Our candidates on May 4

Alex_Tiley.jpgAlex Tiley, Cottenham and Willingham

I’m proud to be representing Labour in my local area, which has been neglected and taken for granted for too long. Willingham and Cottenham need a strong voice from the local community that will fight for the interests of locals. There have been new housing developments, and lots more people have come to make Willingham and Cottenham their home. More residents will mean more traffic and it is important that our roads are brought up to scratch to tackle congestion. Our local libraries are struggling because of the cuts the Tory council have made to their budget. They have reduced the bus service that runs from Willingham to Cambridge and surrounding areas. I will fight to make sure that the transport needs of local residents are represented and listened to in any future plans.

 

Chris_Coleridge.jpegChris Coleridge for Melbourn & Bassingbourn

I have lived in the Cambridge area since 2002. I have been a Labour member since 1990, ever since arriving as an émigré from the USA on the day of the Poll Tax riots. I have served as a parish councillor in Harlton since 2015, and in 2011 founded Haslingfield Colts FC, of which I am currently Chairman. I believe that Cambridgeshire is facing great challenges in its development around Cambridge, one of the most important cities in the world. With the expansion of Cambridge’s population and workforce, the County faces huge pressures on transport, housing, education, health and social care; Labour is needed to ensure that the County has the right strategies to provide a cleaner, fairer and safer environment for all. I am committed to working for social justice and an environment where all citizens are valued.

 

Darren Macey for Papworth & SwaveseyDarren_Macey.png

I have lived in Cambourne since 2005, the beneficiary of a Labour key worker housing policy that enabled my wife and I to purchase our first, shared ownership, home. As a Cambridge City centre worker I engage daily with different modes of transport, variously driving and using the park and ride service, riding my motorbike or cycling. As a consequence I am highly motivated to ensure that the standard of transport infrastructure is improved and that any investment in this area benefits the more isolated communities in Cambridgeshire as well as the main urban centres. I have been involved in education for most of my professional career. Our schools are under enormous pressure and if elected I will fight to represent the interests of the local educational institutions essential to enhancing the life chances of young people in the region.

 

Gavin Clayton for CambourneGavin_Clayton.jpg

I have lived in Cambourne since 2000, and have raised my family within Cambourne’s very first shared equity housing plot. I have enjoyed Cambourne’s successes, but also recognise the challenges that we face it as it continues to grow and mature as a settlement and community. The planned growth and increased disadvantage due to cuts impacting the most disadvantaged brings a pressing need for community facilities and services to be robustly negotiated with developers and corporate companies who will profit due to this expansion. Working at a senior level for mental health, disability and social care sector charities in my professional life I know how hard it is for ordinary people to deal with the uncertainties and reduced services that the government’s austerity agenda create for a majority of households and individuals and in particular for the poorest and most disadvantaged.

 

Jackie Scott for DuxfordJackie_Scott_2.jpg

I’ve lived in Cambridge for over 20 years and now live in the lovely village of Hinxton. I grew up in a working-class home that taught me the importance of hard work and family life. I am a Professor at the University of Cambridge and teach about social inequalities. Our County Council runs services for children and families, schools and learning, and social care and health that make a real difference to people’s lives. But these services could be improved. There is not enough high-quality affordable child-care. Schools and education services are struggling. Tory ideas of returning to grammar schools are misguided because they privilege the few at the expense of the many. Care services for vulnerable adults and elderly are patchy. These services matter for the quality-of-life of us all.

 

John Goodall for GamlingayJohn_Goodall.jpg

I taught for 10 years at a local comprehensive school before moving to work overseas. My experience of working in Syria, Libya, Philippines and Japan has given me a significant insight into some of the local problems that we face. The growing population has put extra pressure on our local surgery and we need more doctors with an expansion of the facility, so that patients can access the service they require without travelling to an A&E department. With this growing population, we have the problem of increased traffic and parking. There are places with excellent public transport which helps alleviate these problems. A member of the local council has identified the problem of providing adequate parking in new housing developments, but we also need to address the existing problems of congestion in the village for residents and customers of local services.

