Your local election candidates for Hollingdean & Stanmer
Your candidates for May 2015 were:
Jack is a lifelong Brightonian and lives in the Ward of Hollingdean and Stanmer (not forgetting Coldean). He is an Honorary Alderman of the city. Old enough to remember when you had to pay to see a doctor, he is a passionate defender of public services such as the NHS and he is a member of his local Patients Participation Group. Jack's voluntary activities include membership of the National Pensioners Convention, the United Nations Association, and Brighton Buswatch of which he is a former Chairman. An advocate of Council housing, some years ago he led the campaign against privatisation and strongly supports Green plans to provide homes for the many young people on the waiting list. A retired teacher, Jack’s career was centred in special education and social work studies. A believer in lifelong learning Jack is a member of the University of the Third Age. If elected, Jack pledges to take up residents’ concerns and issues and will be fully involved in community affairs.
Vivek joined the Greens because they are the strongest anti-austerity party. Vivek strongly believes this recession was not caused by you (nor the poor, nor immigrants), yet you are the ones paying for it, with public service cuts, increased taxation, benefit caps. Conversely, big corporations, bankers and tax dodgers who caused the recession are enjoying big tax cuts. A final year biomedical science student at Sussex Uni, Vivek is a member of some of its elected bodies. He’s helped turn around the finances of the student-run Food Co-op, jointly manages a £30k fund and suggested the Big Kiss-in at Sainsbury’s last year in response to homophobia. Passionate about transparency, Vivek seeks to ensure that any public cuts are not swept under the rug so the public can make informed decisions. He will fight to ensure that society works in the best interests of everybody, and that we all pay and receive our fair share.
David is a former accountant, now very low paid and disabled, working on community campaigns to resist austerity and producing financial solutions (such as www.newdeal4brightonhove.org, www.greenpaws.org.uk and www.brightonpa.org.uk) as well as thinking big and bold for the future of the city, such as automated guideway transit and residential piers. Passionate about co-ops, David currently sits on the Co-op Group Sussex committee and intends to support and encourage new local co-ops, in housing and trade, as part of a wider solution to a fairer and more sustainable city economy. With first-hand experience of surviving on benefits, continuing to need disability funding and fighting homelessness, and now a council tenant after appalling but expensive private accommodation, David understands real hardship and passionately fights for those in need.