Labour County Council Candidates Announced

South Lakes Labour Candidates for Cumbria County Council Election on 4th May 2017

South Lakes Labour will be contesting this May’s County Council election. Our candidates are detailed below:

Paul Braithwaite - Highgate

Paul Braithwaite has been selected to contest Highgate, a seat previously held by Labour. Paul has been active in his local community for many years and previously served as a Labour Councillor on South Lakeland District Council.

Virginia Branney - Strickland & Fell

Virginia Branney has been selected to contest Strickland & Fell, a seat previously held by Labour. Virginia lives in Strickland & Fell and has many years’ experience of holding public office, representing people and campaigning.

Jackson Stubbs - Kendal South

Jackson Stubbs has been selected to contest Kendal South. Jackson has campaigned locally and nationally on behalf of unpaid carers and works for the NHS promoting patient safety.

Paul Casson - Lower Kentdale

Paul Casson has been selected to contest Lower Kentdale. Paul was previously a head teacher for a special school and as a result has a particular interest in educational issues. Paul, along with Jim Ring, is leading a local group which aims to help save the NHS from Tory cuts.

Eli Aldridge - Kendal Nether

Eli Aldridge has been selected to contest Kendal Nether. Eli is the Young Labour representative for South Lakeland and a passionate advocate for mental health provision.

Penny Henderson - Windermere

Penny Henderson has been selected to contest Windermere. Penny was a head teacher for Goodly Dale Primary School for 7 years so has a particular interest in education. Penny has campaigned successfully in Windermere to keep the local toilets open after the Liberal Democrat controlled District Council withdrew its support.

Andy Windsor - Upper Kent

Andy Windsor has been selected to contest Upper Kent. Andy is a proud resident of Upper Kent and is a passionate campaigner for workers’ rights. He is a retired head teacher and previously was an advisor to successive Labour Minsters for Education.

Nick Cross - Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale

Nick Cross has been selected to contest Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale. Nick lives in Sedbergh and has campaigned successfully against South Lakes Housing’s proposed cuts to sheltered housing provision.

Alison Gilchrist – Lakes

Alison Gilchrist has been selected to contest Lakes. Alison has a strong and varied background in community development. Alison recently led a campaign to welcome refugees to Cumbria.

Lois Sparling – Kent Estuary

Lois Sparling has been selected to contest Kent Estuary. Lois has campaigned for social justice for many years and is a proud resident of South Lakeland.

Nicola Kennedy – Grange

Nicola Kennedy has been selected to contest Grange. Nicola lives in Grange and believes passionately that the most vulnerable in our society should be cared for and that Labour is the only Party capable of delivering in Cumbria.

Jim Ring – Kendal Castle

Jim Ring has been selected to contest Kendal Castle. Jim campaigns passionately on behalf of local residents and is a strong advocate of good mental health.

Guidance for Journalists

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