 

Mark Hurn for BourneMark_Hurn.JPG

My name is Mark Hurn, I am 53 years old and work as a librarian for the University of Cambridge. I have lived in Cambourne, Cambridgeshire since 2001. I do have some experience of local government, having been a school governor and served on Cambourne Parish Council. If elected I would make my priority social care. I am very concerned about the threat of cuts in this area. It is also important to maintain and improve the quality of services. Public transport is a vital service for many people, and a key element in reducing congestion and pollution on our streets. Local government has a key role in building communities and in Cambridgeshire we have the challenge of providing a balance of economic growth with its demands on transport and housing, with maintaining the quality of life and environment in our established villages. Not easy, but a challenge I am willing to accept.

 

Mike Nettleton for Sawston and the ShelfordsMike_oic.png

I’ve lived in Great Shelford since 1997, I run an IT consultancy and I chair the Parish Council. This is a great country; we live in one of the best parts of it. So what’s wrong? We have had Tory-led Governments and local councils since 2010. Their austerity measures are killing the country: How many pensioners must fall and break bones because of defective pavements before the County Council acts? What about potholes and road markings? County Council reaction – has there been an accident yet? We have a crisis in social care, leading to major delays in hospital A&E and admissions. We have virtually no affordable housing available. If you elect me as a Councillor, I will work hard for you and try to make a genuine difference. We will seek to Improve social care and ensure there is proper coordination between the NHS and social care provision, sort out infrastructure issues and address problems with affordable housing.

 

Sue Whitney for Sawston and the ShelfordsSue_Whitney.jpg

I grew up on the South Cambridgeshire border and returned to live in the area, settling in Sawston in 2000. I feel fortunate living in Sawston with its unique identity, thriving community, growing commercial sector, good facilities for health education and sport, pubs, dynamic church communities and much much more besides. As a prospective councilor, it is this quality of life I would wish to protect. There are huge challenges our community faces; meeting the needs of an ageing population; affordable housing; transport; ensuring that everyone has access to equal opportunities and that the young are equipped to face the future in a technological world. These challenges come along side the severe, drastic Conservative austerity measures which have decimated public services across the country. A scandal in a country with the 5th largest economy. First hand experience of cuts in local services have shown what they do to families, the young, the elderly and the vulnerable.

 

Norman Crowther for HardwickNorman_Crowther.jpg

I taught for 10 years at a local comprehensive school before moving to work overseas. My experience of working in Syria, Libya, Philippines and Japan has given me a significant insight into some of the local problems that we face. The growing population has put extra pressure on our local surgery and we need more doctors with an expansion of the facility, so that patients can access the service they require without travelling to an A&E department. With this growing population, we have the problem of increased traffic and parking. There are places with excellent public transport which helps alleviate these problems. A member of the local council has identified the problem of providing adequate parking in new housing developments, but we also need to address the existing problems of congestion in the village for residents and customers of local services.

 

Simon Down for Longstanton, Northstowe & OverSimon_Down.jpg

I have lived in Longstanton since 2013. I work as a senior academic manager at a local university. I have previously worked as an academic in Newcastle, Wollongong Australia, and Plymouth, but began my working life as an entrepreneur in the independent music sector before working for London Underground. I joined the Labour party for the first time two years ago as a result of its return to a more properly social democratic outlook and I’m excited by the growing mass political movement that Labour now represents. I believe that current Labour values represent the best chance that Britain has of reversing the damaging rise in inequality and lack of opportunity that successive governments have unwittingly supported and encouraged.

 

Stuart Hilpert for Bar Hillstuart_hilpert.jpg

I’ve lived in Bar Hill with my wife for 4 years, having previously lived in the city centre to study. I love the local community and am now proud to call Bar Hill my home with its great local services and friendly neighbourhoods. My job as a Brand Ambassador takes me around the whole region and this often highlights how special small communities such as Bar Hill are. For instance, just having a local library seems a privilege these days so having one as good as the Bar Hill is great and services like this are reasons to love Bar Hill. I have spent time working for the Civil Service, as a Union secretary, and studied as a mature student before my current role - each different experience teaching me new ways to look at the world.

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