South Lakes Labour are pleased to announce that their candidate for the 6th May election for the councillor vacancy in the Grange ward of South Lakeland District Council will be local businessman, Ben Barker.
Ben, who as a child attended Lindale, Allithwaite and Cartmel schools, is well-known in Grange and the surrounding area. After leaving school Ben was a farm worker locally before moving to London for a short time. He has also worked overseas, including a number of years in Africa where he was involved in logistics for an aid agency during the famine in Malawi. On returning to Grange, Ben became a publican and a licensed cockle fisherman before establishing his construction company, Barkers Engineering.
Ben has always been interested in politics, and after becoming a parent he became even more aware of the issues people face in Grange, especially those affecting young families.
Describing himself as “permanently outraged” at cuts in funding which adversely affect council services, Ben is a passionate supporter of local schools and affordable housing. He wants to see a strengthened and robust NHS, including faster access to care for mental health conditions, and he is determined to tackle social isolation.
He will encourage support for local shops and businesses, he supports the restoration of the Lido which will bring in tourism revenue and provide new jobs, and believes that business rate reform is essential to help small businesses to thrive.
Ben wants Grange to be a community where people can afford to live and work, and pledges to stand up for, and be a strong voice for, local people and businesses. He lives with his young family in the town centre and his children attend local schools.