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Labour Candidates in West Sussex County Council Elections

Here is a list of our Labour candidates standing in the West Sussex County Council Elections on May 4th.

Simon Birnstingl : Bramber Castle Division

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I have lived in Upper Beeding for 18 years. It's a great place for someone like me who grew up in the countryside and loves the outdoors.

I have been a parish councillor for twelve years. I've been chair of the council for the last three years. Previously as chair of the Amenities Committee I oversaw the introduction of an ongoing tree planting policy that is transforming our village street scene. I also updated the play equipment in our children's play areas and introduced adult seating. My policy of reviewing and improving our community assets led to the annual maintenance scheme for the Beeding Memorial Playing Field that has led to it being recognised as one of the best sports fields in Sussex.

I believe that councils should look like the people they claim to represent so that they can make the right sort of decisions. I am used to working with people from every background to do the right thing for our communities.

Our aims should be to help our communities to thrive and develop for the benefit of everyone. I have always worked with this aim. The challenges of Brexit make this even more important.

Tory policies are hitting our public services just when we need them most. If Britain is to hold its own we need the best education for our children. The Tories are doing exactly the opposite. Schools are facing drastic cuts that put our future prospects in jeopardy.

Only Labour can offer us a better future, together.

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Caroline Fife : Storrington

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As the Candidate for Storrington Division I would work on the following areas.

Firstly I want to work on school funding. At the moment schools have been forced to restructure staff and cut jobs. I want to ensure there are jobs for local people. I want schools resourced to give children the best possible start in life. I work for a union and have recently been involved in a number of consultations with local schools. They have been forced to make cuts and are struggling to manage because of a lack of funding.

I want to plan to improve bus services by providing more frequent buses with affordable fares. My aim would be to integrate bus services with rail services. This would allow the community better access to public transport.

Pollution is a concern in Storrington and I plan to investigate options to improve improve traffic flow.

The NHS and Social Care need to work more closely to keep people well at home. I want to look at ways to achieve this to allow local residents to be cared for in their community. This would reduce pressure on the NHS and speed up treatment.

Horsham District Council implemented time limits and car park charges in rural car parks. The local Labour Party campaigned on this as local shops were concerned it would damage business. I want to review the time limits and charges to see what impact they have had locally.

I want to make this area to be a better place to live and work.

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Roger Nash : Fontwell

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Roger is well-known locally for his many years of service spent as Councillor on both Bognor Regis Town and Arun District Council. He is Vice-president of the Rocks football club as well as being organiser of the recent Southdowns Folk Festival. He has also been a central figure in driving forward Town and Regeneration issues.

 

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Jane Mote : Pulborough

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I am committed to making Pulborough a better place to live.

The current Tory dominance at West Sussex County Council needs challenging. Under their direction, education, social care and local transport services have been subject to unprecedented cuts. Under the Tories, local schools are facing a potential four day week, putting pressure on our childrens education as well as their parents childcare schedule. Additionally, adult social care budgeting has been slashed by £48m since 2010, leaving already vulnerable people without vital services and support.

As your councillor, I pledge to campaign tirelessly for fair funding for our schools and improvements to adult social care by opposing budget cuts. I will continue my campaign to fight rural car parking charges to protect Pulborough’s high street businesses, and lobby to take back Southern Rail from the disastrous ownership of Govia GTR. I will also support the reinstatement of Highways Rangers to improve our local roads and footpaths.

The current Tory leadership is simply not working. I urge you to vote Labour on May 4th and vote for change.

 

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Norina O'Hare : Hurstpierpoint & Bolney

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I have lived in Hurstpierpoint for 16 years and my two children attended local schools – St Lawrence’s and Downlands. I believe that properly funded public services are fundamental to our communities. I want our communities to thrive together to help the many not the few. I am tired of our local politicians doing nothing about the funding crisis affecting our local schools and cutting all the other local services to the bone. As your voice on West Sussex County Council I will fight for the resources we need here and make sure that your voice is heard at County Hall.

http://hassockshurstlabour.org.uk/

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Darren Pearce : Angmering & Findon

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I have lived in the Sussex Counties all my life. For many years, the Tories have taken the electorate for granted. I am totally committed to support local residents to fight for the services and changes that the ordinary, hard working people of Angmering and Findon Division deserve and demand from the County Council, whilst ensuring complete value and transparency for taxpayers money.

Darren is standing as Labour & Co-operative Party Candidate.

https://www.darrenpearce-labourparty.co.uk/

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Freddie Tandy : Arundel & Courtwick

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Born in Littlehampton nearly 30 years ago and brought up in Wick, I am a teacher at Littlehampton Academy and have always proudly called this area my home.

I have been active in the community for many years, and have been a Littlehampton Town Councillor since 2015. Too many people want to talk our area and its residents down. As a councillor my role is to seek to change this. If elected, I will fight to halt and reverse the cuts in services at County level which have a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable in our society.

A decent council is not just a tax collector, but also a social contributor. My key priority would be to ensure that our young people are gifted community they can proudly call home, with decent housing, job opportunities and prospects for their future.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/labour4bognor/

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Linda Taylor : Hassocks & Burgess Hill South

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As a recently retired teacher, I have first hand experience of how Conservative dogma is destroying our much-valued public services. I want to offer a positive Labour alternative and will push for a better deal for all. I am not a  ‘career’ politician, just a local resident who will listen and work hard to get the resources that our community needs. This election is a chance to show those who take your vote for granted that you want to be listened to. If elected I promise to represent your interests and hold those in power to account. I will make sure your hard-earned money gets you the public services you want, need and deserve.”

As a recently retired teacher, I have first hand experience of how Conservative dogma is destroying our much-valued public services. I want to offer a positive Labour alternative and will push for a better deal for all. I am not a  ‘career’ politician, just a local resident who will listen and work hard to get the resources that our community needs. This election is a chance to show those who take your vote for granted that you want to be listened to. If elected I promise to represent your interests and hold those in power to account. I will make sure your hard-earned money gets you the public services you want, need and deserve.

http://hassockshurstlabour.org.uk/

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Helen Wright : Henfield

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It is time to change the habitual Tory dominance at West Sussex County Council.

Under there leadership vital services have been cut to the bone. Schools have never faced such overwhelming budget pressures, adult social care has seen a £48m Tory cut to its funding and we are facing an unprecedented housing crisis.

As your local councillor I will work hard to provide fair and sustainable funding for our schools and reverse the spiralling crisis to social care for our elderly residents. I will campaign to oppose Tory cuts to our NHS services which are being starved of funds and threatened through privatisation. Whilst I support sensible, sustainable development that allow our younger generation to live locally, I will oppose housing developments that go against local Neighbourhood Plans.

I have come to know Henfield and its surrounding area well over the last 5 years, but have also witnessed a sharp decline in our public services. It is time for a change.  We need a council that understands the concerns of its local population.  I therefore urge you to vote Labour on May 4th and vote for a better future.

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