HOVE LOCAL ELECTIONS: Hangleton & Knoll – meet the candidates

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By GeorgeHA | Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 22:16

The Ward of Hangleton & Knoll has three seats on

Brighton and Hove City Council. It is 723.5 hectares in size and has 6,070

dwellings. 14,299 people live in the Hangleton & Knoll  Ward, with an average age of 40.1 years

(Brighton and Hove average age as a whole 38.8)

The following candidates are standing for election on May

5th 2011.

Martin Ashby                                     Green

Party First Choice Candidate

Martin Ashby is a medical consultant in palliative medicine

at a hospice in Worthing.

Martin lives in Brighton with his partner and cares deeply

about preserving the health service and improving the quality of care for those

who live in the community but need help.

In his spare time, Martin enjoys cycling and walking on the


More about the local Green Party here 

Dawn Barnett                                   Conservative

Party Candidate

‘Localism’ is just a word to many people, but to me it means

that we can at last start to do the right things for local people. This is why

I recently agreed to Chair a review of Housing Policy across the city. The

recommendations, if Labour and the Greens don’t put a stop to them, will mean

that local people will be given higher priority to Social Housing: something

which was not always the case in the past.

I am a local person who only wants the best for the area.

The close working relationship that David, Tony and I formed with Council

Service providers, means that Hangleton and Knoll has really improved over the

last four years.

The tragic loss of David just before Christmas was a shock

to us all, but our new candidate for Hangleton and Knoll, Michael Ireland, is a

man with a passion for improving the area, just like Tony and me. I am looking

forward to working with him.

More about the local Conservative Party here

Adele Bates                            Green

Party Second Choice Candidate 

Adele Bates is a classically trained soprano who joined the

Green Party when she moved to Brighton and Hove a few years ago, inspired by

its actions and results in the city.

Adele sings in a range of styles and in multiple languages,

including Scandinavian, and when not performing professionally, she has

entertained at social events and fundraisers, with green-themed songs of


More about the local Green Party here

Lawrence David Collins             Liberal


A local resident, Lawrence Collins wants to see an increase

in recycling rates and the items that are include to food, garden waste and

other forms of plastic.

Like his fellow Liberal Democrat colleagues, he also wants

to support small traders and post offices in the ward.

More about the local Liberal Democrat Party here

Nic Compton                               Green

Party Third Choice Candidate

Nic Compton is a freelance journalist who has lived in the

Brighton area for nearly 20 years.

Nick studied Global Political Economy at Sussex University

and has written nine books, including co-authoring two popular books on

economics, 30-Second Economics and Tweetonomics.

He believes that economics (and banks in particular) need to

be reined in and made to serve society - rather than vice versa. He is married

with three children, ranging in age from one to 21.

More about the local Green Party here

Brian Fitch                           

The Labour Party Candidate

Brian Fitch has over 30 years experience as a Hove and

Brighton Councillor and has a reputation as a man who gets things done.

Brian has campaigned on issues as diverse Bus Services, Post

Offices and services for the elderly. A staunch supporter of the winter fuel

allowance and the Christmas Bonus he was a pioneer for the Free Bus Pass for

the over 60s.

Brian is currently very concerned by high youth unemployment

figures and believes action should be taken at local and national level.

More about the local Labour Party here


Dominic John Ford                  The

Labour Party Candidate

Dominic Ford has worked in the NHS since 1989, including

many years running a community health council.

The Labour team in Hangleton is campaigning to defend local

bus services and the school sports partnerships and to scrap the proposed

increase in petrol duty.

More about the local Labour Party here

Jo Heard                                Independent

Jo Heard says being Independent means she can represent the

residents openly and honestly with no hidden agenda.

Jo’s previous roles include running the Neighbourhood Watch,

school governor, Hangleton and Knoll Project trustee and founder of the

Spotlight Players.

Jo has lived in Elm Drive for 11 years and her teenage

children go to Blatchington Mill. Her slogan is “With you and for you”.

Michael Andrew James Ireland             Conservative

Party Candidate

I work with our fantastic new MP Mike Weatherley in

Parliament. I was lucky enough to work full-time with Mike in his election

campaign and am now his Parliamentary Researcher.

A Hove resident for most of my life, I love our city and am

honoured to have the opportunity to run for council. I hope to represent the

residents of Hangleton & Knoll by championing the issues that matter.

Having campaigned with Mike and councillors throughout the

city, I know that the best way to do this is by engaging with residents, being

out on the doorsteps and feeding back their concerns.

I will be out on the streets with Tony and Dawn, so please

do not hesitate to get in touch as I would really like to get to know you all


More about the local Conservative Party here

Tony Janio                            Conservative

Party Candidate

I am extremely proud to have spent the last four years, as

part of the Conservative Administration, serving the residents of Hangleton and

Knoll. Over this period I believe that our quality of life has improved, but I

know that there is still so much more that we can achieve.

My main fear is that a return of another Labour/Green

Administration will bring an end to the improvements we have seen. However, I

am full of hope, as I believe that recent announcements from Eric Pickles MP,

Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, will help us all,

together, to achieve great things in Hangleton and Knoll.

Eric’s Department has worked with local councils to help

freeze Council Tax next year. But we have gone one step further— by proposing a

reduction. Eric has also scrapped Labour’s plans for new bin taxes, pledged

help for councils to build new homes, encouraged councils to tackle

unauthorised traveller sites and moved to cut red tape. I think this is a great

start, but we need the support of residents to continue to champion your

interests in these difficult times.

More about the local Conservative Party here

 Alun Wynne Jones             The

Labour Party Candidate

 Alun Jones works for Southern as a Sales Assistant and has

been a resident of Hangleton for 23 years with his children having attended

local schools.

Alun has been active for the community over the years having

been Chair of Governors at Hangleton Infants School and for several years was

Treasurer of Hangleton Community Association.

Alun has also been active in Trade Union activities having

been a Full Time Trade Union Officer for many years and currently being a Union

Representative for his colleagues.

More about the local Labour Party here

Dinah Margaret Staples             Liberal


Like her fellow Liberal Democrat candidate, Dinah Staples is

keen to support local, independent businesses and bring communities together to

fight anti-social behaviour.

Dinah also wants to improve recycling rates.

More about the local Liberal Democrat Party here



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