North Norfolk Labour Party’s candidates for the May 2017 Norfolk County Council elections.
“I am standing as Labour candidate for the Cromer division as a long-term resident of North Norfolk and a recently-retired public servant, outraged at the effects of the government’s policy of ‘austerity’ on our local community. Cuts across all public services are affecting our NHS provision (e.g. de-commissioning of beds at Benjamin Court), our education services (e.g. cuts to post-16 school transport for young people who wish to attend City College) and our social care services; an ever-increasing number (approximately 3000 per year) of our community needs support from the foodbank to survive. This is an unforgivable crisis: austerity is a choice, not a necessity, in the sixth biggest economy in the world. As a Labour councillor, I would join with others to fight the cuts. I will also promote the special needs of our rural life, including improved public transport and protecting our beautiful and unique environment.”
Fakenham division – Imogen Bruce. Includes Dunton, Fakenham, Helhoughton, Hempton, Pudding Norton, Raynham, and Tattersett. Fakenham division is based within the Broadland constituency.
“I am Imogen Bruce, your Labour Candidate for Fakenham. I have your interests at heart and will work hard to represent you. I worked in Fakenham Library for 13 years and in Education in North Norfolk and the NHS so I am keen to support Public Services under threat. I was a Unison Steward during this time too so worker’s rights are important to me. I love amateur dramatics and keeping active and place great importance on the value of leisure and culture in the community. Both my children work in care and the struggle young people have nowadays to earn a living and be independent concerns me. As Melton Constable Parish Councillor for 3 years I helped raise funds for outdoor gym and play equipment. I look forward to the opportunity to represent you.”
Holt Division – Richard Kelham. Includes Aylmerton, Barningham, Bessingham, Cley-next-the-Sea, East Beckham, East Runton, Gresham, High Kelling, Holt, Kelling, Matlaske, Metton, Runton, Salthouse, Sustead, Upper Sheringham, West Runton, and Weybourne. Richard is also our District Council by-election candidate for Holt ward.
“Local government finance is being subjected to an ever tighter squeeze by the government in its politically motivated, and totally self-defeating, obsession with austerity. This has made delivery of vital services – such as education, and social care for the elderly and for vulnerable children – extremely difficult.
I have been a Parish councillor for twenty-four years, twelve of them as chair, a High School governor for twelve years, and a member of the committee of a local charitable Housing society for more than twenty years. I know how the system works and, if elected, would try my hardest to make it work for the people living in Holt division.
I believe that the state at local and national levels has the power to be a real force for good in peoples’ lives – but not when it is in the control of this destructive government.”
“I believe politics is very relevant at a local level and I am willing to listen to your concerns and fight on your behalf for improvements to your community. I am keen to represent you on local issues. During canvassing, I have become aware of the problems people have with flooding, drainage, mobile phone signal, dog fouling, transport links, ambulance callout times and social care. I am sure there are many more. This feedback will help shape my priorities should I be elected. I have lived in North Norfolk for 45 years. I worked as a teacher at Paston 6th Form College for 25 years where I ran the youth theatre and was Head of Expressive Arts. I am now retired and have the time to put energy into improving our community for everyone.”
Melton Constable division – Callum Ringer. Includes: Baconsthorpe, Bodham, Briningham, Briston, Corpusty, Edgefield, Fulmodeston, Gunthorpe, Hempstead, Hindolveston, Itteringham, Kettlestone, Little Barningham, Little Snoring, Melton Constable, Plumstead, Ryburgh, Stibbard, Swanton Novers, Thurning, Thursford, and Wood Norton.
“I am truly local, I live here in Bodham. I am the organiser of the Rock Bodham charity music festival which has raised thousands for local charities and good causes in the last 5 years. My local priorities include improving communication infrastructure, such as mobile phone signal and broadband, which have seen our area ignored for too long. I am also committed to protected our local pubs, shops and post offices, particularly the under threat community shop in Itteringham, and Melton country club. The shortage of affordable housing, and large number of second homes causes concern for local people wishing to remain in this area. I hope the people of Melton Constable division vote for the LOCAL progressive candidate, you would see the difference having a decent county councillor can make. In the last election I received more votes than the Liberal and Green combined – don’t split the vote!”
“I’m Ray Mooney and I’m standing for Labour in the Mundesley Division of the Norfolk County Council elections. I’m a retired firefighter and have lived in the division for 8 years.
