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