Southampton local elections 2023: testimonials from Bittern Park candidates

Distribution: three Labor, three Conservatives, three Liberal Democrats, one Green, one TUSC and one Independent.

If a comment is not received, the candidate will have a “No Comments” label under their name.

Here is a list of all the candidates running in each district.

What Candidates Say:

Amanda Jane Barnes-Andrews – work

Bittern Park is my home. I have lived and worked in Southampton and know the city well. Bitterne Park is a great place to live, but there is always room for improvement. If I am elected, I will create an opportunity to listen to the residents so that their views are properly represented.”

Lindsey Bluemel-Green

“Lindsay has lived in Southampton for over 30 years, having studied at the Universities of Southampton and the Solent and has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She has been involved in various community events including the Southampton Cycling Campaign and the Cobbett Road Friends Library and is a member of the City of Southampton Society. She has five adult children and, if elected, will work to protect and improve the city’s environment and ecology, improve cycling and public transportation, and provide better support for small businesses.

Tony Bunday – Work

“I have lived at this station for 25 years. I love living and working here and I work hard to make it the best it can be. I am particularly committed to the local environment, improving the life chances of our youth and making residents safer.”

Katherine Chapman – Liberal Democrats

“Catherine works at Southampton General Hospital and lives in the city with her husband and two children. In her 15 years in Southampton, she has seen the city grow and change and is committed to helping it thrive. She has a passion for education and as a school leader she knows firsthand the importance of education and the challenges local schools face. If elected, Katherine will work with local residents to make our community an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”

Ben Kurd – Liberal Democrats

“Ben grew up near Southampton and spent a lot of time in the city before finally moving here seven years ago. He is proud to live here, but every community has its own unique challenges. He sees a lot of fuss but little action from the two main parties and wants to change that. His political campaign is based on listening to local people, understanding their problems and finding solutions. Among other priorities, he wants much more to be done to address homelessness and drug addiction in the city.”

David John Fuller – Conservatives

“Bittern Park is my home, this is where my wife and I decided to raise our family. I have been honored to represent my region and since my election in 2015 I have tried to do everything in my power to make it better. Solving local problems, securing funding and improving our neighborhood, and representing the local community are some of the things I have been able to do over the years. I hope I can do more with the support of the locals if I am re-elected.”

Rob Harwood – Conservatives

“I was first elected to Bittern Park in 2018 and served as an advisor for four years. I have been calling Southampton my home for over 55 years, I am in love with where we live and want our city to thrive for the benefit of all who live here. One of my greatest accomplishments has been helping to remove debris and illegally moored boats from the river around Bittern Manor and helping hundreds of local residents with their problems and concerns. Outside of politics, I love spending time in my garden and taking walks with my dog ​​Archie.”

David Thomas Kelly – independent

“My name is Dave and I am a father of four, former self-employed floor installer, current building teacher, gardener, dog walker, car user, money user and rights and freedoms advocate.

I want the people of Bittern Park to think about council matters so that decisions are not made solely based on political party priorities and take into account the needs of voters.

I am against zero plans that would punish local self-employed and key workers. Net-Zero uses fines to reduce car use by 15-20 minutes in the city, which is hurting cities like Oxford these days.

Nicholas Martin Myers – Liberal Democrats

“Nick has lived near Bittern Park for over 30 years and raised his family here. He regularly volunteers with the local community, creating mosaics for the Mosaic Way, cleaning up the hidden Catbush Pond, and being a Boy Scout leader. As a member of a prominent local community group, he helped select the final designs for Townhill Green. He thinks Bittern Park has a lot to celebrate, but he wants to make it even better. If elected, he will ensure that the graffiti is removed quickly and hold the Council responsible for the unforgivable delays and consequences of cleaning up Townhill Park.

Don Marie Strutt – Unionist and Socialist Coalition

“I have lived in Southampton since I was old enough to vote, and since then I have voted with a heavy heart because no party or person has represented my political feelings. Until I met the socialists. I now vote for TUSC candidates with confidence, knowing that they share my morals and are determined to change society so that it really works. I now stand in solidarity with them and am determined to be elected to our Southampton City Council to fight against the cuts in public services so brutally and often imposed by the Conservatives and the Labor Party. Bittern is my home and yours. Let’s protect our community together.”

Phil Webb – work

“I have lived in Bittern Park since 2014 and moved to the city over 20 years ago. I am an accomplished high school teacher and father of two, and an active member of several community groups. I am investing in the future of our region and am motivated to continue working towards a greener, safer and fairer city.”

Ivan William White – Conservative

“I have been a member of the Bittern Park Council since 2004 and during that time I have been privileged to help improve Bittern Park. One of the things I’m most proud of is getting MUGA installed at Riverside Park and helping to improve the grounds for our youth. I have a passion for social assistance for adults, especially for people with intellectual disabilities. I also constantly emphasize the lack of amenities in the east of the city, especially in the health sector. I also love gardening, reading, and trying to support the Saints!”

Author: Jamie Shapiro
Source: DailyEcho





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