Jules Daulby for Dorset Council and Dorchester Town - Dorchester West
I work in education and specialise in inclusion and literacy. I have decided to stand as a Labour councillor because I am increasingly frustrated at the unequal society we are creating. Austerity has had and continues to have a devastating impact on communities.
I love Dorchester and have lived here on and off since 1997.
I am married, have four children and a dog. I am passionate about the cultural life which exists in Dorchester but want to ensure our young people have activities to take part in and places to play.
While I will continue to work in education, I want to influence local politics in a broader way. I will fight for our public services, our hospitals, our schools, the environment and our community.
I want to ensure all people in Dorchester, no matter what their circumstances are protected and can have a full and enriching life.
I want to ensure our children with special needs are given equal opportunity to education which includes funding and support for our schools.
I want to see better provision for pedestrians and cyclists - I think it's an outrage there is no pedestrian crossing for children in Dorchester to walk to Thomas Hardye School and while Dorchester is the perfect place to cycle, we have no cycle lanes. It is safer for me to cycle along the embankment in London than it is in Dorchester.
If I were successful in this election, I will listen to my community (no matter which political party) and ensure your voice is heard.
Claudia Sorin for Dorset Council and Dorchester Town - Dorchester East
I grew up in Dorchester and I've raised my family here. I work in a local school. Over the years I've seen rising levels of inequality in our town due to high housing costs, drastic cuts to services and low wages. If elected I'm determined to continue fighting for decent homes for local people and to keep NHS services and beds in the West of the county. Education funding has been cut to such an extent that we are now seeing the damaging impact that's having on schools and further education; I'll fight for schools and colleges to have the funding they need to meet real terms cost increases including for children and young people with additional needs. Dorset needs better transport networks to boost our local economy and to reduce reliance on cars; I will make this a priority.
Val Ashenden for Dorset Council - Chickerell
I have been a member of the Labour Party for 40 years and campaigned on many issues affecting the lives of ordinary working people and the most vulnerable in society. Fighting for the National Health Service, a fairer education system, Social Housing, improved transport services and many other campaigns. I am also a member of the Co-operative Party, a sister Party to the Labour Party, and have been a member since 2003 and the Secretary for the whole of Kent.- again involved in campaigns against Legal Loan Sharks and Violence against Shop staff. I was born in Kent and was elected as a Labour Councillor for Gravesham in 1995, and served on a number of Committees and became Vice Chair of Environmental Health as well as Planning and became Mayor of the Borough in 2001-2002. I moved to Weymouth 2 years ago to be near my eldest son and have campaigned for Labour since moving here and have become involved with the South Dorset Labour Party as well as the Dorset Co-operative Party.
Tracee Cossey for Dorset Council and Dorchester Town - Dorchester West
I am always affected by ‘issues’ in society and have been for a long time. I grew up in a newsagents and watched headlines from an early age. I later studied journalism and worked in public sector organisations including colleges and local councils as a press officer.
I’m particularly keen on environmental issues, health issues and educational issues. As an ex-teacher of English, I understand classroom politics in very real terms. Healthwise, I was a hospital governor for six years, so the experience put the pressures of A&E, amongst others, to the forefront of my mind.
I work closely with Sustainable Dorset and one of my ‘agenda’ items is to help create a community fridge for Dorchester and I’m interested in campaigning for Dorchester to become a peace town, much like Oldham has done along with five other cities, towns and boroughs across the UK.
Barry Thompson for Dorset Council and Dorchester Town- Dorchester East
I'm a local lad born in Portland.
After school I won an Admiralty Electrical Fitter Apprenticeship, leading to a 20 year career in the Merchant Navy as an electrical fitter. I am now retired and have lived in Fordington for 20 years. I'm a lifetime Southampton FC supporter and season ticket holder. I'm a board member of the Dorchester Community Land Trust planning to build homes for young workers in Dorchester to rent. As a working class pensioner I want to represent all residents of Dorchester at the new Dorset Council and if elected I pledge to do my best to carry out the wishes of the electorate.
Janine Miller for Dorchester Town - Dorchester West
Originally from Yorkshire, I have lived and worked in Dorset for 25 years. Dorchester is a wonderful place to live and as a Town Councillor, I would be passionate about making it even better for everyone.
I have 2 children and understand how difficult it is for young people to find work and a home of their own in Dorchester. The town council has a duty to work with local businesses and the new Dorset Council to ensure that our local plan will improve the local economy providing better jobs and more social housing for our community.
I am a dedicated trade unionist and have been active in the Labour Party campaigning to save our hospitals, schools and other public services such as libraries and social care.
I am an ambassador for the 50:50 Parliament project and passionately advocate for women to be elected into political positions at local and national level.
A vote for me on 2nd May is a vote for having YOUR voice heard in the Town Council.
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