I have been a councillor for Tressell Ward since 2006, but first became a Hastings Borough councillor in 2000, initially representing Ore Ward and the old Broomgrove Ward.
I am a socialist, I believe in social justice, equality and fairness. I would like to see a more equitable society where wealth is distributed more fairly, and where people are encouraged to contribute their skills and abilities to the benefit of everyone, rather than their own personal gain. Everyone has a right to a reasonable, comfortable standard of living, with access to all the benefits of a modern, advanced society. But no-one has the right to expect more than their fair share: a society motivated by greed will never be a happy one. I am also a strong believer in public services, provided by the public sector: such services should be efficiently run for the public good, not for private profit. Overall though, I believe the most important issue facing us today is climate change: if we can’t sort out that one, then we’ve all had it. My greatest achievement as a Tressell councillor is, I think, saving Speckled Wood and getting it included in the council’s local plan as protected open space
On a personal level, I live outside the ward in St. Leonards, with my partner, two cats and three chickens. I also have a grown-up daughter, who lives in London. I was originally a microbiologist, but later worked in local government in London and the West Midlands, at the Audit Commission, and later as a consultant to Government, local government and others, on performance management issues. I spend my spare time gardening and writing, having written a couple of novels, amongst other things. I also own a 1958 MG Magnette.
I served as Leader of Hastings Borough Council from 2015 – 2020, and am currently a member of the council’s cabinet, where I hold the finance and property portfolio. I am a member of various other organisations (in a personal capacity) including Unite trade union, Cuba Solidarity Campaign, National Trust, and the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Association!
I also stood as the Labour candidate for Hastings & Rye in the 2017 and 2019 general elections.,
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