Local Candidates 2016
Local Candidates: 2016
There are 12 wards coming up for election at the forthcoming local elections: UKIP is fielding candidates in 11 of them.
- Dave CarneyTREASURER
Dave was born in Birmingham but has lived in Worcester for 15 years, he has two sons. He is a qualified Accountant and a former member of the Territorial Army.
"Why did Dave join UKIP? " I was fed up with all the failed policies and promises of previous Governments and so decided to associate myself with a party that had decent and positive policies"
- Jackie BrooksBRANCH SECRETARYJackie was brought up in Worcester and works as a receptionist for a local small business
- Paul HicklingBRANCH SECRETARY
Paul currently works in corporate administration and recently qualified as a Health & Safety officer, having previously worked investment banking overseas.
I joined UKIP after many years of watching our political establishment sign away our sovereign democratic rights to unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, when it wasn't theirs to give away in the first place, and doing all of this without the consent of the British people. I campaigned for the referendum and was a leave EU coordinator.
- RIVERSIDEHazel FinchIf elected as your councillor in Riverside I would strive to improve the quality of life for the ward’s residents. The issues of congestion and parking are acute problems, amongst others. I support a reduction in taxi numbers and a stricter approach to managing the behaviour of taxi drivers on Foregate Street. The City Council should look at creating a taxi park. I would be free from a party whip to put residents first. I joined UKIP in 2002 because I firmly believe Britain should be free to govern itself and not be ruled by an undemocratic foreign power in Brussels.
- ST PETERJohn Beacham
- NUNNERYJohn Barras
- Jon BarrasCOMMITTEE MEMBER
I’m Jon Barras, father of two, husband and full time carer to my wife. After being a long time armchair critic of local political issues affecting people in Worcester, I decided it was time to try and give something back to my local community and get involved in politics. UKIP was a natural fit for me.
- WARDON PARISHJackie BrooksI am proud to live and work in Worcester, with its rich heritage, majestic cathedral, lovely riverside and bustling town centre. It has a lot to offer its residents. Worcester does not need to be turned into a mini shopping metropolis - especially as the transport system needs improving and affordable parking increased. People need good local services and an accountable council. Local people want to know that easing congestion on the roads is a priority, that there are strong flood defences and more community centres needed. Residents should have more say in protecting our Greenbelt land because once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. If elected, the residents of Battenhall can be assured I’ll fight for them.
- ALVECHURCHJames GoadI would aim to help sustain and improve the quality of life enjoyed by many of the ward’s residents. If elected, I have the following goals for the whole city: - to protect Worcester’s character from unsympathetic development - to push for a 5% reduction in Council Tax - to move for free overnight (7pm – 7am) parking and an hour’s free parking in the daytime - to support the strict licensing of taxi drivers and the creation of a ‘taxi park’ - to support Worcester City FC’s return to a site at Perdiswell If you wish to see a fresh voice in the Guildhall, vote UKIP on May 5th. I would not be bound by a party whip and can vote freely in favour of the residents of Bedwardine.
- CLAINESMark HulmeI live in Claines and have been part of this community for several years. A local candidate with local knowledge is what this ward needs. I believe in local democracy and am certain that the thoughts of our residents must be heard in all decisions that affect them: Our ward is not here for others to play politics. Common sense and community focus is needed in our Guildhall. Vote for me and that's what you'll get
- BEDWARDINEPaul HicklingI will push for the improvements to housing in Bedwardine and work closely with the housing associations to ensure that they play their part in the up-keep of the estates. I will support investment in affordable housing schemes for first time buyers and renters alike. I believe all long-term residents of Bedwardine should be prioritised for social housing first. I will challenge spending allocations and fight to ensure that Bedwardine gets its fair share of financial resources allocated to it by the city council. For too long the ward has been overlooked by those in the Guildhall. I was born in Malvern and have been living in Worcester for the last 5 years. I am a keen Worcester Warriors fan.
- Graham GreenbergNUNNERYMy family and I have had local connections with Nunnery for 30 years with my son and daughter attending the local school, and my wife helping children with speech problems at Warndon Oasis Academy. My working life included the Army and the glass industry (mostly Pilkington) in the UK, Far East, Eastern Europe and Middle East and North Africa. I have been privileged to make many friends from these diverse cultures. I believe the UK should make its own laws; secure its own borders, and run its own economy. All of us living in Worcester realise how desperate our Royal Hospital and local schools are for money. Just think how many problems could be solved with the £55 million we give away to Brussels every day. I would like to represent the people of Nunnery to fight on their behalf for local issues as these are the ones that have the greatest impact on our daily lives.
- Paul BoyesST STEPHENI want to sustain the quality of life for St. Steven’s residents. Many residents in the ward suffer from a poor bus service into town and I would apply pressure to the County Council on that issue. I’m also passionate about jobs for Worcester people. I want to see Worcester fulfil its potential as a thriving city. If elected, I would work hard to that end. I am not bound by a party whip. I served an engineering apprenticeship in Gloucester before serving in the Royal Electric and Mechanical Engineers. Later I worked as a postman but more recently I have run my own plumbing business and driven HGVs. I played rugby as a prop for Gloucester RFC.
- Rob MenziesST JOHNConcerns in St John’s include street parking, traffic congestion, anti-social behaviour, a lack of amenity areas for children, building on greenfield land and endless pub closures. Action is required on these and I promise to work hard in addressing resident’s concerns. UKIP councillors are not bound by any party whip; we’re free to address the concerns of local residents free from party allegiance. I am a former Socialist utterly disillusioned with the left’s betrayal of the British working class. I first moved to Worcester in 1993. I am the former chairman of the Worcester ‘Stop The War Coalition’ in 2003-4. I have been a social work professional for 23 years and married my Bulgarian partner this year. We have a young daughter.
- Owen ClearyBRANCH CHAIRMAN COUNTY CHAIRMAN
Owen lives in Worcester and works in the Financial Services Industry.
“Why did Owen join UKIP? ” I joined UKIP after a decade of a lack of interest in politics. For too long, Westminster has been disconnected to the man-in-the-street; the contempt for the electorate is endemic and staggering. UKIP is real persons, with real jobs, real lives and real agendas; not right or left, just common sense”
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