I live on the border of Eastleigh with my wife and our six children. Our older children were educated at Barton Peveril College then in Southampton Uni and the younger ones are in primary and secondary schools. I am a supporter of Eastleigh Football Club and Southampton FC where my son is a season ticket holder. My interest in local football goes back to 1999 when I was proud to sponsor Bishopstoke football team.
My first connection with Eastleigh and the surrounding area started in 1998 when I opened an Indian fast food business (The Mystery in Fair Oak), and recently I’ve opened a new restaurant Steak and Spice in Leigh Road. My family and I have been in the fast food industry at various times since 1989 in Southampton, Thornhill, Totton, Sarisbury Green and Bishopstoke.
Away from my working life I have always enjoyed being involved in community work, helping out wherever and however I can, and have been involved with a number of voluntary organisations. I am currently Chairman of Amity International Aid a registered charity that helps the community here and abroad and I have also organised many job and adult educational related courses for the local community in Southampton and surrounding areas.
I joined the Labour Party when Tony Blair became leader, and actively campaigned during the 1997 General Election for John Denham and Dr Alan Whitehead. I have been Campaign Organiser/Press Officer for Eastleigh Labour Party as well as Ethnic Minority Officer. I stood as a candidate for the Bursledon and Old Netley ward in May 2016 Eastleigh Borough Council elections and for Eastleigh South in the 2017 County Council elections.
I believe that we are all here for a purpose and we must fulfil that purpose. My priority is to help our community and assist the people who need help by making sure their voices are heard. I care deeply about education, jobs, and the NHS (both locally and nationally). It is disturbing to see the Government cuts that are affecting our neighbours, particularly the elderly, and I’m determined not to let all these cuts happen without a fight. That’s why I joined protests against the closure of Sure Start Children’s Centres in Eastleigh and Winchester, and the proposed closures of libraries in the borough. I was there with residents objecting to the planning application for fast food outlets on the site of the old Civic Offices and Magistrates Court in Leigh Road. I support the renationalisation of the railways and keeping medical facilities on the Moorgreen Hospital site.
Whilst appreciating the need for truly affordable homes within our community, I am concerned about the destruction to our countryside and increased pressure on local infrastructure by major developments locally. I am campaigning against destructive development that will see major development north of Bishopstoke and Fair Oak endangering our precious countryside. I also would like to see small and local businesses be able to thrive and more actively at Eastleigh market.
I feel strongly that if you want to make a difference and really help the causes you believe in then you have to stand up and fight.
Promoted by Phil Baker and Eastleigh Labour Party, both at 69 Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DF