I’m appalled by the continuous cuts to public service funding by this government and if elected I will attempt to ensure that vital social care for the vulnerable is maintained and if possible improved. There are also problems associated with a rural division such as public transport provision and amenities for young people which need to be championed at County level.
The future for work could be bright with the development of the offshore wind farm with its ensuing infrastructure. But this development needs to take in to account the environmental impact it will have on the area and therefore I will ensure local people have a voice in its planning. Vote for Labour and vote for integrity!”
“I am proud to be standing in North Walsham East division. We are seeing a dangerous and unnecessary decline in the services that many of us and our families need. Financial savings cannot and must not be put before public safety and wellbeing. If elected as your councillor I will be a strong voice for local services at county level, I have a proven track record of working for local communities. I promise to stand up for you and your family. I promise that I will hold regular surgeries and be easily contactable so that I am accessible to the people of North Walsham and neighbouring villages. I believe in a fair society for all, and my experiences have taught me that we should never leave anyone in society behind. I will fight for fairness for all.”
North Walsham West & Erpingham division – David Spencer. Includes: Alby with Thwaite, Aldborough, Colby, Erpingham, Felmingham, Hanworth, Ingworth, North Walsham West, Skeyton, Suffield, Swanton Abbott, Westwick, Wickmere, and Worstead.
“It’s a two-horse race – last time I almost won this seat when there were just 38 votes in it. Since then I’ve worked tirelessly in the area, but there’s lots still to do. Voters tell me they want a hard-working, dedicated councillor who will make a difference. I have the experience and commitment to make a difference here. My key priorities will be to:
· Regenerate North Walsham to attract investment and business.
· Ensure the area gets its fair share of funding for infrastructure like roads, GPs, schools, and new homes.
· Tackle the issues that annoy you the most – from road safety and potholes to litter and dog mess – and protecting our rural villages.
I’ll be visible locally, taking up your concerns. For too long this area hasn’t had the councillors’ support it deserves and needs. I’ll be a strong voice to stand up for North Walsham West & Erpingham.”
“I have lived in Sheringham for 13 years. My children attended local schools and I served as a governor in our primary school. I cherish the unique character of the town and local area but, through my experience of living, working and campaigning locally, I am keenly aware of the challenges that local people face as a result of damaging government cuts to public services. I have a strong record of campaigning for better social care provision including services for elderly people, families and those affected by mental health difficulties.
I have been a teacher and manager in post-16 education for 25 years and am committed to creating and maintaining efficient and effective public services as part of building a fair and equal society. I will bring energy and enthusiasm to stand up for my community to ensure that we have high quality services and a secure future.”
“As a former chair of the council I understand the pressures we face. Tory cuts are hitting local services. From schools to public toilets to refuse collections and the emptying of bins, I will fight to protect local services.
As a former flood warden I know the risks here – more can be done to protect us by the coast and broads. Having worked with the Norfolk NHS watchdog I understand the strain it’s under. Under the Tory and Lib Dems we’ve seen longer GP waits and cuts hampering performance of ambulance and mental health services. I will fight for the NHS.
Having volunteered on the Older People Forum I can help find solutions to challenges facing our old and vulnerable. This includes improving transport to prevent rural isolation.
I’ll also put phone signal and broadband on the agenda – our villages deserve as much attention as big towns here. “
Wells division – Stephen Burke. Includes Barshams and Houghton St Giles, Binham, Blakeney, Brinton and Sharrington, Field Dalling and Saxlingham, Great Snoring, Hindringham, Holkham, Langham, Letheringsett with Glandford and Little Thornage, Morston, Sculthorpe, Stiffkey, Stody & Hunworth, Thornage, Great Walsingham, Little Walsingham, Warham, Wells-Next-the-Sea, Wighton, and Wiveton.
“I have twelve years’ experience as a local councillor and am actively involved in improving health, housing, care and support for older people in North Norfolk. My priorities if elected as your county councillor would be to attract investment in infrastructure for our rural and coastal communities such as better broadband, transport and coastal protection; to improve services for older people and children and families; and to enable all Norfolk’s residents to benefit from our great county with more jobs that offer fair pay and affordable housing. Labour offers a real alternative to the other parties and will stand up for local residents.”