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Elections 2019

District Council Election Candidates

Green Council candidates 2019 John Wing, Doug Wade, Georgina Treloar and Lesley Whybrow and Lib dem candidates Tim Prater and Gary FullerThe Folkestone and Hythe Liberal Democrat Party and Shepway Green Party have agreed a cooperation deal for the May 2019 elections for Folkestone and Hythe District Council (FHDC).

This form of progressive alliance has been successfully adopted elsewhere in the country at previous elections by the two national parties and improves the chances of challenging the long-standing overwhelming Conservative majority on FHDC.

Across the district, the parties plan to stand "complementary" candidate lists of 15 candidates each for the 30 seats up for election.

The Liberal Democrat candidates for the district council election are listed below.

Our Plan

Only once every four years are there elections to our District Council. It's the only chance we have to set the agenda for Folkestone and Hythe Council. It's our chance to show them what we think of their record, and to elect local Councillors who will stand up for local people.

Our council tax is the highest in Kent

The Conservatives have had control of our District Council for 15 years, often with little effective opposition. A good Council needs a strong opposition, or it stops listening, becomes complacent and ignores the people they are there to represent.

And it's important we do. A vote for the Conservative candidates will be taken as a vote of confidence in David Monk's local Conservative Council, and Theresa May's Government.

A vote of confidence in a Council that doesn't listen, is spending millions to destroy Princes' Parade with housing, has plans to introduce yet more paid parking in our area - this time down Sandgate Esplanade and is forcing through plans for a massive development at Otterpool Park (we will oppose all of these plans).

A vote of confidence in Theresa May and her Government's record, and their handling of Brexit.

Every Conservative councillor elected on 2nd May will be taken as evidence that you have confidence in David Monk's local Conservatives, and Theresa May's Government.

Every Conservative vote is a vote that sends a message that all is well in our area and Government.

But if you DON'T want to give them a vote of confidence, you can send a DIFFERENT message. A message that things MUST change.

Broadmead Ward

Harry Scott-Sansom

Harry is a young and energetic local campaigner who lives in and was brought up in Folkestone.

He is working full time whilst also studying at University.

Harry Scott-Sansom

Cheriton Ward

Martin Berridge

If elected, Martin's priorities will be:

Protection and improvement of our local environment. Improved provision of local youth services, particularly those with an emphasis on mental health, employment and community. Easy access to Cllrs, to get your view heard. Cutting the politics out of local politics. It should be about getting the job done, not talking about it. No nonsense. No fake promises or unachievable goals. Just honest hard work.

Martin Berridge

Ross Clark

Ross is Chair of Folkestone and Hythe Liberal Democrats and has been an election candidate in past elections. Ross was born, raised and currently lives here. He's passionate about Folkestone and Hythe and the people who make it such a great place to be.

If elected, his priorities will be:

Protection and improvement of our local environment. Improved provision of local youth services, particularly those with an emphasis on mental health, employment and community.Easy access to Cllrs, to get your view heard. Cutting the politics out of local politics. It should be about getting the job done, not talking about it. No nonsense. No fake promises or unachievable goals. Just honest hard work.

Ross Clark

East Folkestone Ward

Hugh Robertson-Ritchie

Hugh is a retired GP and former Folkestone Town Councillor. Having retired, he is currently studying for an MA in Canterbury.

Hugh Robertson-Ritchie

Folkestone Central Ward

Sally Matthews

Sally is a local campaigner who has lived in the district for many years and has stood previously for election as a Liberal Democrat. Sally used to work in education.

Sally Matthews

Tom McNeice

Tom is a former Mayor of Folkestone and foster parent to over thirty children. He worked in Trading Standards prior to retirement and is an active member of the Rotary Club.

Tom McNeice

Oliver Robinson

Oliver is a student, as well as working part-time at Holiday Extras. He is passionate about our area and has stood for election before. He has a keen interest in transport and infrastructure issues.

Oliver Robinson

Folkestone Harbour Ward

Danielle Anson

Danielle Anson has lived in Harbour for 6 years. Danielle grew up in Folkestone, raised a son in the area, and has a daughter whojust started primary school.

Danielle has served as a school governor and on her GP patient committee. She feels passionately that Harbour should be somewhere clean and safe for all to live.

Danielle would hold regular surgery sessions so local people could talk to her about their concerns and work together to get results. Danielle Anson will listen to local people and fight for them.

Danielle Anson

New Romney Ward

Val Loseby

Val is a former District Councillor and worked in the NHS.

Val is a Trustee for CPRE Kent (Campaign to Protect Rural England) and a member of CPRE Shepway District committee, fighting to limit the development on the Romney Marsh through the planning system by taking part in consultations for Local Plans, public examinations and commenting on planning applications.

Val would work to fight litter and flytipping, particularly plastic on the beach and countryside particularly on the roadside. Val wants the Government to introduce a plastic bottle deposit system and FHDC to address fly tipping on the Marsh.

If elected, Val would hold a regular, advertised, Surgery in New Romney for people to have a face to face meeting who want her help.

Val Loseby

North Downs East Ward

Cyril Tryce

Cyril is an active campaigner and lifelong liberal. He is also a former Cllr and Chair of Hawkinge Parish Council. He is currently the Membership Development Officer for Folkestone and Hythe Liberal Democrats.

Cyril Trice

North Downs West Ward

Neil Matthews

Neil is a former Mayor of Hythe and former District Councillor. He is a former Parliamentary Spokesperson for the area and has lived here for many years. He is also a former staff governer at South Kent College and K College.

Neil Matthews

Romney Marsh Ward

Michel La Rue

Michel is an avid campaigner and lives locally.

Michel La Rue

Sandgate and West Folkestone Ward

Gary Fuller

Gary has worked in Sandgate as a web developer since 2012 and lived in the village for ten years from 2007. Gary has been a Sandgate Parish Councillor and Chair of Sandgate's Planning Committee since 2011. He worked in Further Education for ten years prior to changing career, serving as a UNISON steward, UCU representative, first aider and staff governor. He has three kids and is a committed tech geek.

He is keen to improve the wellbeing of all local residents through improved community facilities, increased support for mental health and better access to leisure facilities and open spaces. He believes in the importance of improving local public transport as part of efforts to protect our environment. He will oppose the developments at Princes Parade and Otterpool Park and will campaign to increase the proportion of housing that is affordable for local residents.

His top three priorities for Sandgate are:

  • Remove parking charges on Princes Parade and prevent them being introduced on Sandgate Esplanade.
  • Improve our green spaces and local parks, including the provision of fencing to protect them from vandalism.
  • Continue to improve Sandgate Library as a community facility, including the provision of code clubs and IT Literacy classes for all ages.
Gary Fuller

Tim Prater

Tim has lived and worked on Sandgate High Street for over 15 years. He has been a Sandgate Parish Councillor since 2011, is a Chichester Hall Trustee, is Chair of the Sandgate Members Club and is a former County and District Councillor.

Tim Prater on Sandgate Esplanade

Walland and Denge Marsh Ward

Ted Last

Ted is a former head teacher and has stood for election in the area before. He is a former Parish Councillor.

Ted Last