Who gets your vote? – Candidates in Longdendale ward

WHO will get your vote when Tameside goes to the polls on Thursday, May 6?

Residents who are registered to vote can have their say in the local borough elections and also the Greater Manchester Mayoral Elections.

For the local borough elections, one new councillor per ward will be elected from nominated candidates to represent the area on Tameside Council. Residents can have their say for the ward in which they live.

There are different ways to vote in the elections: at your local polling station, by post or by proxy (appointing someone to vote on your behalf).

You will receive a poll card telling you where to vote if you wish to vote in person at your local polling station on May 6.

Significant efforts have been made to ensure that all polling stations are Covid safe. Voters and staff will be required to wear a face covering (unless they are exempt), observe social distancing and use hand sanitiser which will be made available. Voters can bring their own pen or pencil should they wish to do so.

If you registered for a postal vote, you will receive a voting pack in the post including instructions on how to vote. Make sure you send it back so that it arrives by 10pm on election day.

The counts for local elections will commence at 11am on Friday, May 7 at Plantation Industrial Estate, Whitelands Road, Ashton-under-Lyne and is expected to be completed by 4pm. Admittance is strictly by ticket only.

To find out more go online: www.tameside.gov.uk/elections/ or call 0161 342 8355.

Here are the candidates standing in Longdendale ward:

Doris Brierley, Green Party

MY name is Doris Brierley and I am standing again in Longdendale to give voters the chance to elect another Green councillor alongside my colleague in Ashton.

His success along with the close second place in Dukinfield has shown that Greens are electable in Tameside. If you want green, vote Green.

It is about time the Council better represented the wider public who are sick of the tit-for-tat bickering between the two main parties. It isn’t what we pay our Council Tax for.

Longdendale suffers from poor public transport provision with bus services that are not fit for purpose. 

The Green Party believes we should encourage every alternative to cars so that children, the elderly and disabled can travel safely and independently. 

This would relieve congestion for those who rely on their cars. It would also reduce pollution, providing clean air to breath.

As unoccupied housing increases and brownfield sites are left to decay, why are we developing greenbelt?

Lavlu Kader, Conservative Party

Lavlu Kader, Conservative Party

OUR communities and neighbours need someone who is on their wavelength and will make the council work for them. I am a solicitor and have had training in community leadership, organisational transformation and safeguarding. 

I didn’t see anyone representing the views of families like mine and prioritising the things that matter to them. I also saw issues locally that weren’t being tackled. 

Meeting residents is an important part of being a councillor, as is liaising regularly with partners such as the police and fire service. 

I also really enjoy the satisfaction of getting a job done, be it a new litter bin or resolving an anti-social behaviour problem. Knowing you’ve made a difference to someone’s life is fantastic.

I am keen to improve the life chances for young people. I have a strong sense of shared experience with many of the young people in my community: a cultural awareness and an understanding of their background and heritage. This means that I speak from a particular vantage point and can convey messages between the community and the council.

Jacqueline North, Labour Party

Jacqueline North, Labour Party

I HAVE lived in Longdendale for the past 28 years in Hattersley, Hollingworth and Mottram. 

I am married with two adult sons and have 21 years’ experience in local government in Manchester and Birmingham.

Working in social housing, crime and anti-social behaviour and now as a volunteer with Citizens Advice, I have accumulated a breath of knowledge and expertise that I will be able to draw on. 

If elected I will:

• Support resilience within our communities. Volunteering with our Covid-19 support group has demonstrated the positive impact all our local voluntary groups can make. 

• Ensure that Longdendale benefits from the re-regulation of our bus network, we need reliable and affordable services.

• Promote safe and clean neighbourhoods. Part of this will be providing a quick response to fly-tipping and the prosecution of those responsible.

• Find creative ways to attract funding and expand the use of our existing leisure facilities.

Shaun Offerman, Liberal Democrats

Shaun Offerman, Liberal Democrats

AS a health professional, I’ve seen at first hand the impact that Covid has had on our local community, and I’m standing for the Liberal Democrats in Longdendale because I want to see our communities doing better as we emerge from lockdown.  

First, let’s learn the health benefits of lower air pollution and traffic-free roads over the last year to build back a more sustainable and much greener community in the future.

That means concentrating on brownfield sites for new affordable and energy efficient housing and keeping our communities safe and clean.

Longdendale is one of the most attractive areas of Tameside but we all know it urgently needs improvements. Let’s start by providing new greener skills for young people and help for green start-up businesses. 

Your vote for the Liberal Democrats at these local elections can help make every one of Longdendale’s communities thriving and genuinely sustainable.

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