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In 1998, I moved into temporary accommodation in Eastleigh.
At 17 years old, I attended Eastleigh College and completed an Advanced GNVQ in Art & Design.

After a year, I was housed in Velmore, during which time, via wonderful support from Labour’s New Deal scheme, and the staff at Eastleigh Job centre, I began working for Southampton City Youth Service, where I became a qualified youth worker and was subsequently employed as Editor of the youth magazine ‘Hype’, and supervisor to the New Deal team.
I worked in the city for 4 years before becoming a parent, and was housed on the Nightingale estate in 2005.

When my daughter started school, I returned to study, graduating with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Fine Art, at Winchester School of Art.

I am now employed as an Activities Coordinator for the charity South East Hampshire Community Outlook, working in Portsmouth, Gosport, Havant and Fareham, where I have developed a community art space with Big Lottery Funding and support from Fareham borough council and Vivid Housing.

We run free open sessions for local youth, with trips to the theatre and residential activities, and working with Highbury college, we offer free creative courses for adults.

It’s my job to make sure everybody gets a fair chance to be who they want to be, to create opportunities for locals to pursue their dreams and aspirations, to find training opportunities to enable their skills and to support them to reach their full potential.

I have a passion for Eastleigh, this is where I was given the opportunities and support to grow and progress, I’m living proof of investment returning!

Everybody should have a fair chance to build a life which not only provides them with a safe and secure base for living, bringing up a family, spending time with loved ones, but one which provides a platform for imagination and creativity!

Life should not be a constant struggle to simply survive and get by!

I believe the Labour party is the only party with policies that ensure people get the precious space and time they absolutely deserve to enjoy life!

Investment in people and support for each other always returns to feed the same drive!

Eastleigh has all the potential to showcase these standards, a beautiful Borough with wonderful character, a community of caring, imaginative and creative people, Labour can ensure everybody gets the opportunities they deserve to truly live, thrive and be happy.

Promoted by Philip Baker and Eastleigh Labour Party, both at 69 Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DF

Meet Tanya Judd for Eastleigh South

In 1998, I moved into temporary accommodation in Eastleigh.At 17 years old, I attended Eastleigh College and completed an Advanced GNVQ in Art & Design.After a year, I was housed...

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I am Stephen Willoughby and I am your Labour candidate for Eastleigh Borough Council in West End South. I have lived in West End for almost 3 years, having been in Southampton since 2000 and I work locally in the IT industry.

I have always been interested in politics, coming from a family where political discussions are frequently had around the dinner table and was inspired to join the Labour party following the unexpected result of last year’s General Election for Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.

I care passionately about the environment and if elected will push for more recycling so that as little as possible is sent to landfill.

I also want to improve transport and reduce congestion. Underinvestment in local infrastructure combined with a lack of an integrated public transport system has led to our roads being busier than ever. This congestion exacerbates the pollution and damage done to the environment. If elected I will push for better public transport, integrating buses and trains. Also more electric vehicle charging points to encourage use of low emission transport.

Locally, the biggest issue has to be housing. The Lib Dem run borough council has failed to  produce a local plan. They haven’t had one since 2011. This makes it much harder for the council to control new development. They literally have no plan. This demonstrates how badly the current administration is run. Labour aim to build more social and affordable housing, giving young people from the borough the opportunity to live in the borough, instead of providing more homes for people commuting to London.

Labour want a fairer, more prosperous society for the many, not just the few. West End can be part of that society and I want to lead that change. If you agree, then vote for Stephen Willoughby and Labour in West End South on Thursday May 3rd.

Promoted by Keith Day and Eastleigh Labour Party, both at 69 Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DF

Meet Stephen Willoughby for West End South

I am Stephen Willoughby and I am your Labour candidate for Eastleigh Borough Council in West End South. I have lived in West End for almost 3 years, having been...

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Socialist, trade union rep with UNISON and a Labour Party member for just over two years, I’ve been lucky enough to live almost my whole life in Botley.

We live in a world where the 42 wealthiest people own as much as the 3.7 billion poorest and an economic system prevails that threatens to make the planet uninhabitable, because those currently with power are unable and unwilling to imagine doing things any differently.

In Britain, the Conservative government continues to hand out gifts to the richest whilst the ship sinks, making the working class majority pay for the economic crisis. Their mission is to destroy the welfare state and re-establish a Victorian balance of power between the wealthy and the rest.

