure for Portishead needs to be high on the agenda to get the services, the roads and the links to this town and for its people.
Before I moved to Portishead I had experience of working with The London Borough of Redbridge as a Chairman, was an active as a co-opted tenant member on the Social Services Scrutiny Committee and was Vice Chair of the Leaseholders Group & enjoyed this role very much. I encouraged residents to get involved, was their spokesperson when holding Redbridge Council to account, and stood by my convictions. I hope to represent North Ward, be a voice to support Labour within Portishead as well as the community and fight for the cause I may be campaigning on about.
I have had a varied career and currently work for The Cop-operative in Avonmouth as a shift worker, an Inspector on London Underground for 12 years, in the Security industry for 23 years as Head Supervisor and Mobile Support Manager where I experienced human behaviour at its worst and sometimes funniest! In my youth I was in the Territorial Army Parachute Regiment for 5 years and appreciated knowledge and the training I was given.
Portishead South – Terry Lester
Terry Lester has lived in Portishead for nearly twelve years. She has brought up three daughters, and was a teacher 32 years after which she worked in the field of energy assessments. She is interested in environmental and education issues as well as the arts.
Moving from Hertfordshire for a post in Bristol she chose to settle in Portishead because of its strong sense of community. She was a local councillor for twelve years and has also had experience in being a primary school governor and with various community/charity groups.
She would now like to use this experience in Portishead where she is standing for both District and Town council seats.
“ I have devoted a lot of time to voluntary groups since finishing work and I am a very firm supporter of the voluntary sector. However, I know that a strong voice is needed for the residents at local government level as well. I am a strong supporter of the MetroWest project bringing the railway back to Portishead. I am also keen to support resolution of smaller projects that will assist residents day to day. I would be very proud to be a strong voice for the ward.”
Portishead West – Paul Dunn
Paul is 68 and married, with two children and three grandchildren, and has lived in Portishead for 27 years and enjoys walking, reading, the theatre and a wide range of music, and now has an allotment.
During his career he has worked as a coal miner, ran a successful European project for the TUC, was a senior manager of Unison, the chief executive of a skills and enterprise quango, chief executive of a SW regional charity, and worked as an equality and human rights consultant.
Paul has sung in the choral society choir, the Portishead community choir and used to play trombone in the Portishead town band.
A past chair of the Bristol International Twinning Committee and the Bristol Link with Beira, Mozambique, Paul has been involved with anti-apartheid and its successor, ACTSA, for many years and was a member of the Bristol executive committee for many years.
Wrington – Patrick Cooney (To Follow)
Yatton – Hedley Woods
I have lived in the area for 20 years running, with my wife, a small company delivering advice and training on practical employment law and industrial relations. Off duty I have greatly enjoyed fishing from the pier and at Blagdon and walking our dog around the towns and its environs.
I am a long serving member of the Labour Party. In my working roles as a national trade union negotiator and consultant I have developed extensive negotiating, campaigning and case work experience, including regular dealings with national and local Government agencies and departments.
I am standing as the Labour Party candidate in Yatton because I am so angry at this unelected Tory dominated Government’s cynical use of banker’s greed to justify a brutal assault on the well-being of vulnerable and hard-working people whilst enabling the rich to prosper. There is no balance here between necessary efficiency savings and an investment in the economic future of the younger generation.
Yatton – Richard Westwood
“Richard Westwood is a retired teacher who is married and has lived in North Somerset since 2008. He was an elected Labour councillor in North Herefordshire for 20 years.
If elected for Yatton he would make improving the state of the roads in Yatton a priority. Some of the road surfaces are in an appalling condition, Wakedean Gardens being an example. “