HOVE LOCAL ELECTIONS: Westbourne Ward – meet the candidates

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By GeorgeHA | Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 18:21

The Ward of Westbourne has two seats on Brighton and Hove

City Council. It is 99.7 hectares in size and has 4,505 dwellings. 9,099 people

live in the Westbourne Ward, with an average age of 43.4 years. (Brighton and

Hove average age as a whole 38.8).

The following candidates are standing for election on May 5th

2011:

June Marie Batchelor                     Liberal

Democrat

No personal details of June Batchelor have yet been

forthcoming. When they are, this profile will be updated. At the heart of the

Lib Dems’ manifesto are six main points which they call "Six to Fix",

and these include:

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An end to the City's postcode lottery system of allocating school places.

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Keeping Brighton and Hove key buildings in the public sphere.

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A total revamp of the City's transport system

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An increase in the rate of recycling and the items that are included to food

and garden waste and other forms of plastic.

    *

Establishing an ambitious support system to support new businesses and

entrepreneurs

    *

Bringing local communities together to fight anti social behaviour.

More about the local Liberal Democrat Party here

Simon Battle                            The

Labour Party Candidate

I am proud of my local community and represented Hove

residents as one of the City Council’s youngest councillors for 11 years until

2007.

I campaigned successfully for the pedestrianisation of

George Street in Hove and helped to found Vallance Community Centre, where I

continue to be a Trustee.

If elected I will reflect Labour’s values of fairness and

community cohesion. I will support high quality public services which are

accessible to all and will provide effective representation for Westbourne

residents.

I have lived locally in Landseer Road for 16 years and work

as a Business Analyst locally.

More about the local Labour Party here

Denise Lorraine Cobb             Conservative

Party Candidate

I was elected in 1999, 2001 and 2007, and am currently

serving on Adult Health and Social Care, both Licensing Committees, CYPOSC,

Convenor on Sustainability and a member of the Food Partnership Organising

Committee and the Joint Commissioning Committee.

I was born in Brighton but have also lived in London and the

United States; I have two adult sons, a granddaughter and 3 grandsons. I have a

good sense of humour and a cheerful personality. I enjoy meeting and helping

people.

I am currently employed as a Massage, Sports Massage and

Beauty Therapist. I also currently teach Swimming and Aquatic Exercise. I am a

qualified Swimming, Fitness and Gym Instructor. Previous employment has involved

coaching a variety of sporting, recreational and leisure activities, including

leisure management and work with young adults who had profound multiple

learning difficulties and severe physical disabilities. I also have experience

of working with the unemployed, training and helping them find voluntary and

paid work. I have been employed in the local hospitals as a Theatre Sterile

Services Supervisor and as a qualified Phlebotomist. Most recently, I was

employed in the public sector.

In a voluntary capacity, I have been an Instructor for the

American Red Cross, helped to raise funds for children’s sport, life guarded

for youth group trips and taught fun exercise sessions for all ages.

More about the local Conservative Party here

Susan Patricia Collard             The

European Citizens Party

Susan Collard is a politics lecturer at the University of

Sussex, and along with two fellow academics at the University, has founded The

European Citizens Party to help raise the awareness of European Citizenship.

“I am very interested in getting non-British citizens to

participate in this local election,” she said. “Because we have a very active

policy here, Brighton and Hove has a very good registration rate for voters

– 86% – which includes many non-British EU Citizens who are entitled to

vote, but after registering, many of them then fail to use their vote so when

the time comes.

“We’ve just started The European Citizens Party to encourage

them to participate. We’re  not

party political – anyone can join us, apart from those in the BNP and UKIP, who

do not believe in our membership of the EU.”

Susan is in the process of putting up a website with all

details at www.theeuropeancitizensparty.eu

Ray Cunningham                Green

Party Second Choice Candidate

Ray Cunningham lives in Westbourne with his partner and

their two young daughters.

Ray recently became a Visiting Professor in European

Business and Environmental Policy, before which he was director of an

international charity.

He wants to see political power returned to local communities

as a means of improving lives, and reviving political trust and engagement. If

he has any spare time, he enjoys reading and cycling.

More about the local Green Party here

Louisa Greenbaum                  Green

Party First Choice Candidate

Louisa Greenbaum is a sustainable events consultant, and

also works part-time for the Green Party, organising their national conference.

Louise lives with her husband and two young daughters in

Westbourne, where she is a parent governor at a local nursery. She is currently

working on a “Food and the Environment” project with a local school to help

improve children’s food choices  in

a sustainable way.

Any spare time is spent doing yoga, reading, cooking or

singing.

More about the local Green Party here

Brian William Oxley             Conservative

Party Candidate

I worked for 19 years as a Parliamentary Researcher for

Conservative MPs and have been a guest lecturer at a number of American

colleges in London on the workings of Parliament.

I became interested in politics at the age of 13 and pursued

my political interests at university where I studied chemistry and economics.

After graduating, I worked for a year in an accountant’s office and then spent

five years working for Derby City Council. In 1987 I stood for Parliament in

Sheffield. I was unsuccessful in my bid to be returned to Parliament but went

to work in the House of Commons, as a Researcher, shortly thereafter.

I was elected as one of the Councillors for Westbourne Ward

in 1995 and served for two years on Hove Borough Council, where I specialised

in Housing issues. I was elected to Brighton & Hove Council in 1996.

My interests include: visiting the United States, keep fit,

and developments in technology.

More on the local Conservative party here

Coreen Sears                           Liberal

Democrat

No personal details of Coreen Sears have been forthcoming.

When they are, this profile will be updated.

As with her fellow Lib Dem candidate, Coreen is standing on

six main points: an end to the City's postcode lottery system of allocating

school places; keeping Brighton and Hove key buildings in the public sphere; a

total revamp of the City's transport system; an increase in the rate of

recycling and the items that are included to food and garden waste and other

forms of plastic; establishing an ambitious support system to support new

businesses and entrepreneurs, and bringing local communities together to fight

anti-social behaviour.

More about the local Liberal Democrat Party here

Jacqueline Teeboon                      The

Labour Party Candidate

I am a passionate believer in local democracy and want

people to have more say in the decisions that affect them.

Originally from Nottingham, I have lived in Hove for 22

years where I have served as a school governor and volunteered in community

organisations.

I work locally as an IT manager with a financial services

organisation. I believe that working people are under-represented on the City

Council and should have a greater say in the governance of our City.

I have a close association with Westbourne’s community and

look forward to providing them with an energetic voice.

More about the local Labour Party here

      

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