Because we’re willing to stand up to the powerful, to the banks, to big business and to landlords, we’re going to tackle this disgraceful inequality of wealth and power. In government we’re going to give workers the power to stand up to their bosses, we’re going to embark on a massive council house building programme and we’re going to ensure public services are properly funded so no one is left without the care they need.

The Labour movement is going to help bring about genuine democracy
Because we’re driven by what is right and what is necessary, and because we are internationalists, we’re going to meet the challenge of climate change and building a sustainable future – something no country can do alone.

In the 21st century we have the resources and creativity to do all this. What we need now is the will to do it.

Vote for Labour councillors and MPs who will fight for the alternative we need, but don’t stop there. Join the Labour Party, join a trade union, and help decide our direction and hold the leaders of our movement to their words.

Promoted by Keith Day and Eastleigh Labour Party, both at 69 Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DF

Meet Callum Williamson for Botley

Socialist, trade union rep with UNISON and a Labour Party member for just over two years, I’ve been lucky enough to live almost my whole life in Botley.We live in...

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My priorities as a councillor would be cleaner air, better public transport and for housing to meet local need.

I would work for a housing programme for our community, not for Buy to Let, not for Buy to Leave investors and not exclusively for wealthy people. Local housing is being shaped and manipulated by profit driven developers. This must change. We need the right houses in the right place.

I will aim to promote a cutting edge, more comfortable, faster and an integrated bus system. Buses with more environmental engines. West End needs a service that will result in fewer cars thus reducing pollution and reducing congestion.

Charging points for electric cars are a must.

To encourage more shorter journeys to be made by bicycle, requires safer, more practical cycle routes and more places to lock up bikes.

West End deserves cleaner air to improve life expectancy and improve health and our young people deserve somewhere to live.

Promoted by Keith Day and Eastleigh Labour Party, both at 69 Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DF

Meet Geoff Kosted for West End North

My priorities as a councillor would be cleaner air, better public transport and for housing to meet local need. I would work for a housing programme for our community, not...

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I have lived in Fair Oak for the best part of fifty years. I have struggled with the traffic all that time, and despaired as more and more houses have been built, without any improvements to the infrastructure.

The building of 350 houses recently on a site with inadequate drainage and sewage systems has caused disruption to existing residents, and damage to the ancient woodland of Stoke Park Woods. Planning permissions have been granted for 2000 houses recently, but there are no plans to improve access to Eastleigh, Southampton or Winchester.

I am opposed to Eastleigh Borough Council’s proposed Local Plan, opting for options B and C, which will further damage the woods, and destroy green fields. Promises to ‘create’ open spaces within these planned developments translates as leaving small areas of managed open space surrounded by houses, rather than fields of flowers, birds and wild mammals. I don’t need to spell out the pressure on health services, social services and schools. If Eastleigh Borough Council can borrow money to build premises for hotels and Marks & Spencer, why don’t they create doctors’ and dentists’ surgeries where they are needed?

For many years I was a volunteer teaching for the Adults Literacy and Basic Skills scheme. I have served on Fair Oak Parish Council, and am a volunteer Trustee of Fair Oak Village Hall.

Promoted by Sue Toher and Eastleigh Labour Party, both at 69 Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DF

Meet Mary Shephard for Fair Oak & Horton Heath

I have lived in Fair Oak for the best part of fifty years. I have struggled with the traffic all that time, and despaired as more and more houses have...

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My name is Andrew Helps and I am the Labour Party candidate for Botley. I have been a member of the Labour Party since 2010 and have lived in Hedge End for the last 24 Years. Six months ago I moved to Botley with my Partner into our first home. I am standing for Eastleigh Borough Council because I always have wanted to help others and I believe that everyone should be treated equally. Since moving into the Botley area we have had tremendous amounts of major roadworks like the Sundays Hill bypass and Maypole Roundabout redesign.

As a member of the Labour Party I have stood for election in my previous ward Hedge End Wildern. While living in Wildern I have supported the community with minor road repairs chasing the County Council to ensure sunken manholes were resolved quickly. I also worked hard chasing the borough council to resolve the flooding footpath, which ran through the woods between Turnpike way recreational ground and Greta Park.

If you would like to get in contact with me please contact me at andrewhelpslabour@yahoo.co.uk.

