Seven bidding to secure Burngreave seat on Sheffield Council

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Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, to choose new members for Sheffield Council, including a new representative in Burngreave ward.

Seven candidates are vying to join existing ward members. Coun Jackie Drayton and Coun Ibrar Hussain.

The candidates are:

MAXINE BOWLER, of Northcote Road, Heeley – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

The 55-year-old community worker said: “I am standing for election as a socialist councillor and am the main contender against Labour in the ward. Austerity has been used as an excuse by the Tories to rob the poor to pay the rich, but what is Sheffield’s Labour council doing? By implementing the cuts they are doing the Tories’ dirty work. The cuts destroy lives. First they cut children’s centres, then the adventure playground and now the libraries. We are told to blame those on benefits, the disabled and migrants. We are all children of immigrants – that’s what built this country. Blame the real criminals, not the poor, disabled or immigrants. If elected I will fight back against all cuts. The Tories with the support of the Liberal Democrats have done more to roll back the welfare state than Thatcher ever dreamed of and yet we have only seen a fragment of the cuts intended. I am a grassroots activist and standing because the cuts are ripping the heart out of our community.”

RUSSELL CUTTS, of Fairbank Road, Fir Vale – Conservative Party

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ANWAR DIRIR, of Alderson Road, Highfield – Independent

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SHANE HARPER, of Aldfield Way, Fir Vale – UKIP

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TALIB HUSSAIN, of Abbeyfield Road, Burngreave – Labour

Mr Hussain is standing for re-election as his term of office comes to an end, having been elected in May 2010.

BARRIE JERVIS, of Button Hill, Millhouses – Liberal Democrat

Mr Jervis, a retired lecturer, said: “At the European elections, it’s obvious only Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is making the case for British jobs in the European Union. At a local level, I believe it’s also important to talk about jobs. I think we have a good story to tell as the Government helps to build a stronger local economy. However, our Labour council has introduced a number of badly-thought-out policies, which have damaged the city’s business reputation. I’m campaigning to bring more jobs to Sheffield and in particular to support young people. We’ve seen a great increase in the number of apprenticeships in the city as a result of Government support but there’s always more we can do as a city.”

CHRISTOPHER SISSONS, of Blayton Road, Burngreave - Green Party

The 59-year-old self-employed community web consultan said: “Burngreave has been let down by the council following the closure of New Deal. Following that investment of £50 million, we now have no local forum, development trust or local partnership. Now Labour are forcing volunteers to run our vital library without adequate funding and support. Burngreave has always been proud to be a multi-cultural community and everyone suffers through unemployment, low pay, poor housing and limited facilities for young adults. In the last few years, at least five food banks have opened within walking distance of my house. The Green Party opposes austerity and stands for a minimum “living wage”, affordable housing and protection of services.”

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