I am a 21-year-old student studying for an MA in History at Reading University, I work part-time at the local cinema in Eastleigh. I have always been political, first finding an interest during the great recession of 2008. I remember looking at the historical examples of economic crises and wanting to learn why this would happen and what could be done to better solve the crisis. I voted for Labour in my first General election in 2015, and that same night joined the party itself. Previously I had been a Lib-Dem supporter and voter but seeing how they enabled the Tories during the Coalition I lost all faith in their ability to pose a serious counter to Tory austerity; an economic philosophy that is fundamentally flawed and seriously outdated. Since then I have become more and more involved in The Labour Party and when asked if I would like to stand for councillor in Eastleigh, after moving to the area last year, I accepted.
The main reason I want to stand as your borough councillor for Eastleigh Central, is the critical underrepresentation of young people in our political circles, national and local. Every decision affects our generation, and too often we are not the ones making the decisions. However, I also feel I have the ideas, passion and commitment necessary to make me a great councillor. I am a passionate believer in open, consultative democracy. I want to represent you! To do this I promise to always be reachable, and to always take the time to listen, whatever the concern, whatever the problem I will commit myself to helping you solve it.
The biggest issues facing Eastleigh are undoubtedly housing and transport. Eastleigh needs a council unafraid to lead the way in local planning. One that will ensure a larger proportion of affordable housing, so that residents aren’t priced out of the community, but also so we can attract new consumers to boost the local economy and help local business thrive. A local council needs to ally itself with small businesses and help them grow. A transportation plan would need to be drawn up, so residents can rely on first class public transport, this helps the economy, it helps the environment and most importantly it helps us, the residents of Eastleigh.
Eastleigh needs change, and it needs it now. The local council have failed in their local plan, they have failed to provide the housing the people of Eastleigh need, instead opting to follow Tory government requirements for affordable housing. Our conservative MP Mims Davies has failed to protect the interests of the people of Eastleigh: Supporting damaging cuts to the NHS, Police and Armed Forces. Neither the Conservatives or Liberal Democrats will offer you something new, and something that works. I know myself and my fellow candidates for The Labour Party can. Therefore, I ask that this May you take the opportunity to show that Eastleigh has had enough, and vote Labour for the better, more prosperous future I know we can have.
Prospective Labour Candidate for Eastleigh Central 2018.
Promoted by Phil Baker and Eastleigh Labour Party, both at 69 Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DF