Promoted by Keith Day and Eastleigh Labour Party, both at 69 Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DF

Meet Andrew Helps for Botley

My name is Andrew Helps and I am the Labour Party candidate for Botley. I have been a member of the Labour Party since 2010 and have lived in Hedge...

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I have lived in Bishopstoke for the past fifteen years. Working most of my career in social care, I am well aware of the challenges that the current situation within health and social care presents at current time. Bringing up a family over the past few years, I understand the pressures that families are under, from trying to get the kids to school on time, battling through the traffic in rush hour, through to juggling a balance in spending time at work, doing chores, and enjoying your families.

Having elderly family members, I'm also aware of the concerns around accessing community facilities, both social and essential services such as medical facilities. The lessening of public transport and the reliance on friends, family and the voluntary sector to provide social access support has become ever more important.

Travelling in the area, as all of us that use the roads know, is increasingly time consuming due to the ever growing congestion. The increase in building, although in many ways progressive when planned well, can also lead to over stretched resources and infrastructure, overcrowded schools, increasing waiting time at the doctors, and queues of stopped traffic on ever busy roads.

There are many issues that our communities face that are of concern to me as I am sure are also of concern to many of you. Equally I am sure that many of you have other concerns that you would like to take up with those that will represent you on the Borough Council.

From environmental responsibility through to better facilities for our young people through to our most senior ones. Your views should be in the minds of those that decide our all our futures when decisions are being made. Talk to us, talk to me. Vote Labour in the upcoming Borough Council election.

Promoted by Sue Toher and Eastleigh Labour Party, both at 69 Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DF

Meet Ray Bellinger for Bishopstoke

I have lived in Bishopstoke for the past fifteen years. Working most of my career in social care, I am well aware of the challenges that the current situation within...

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I’ve lived in Bishopstoke for many years, and  since retiring have taken an increasingly active part in our village community.  I was a Bishopstoke Parish Councillor (with a particular interest in Planning) between 2008 and 2016.  I'm passionately opposed to the Liberal Democrats' proposals for Bishopstoke (options B and C) contained in Eastleigh Borough Council's draft Local Plan and supported by all three of Bishopstoke's Liberal Democrat councillors.

Housing :   The Liberal Democrat council failed to produce an acceptable Local Plan back in 2011. This has led to the creation of another draft plan, ticking all the Tory Government's boxes. 

So what have we ended up with?   A proposal for another 5200 homes over the next 18 years, destined to change the face of Bishopstoke forever. Two things:  firstly the Liberal Democrats have changed the goalposts:  building 3200 homes would have met the Government's requirement.   Secondly, if new homes are to be built, we need them to meet local need, and that need is for good quality affordable housing with plenty of options to rent.

I am standing in these Council elections because I want Bishopstoke residents to have a voice: to have a Councillor who listens to them rather than following the majority Party's line.   

Transport

We're not too badly off for public transport in much of  Bishopstoke.  No. 2 buses are frequent and reliable. For people living in the furthest reaches of Bishopstoke it's a different story.  If you live in Stoke Common you're nowhere near a bus stop.    If you've lived in that area for a while, you'll know that sometimes there's a bus service there - and sometimes there isn't ... And having a Car Share isn't the same.

Bus routes spring up in our village - and then disappear.  Anyone remember Black Velvet? The Blue Star F service?   You can now catch an Exel bus to Hamble from Bishopstoke - via Horton Heath!  Great news - but how long will this new service last? For too long the Borough Council has been hostage to the whims of the bus operators. 

Bishopstoke residents need Councillors who can argue for their transport needs.

Health

One GP Surgery, (Stokewood) serves many of the 20 000+ residents of Bishopstoke Fair Oak and Horton Heath with the possibility of attending routine appointments at the (now) satellite surgery, The Old Anchor.

The surgeries, like others throughout the country, are stretched to the limit.  Waits of 5-6 weeks for a non-urgent appointment are the norm.   With a growing number of homes in the area things can only get worse.   Labour believes there's an urgent need for another surgery in the BIshopstoke Fair Oak and Horton Heath area and/or the return of Old Anchor to its former status as a fully operational GP surgery.

A shortage of GPs and the drastic underfunding of the NHS by the Tories is the root cause of the problem.  Vote Labour to help us try to redress the balance.

Promoted by Sue Toher and Eastleigh Labour Party, both at 69 Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DF

Meet Chris McKeone for Bishopstoke

I’ve lived in Bishopstoke for many years, and  since retiring have taken an increasingly active part in our village community.  I was a Bishopstoke Parish Councillor (with a particular interest...

