Here are our nine Labour candidates for Shropshire's Local Election. This is Labour standing up for you in Shropshire - vote Labour on 4th May!
Gavin Goodall : Broseley
“I want to carry on the fantastic work Jean Jones has done for Broseley as your Shropshire Councillor, and I’m ready and determined to fight the cuts which threaten our community."
Gavin is committed to working with all residents in the fight to get Broseley to get a fair share of Shropshire Council resources. His priority is Social Care and the NHS. Locally and nationally, the Social Care Budget is consistently failing to meet rising levels of need. The resulting lack of Social Care is affecting people who need support to leave hospital and live in their own homes, and it also affects carers and families who need respite or specific support.
He also want to use his position on the council to promote and support the fantastic volunteer projects in Broseley - the Victoria Hall and Birchmeadow Centre, and facilities such as the Broseley Multi Use Games Area and Youth Club.
Julia Buckley : Bridgnorth East & Astley Abbots Division
“I am focused and energetic. I will work hard for Bridgnorth to give us a strong and honest voice on the Council. It’s time for a change“.
Julia is a local resident and working mum, married with two children at St. Leonard's school. She has worked for 12 years at Wolverhampton Council where she writes funding applications for community groups, businesses and public services to secure funding for thousands - sometimes millions - of pounds.
Julia loves Bridgnorth and its close community. She feels very strongly about protecting services here for the young, old and vulnerable. She wants to use her experience and skills to bring funding into Bridgnorth to keep important services open, and where appropriate, to modernise delivery.
She has been campaigning to keep the maternity unit open, and to ensure the nearest A&E at Telford is not downgraded. “We must not let this Tory-run Council continue to cut our school budgets, local bus routes, and local facilities such as library provision, public toilets and outdoor events.”
Nicola Barker : Highley Division
“Our local services are under threat — starting with our school, swimming pool and social care. I am well placed to fight for Highley, to have a strong voice, and to be heard by those who make the decisions.“
Nicola is a working mother of four children, passionate about Highley. She’s already working hard to protect local services. Currently under threat are Highley’s swimming pool, the Severn Centre, the Severn Valley Country Park and our local primary school, facing a 7% funding cut in the coming year.
Nicola has been a parish councillor for several years and she has helped develop Highley’s parish plan and Highley Hotshots football club.
Nicola is committed to affordable housing through her work with Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing (ST&RH) and the management of Shropshire's Council housing. She is proud of the ST&RH developments at Whittles Close and St Peter’s View, providing first time buyers’ homes and bungalows, as requested by the local residents in the parish plan.
Ann Rochelle : Worfield Division
“I will stand up for what's important to the people of Worfield. I am committed to making sure that our needs are not overlooked, as I believe they have been under the Tory administration.”
Ann lives locally and is raising her children in Worfield. Her husband’s family have farmed here for well over 100 years and Ann is determined to defend local schools and services, while ensuring more is done to protect rural areas from crime.
Ann believes that rural communities are facing a difficult future as their services are deemed less important and are exposed to harsh cuts. It is vital that local maternity units, services, transport and policing are not only maintained, but improved. Ann says, “Labour has been the only local party out on our streets working to protect what is important to everyone.”
Mick Lane : Bridgnorth West & Tasley Division
“Our local public services have been cut to the bone over the last few years – and all because Tory Councillors enthusiastically embraced their Government's failed economic ‘austerity’ policy.”
Mick Lane has lived in Bridgnorth for over forty years. His children were educated in local schools. He is retired from full-time employment. In the 90s, he was elected and served for two terms on the old Shropshire County Council and he also won a by-election to serve on Bridgnorth Town Council.
Mick says, "Under Tory control from its inception, Shropshire Council has slashed essential public services right across the board. It introduced failed privatisation schemes, and it's now increasingly clear to all of us that this cannot continue.
This year, we will be paying far more for far less. We must change the way we do things. Labour has a radical agenda and offers responsible and imaginative ways to oppose the cuts and invest in Bridgnorth’s future.”
Colin Sheward : Ludlow East
“We’ve lost time, resources and goodwill over the last four years of the Tory administration. The future looks tough — but I will work to make it better.“
Colin is a former employee of Shropshire County Council and stood for Ludlow East in 2013. He’s proud to stand again for Labour as a Unitary Councillor.
Colin’s experiences as Ludlow Town Councillor for Clee View Ward since 2013 have helped him learn much about Shropshire Council.
Colin says, “ We really need our county’s council to be properly financed and resourced to provide its services — particularly ‘Social Care’ in all its forms. Some services can be delegated down to Town Councils — but there are limitations and issues that are not easily dealt with, and I genuinely believe bigger means better here. I will work hard for the community of Ludlow East.”
Mike Penn : Ludlow South
“I will work hard for Ludlow South as your Shropshire Councillor, and I’m ready and determined to fight the severe cuts which threaten our community. “
Mike has lived in Ludford for 24 years and is an active volunteer with a number of local community and co-operative organisations in the Ludlow area. Before retiring he worked as a manager of a Mid Wales community arts organisation as well as company secretary for a small private sector business.
Mike is concerned about problems of low incomes and poverty in Shropshire and as a board member of JUST, the local Credit Union, he has been active in trying to find ways of addressing financial hardship.
He is a strong believer in community action and that maintaining our local services is vital to the quality of life in our Town. He has direct experience of coping with a relative with dementia and is deeply concerned about cuts in health and social services particularly for vulnerable older people.
John Rogers : Cleobury Mortimer
“I am keen to represent our community and oppose Tory austerity cuts. I will fight for investment in our local services to make Shropshire and our Ward a better place to live in.”
John has lived in Shropshire since 1992, bringing up two children here. He was Chair of the Governors at Farlow School at the time when it was finally refurbished, and has maintained an interest in local educational issues.
He feels strongly that we must stop the Tory-led Council in Shropshire from cutting our schools’ budgets. Cleobury Mortimer Primary School faces a 13% cut up to 2019. This threat to education cannot be unopposed.
John’s occupation involves him in dealing on a daily basis with people with particular difficulties. They are often vulnerable, and his work involves him in helping people by identifying their problems and finding solutions. John believes this experience will help him in becoming an effective and forceful councillor for Cleobury Mortimer.
Manda Scott : Corvedale Division
“We need councillors who will stand up for the people of Shropshire against a government that is ripping the heart out of our communities, our health service, our schools, our social care — everything that matters. Shropshire deserves better.”
Manda Scott used to be a vet and now writes novels for a living. She is studying for an MA in Economics for Transition, learning ways to create an economy that works for people not the other way around. She has been active in Ludlow 21 and is concerned to support ways to mitigate climate change and bring people back to the land in ways that are fulfilling and financially viable in the current climate.
There are so many examples of outstanding community action, and of councils that are finding innovative ways to counter the predations of central government in ways that build resilient, sustainable communities that can face the challenges of a changing world.