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My name is Betty Lou Layland.  I am a Hedge End resident of 45 years.

I started life with my family in rented Council owned property.  As a young adult I worked in a London Stockbrokers with a high salary.  Once my marriage broke down I stayed at home, coping as a one parent family with 2 young sons.  The benefit system saw us through and we felt secure.  Whilst my sons were doing “A “and “O” level exams I trained for my Social Work degree.  I remained single, working for 16 years as a Social Worker in all Client Groups until I retired.

I have voted Labour all my life.

My belief is that Change is Coming!

The Labour Party at Borough and Government level has Policies and Plans that are nearest to my ideals. They will support vulnerable individuals and families that are struggling to “keep their head above water”.  The Labour Party will provide for us all rather than the privileged few.  Our NHS is safest in their “hands”.

I believe that living in Hedge End for so long gives me a good grasp of what you want and need from your Borough Council Members. My time relying on benefits and my career as a Social Worker has helped increase my understanding of the needs of the disadvantaged and the constraints on Professionals. There are particular difficulties with Health Care Provision which is even further being eroded by huge numbers of dwellings being built in our area. I want to keep this as a high priority issue at Borough level.

If I am elected I would prefer to hear from you which issues need my voice.  My reason for standing as a candidate is that I am passionate about retaining a Community in Hedge End which complies with the Residents preferences, as well as addressing the environmental and traffic problems of our Town Centre. There are too our GP limitations and overcrowded schools to keep high on the agenda when any planning application is being considered.  In relation to “new build”, I am fighting always for a good proportion of Council owned affordable dwellings.

If I gain a seat I will be a voice championing on behalf of the needs of the vulnerable and local resident families. 

I doubt that I need to point out the failings of Liberal Democrats or Conservatives.  Our Borough Council is out of touch with the concerns and wishes of Hedge End residents.  I want to remind you of the positives of the Labour Party in that it is on the side of the vulnerable and “regular” person in the Community, retaining the NHS and NOT onside with the extremely wealthy.

I encourage you to vote “with your heart”. That is what I do when I vote Labour.

Change is long overdue, time for you to be heard.

Promoted by Keith Day and Eastleigh Labour Party, both at 69 Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DF

Meet Betty Lou Layland for Hedge End South

My name is Betty Lou Layland.  I am a Hedge End resident of 45 years. I started life with my family in rented Council owned property.  As a young adult...

Southampton born and Hedge End resident for the past 25 years. Now retired (underwriter), so I can dedicate my time to wildlife conservation.  Locally this means my garden, volunteering for Hedge End Conservation Volunteers, and promoting Friends of Wildern Nature Park (Facebook) to engage with people in the community who also have a desire to see protection and enhancement of the area for the benefit of both people and wildlife. 

Where do I stand on the Labour political spectrum? Whilst I am in favour of a broad church socialist movement, my colours are firmly pinned to the Corbyn mast - because he is a man of integrity and principles that I support.  He represents a break from the past, meaning the neoliberalism of New Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats will be dumped with the election of a Labour government.

Locally we need a plan.  Decisions on housing developments being made now will impact for decades.  There has not been nearly enough consideration for the environment (habitat needs to be hugely increased, not surrounded and destroyed), for infrastructure (health services are in crisis, transport congestion on the increase, etc) and for homes to match local needs (i.e. affordable to buy or to rent, with high quality, high spec council homes a must). Instead, we are told railway stations will have more car parking spaces - indicating that more and more people will be sucked in to an area that has already seen massive growth, and giving the lie to the idea that it reflect local needs.

I also pledge to be an open, honest and accountable representative.  We need a council where transparency is the default, rather than one where Freedom of Information requests have to be used in an effort to find out what's going on with the voters money.  We need to give meaning to the word 'democracy'.

Change can't come too soon, and it starts locally.  Labour is for the many, not the few.

Please show the way by voting Labour, Thursday, 3rd May.

Terry Crow, Prospective Labour candidate for Hedge End South 2018.

Promoted by Keith Day and Eastleigh Labour Party, both at 69 Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DF

Meet Terry Crow for Hedge End South

Southampton born and Hedge End resident for the past 25 years. Now retired (underwriter), so I can dedicate my time to wildlife conservation.  Locally this means my garden, volunteering for...

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