Six in the running for Sheffield Council Beighton seat

Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, Sheffield Council election candidate, May 2014
Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, Sheffield Council election candidate, May 2014

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

Six candidates are vying to join existing ward members. Coun Chris Rosling-Josephs and Coun Ian Saunders.

The candidates are:

SHIRLEY CLAYTON, of Broadlands Rise, Owlthorpe – Conservative Party

Awaiting information

MARGARET GRAY, of Haughton Road, Woodseats – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

The 69-year-old retired nurse said: “I am standing as a TUSC candidate as I am against the injustice of the cutbacks ordinary people are facing. As a former nurse, I feel passionate about retaining the NHS. I oppose any future privatisations and support renationalising services that have already been cherry picked by private firms. The welfare state, which has been around for most my life, has been torn apart by successive Tory and New Labour governments. If things continue like this, I believe we will all need insurance to pay for our basic health needs in the future. Having been a Labour supporter all my life, I’m disillusioned by what the Party now stands for. They support further cuts in public spending and destruction of the welfare state. TUSC is the only party committed to fighting the injustice ordinary people face and making those that caused the crisis, the bankers and the rich elite, pay for it.”

SAM LAUNDER, of Springvale Road, Crookes – UKIP

Awaiting information

RICHARD MADDEN, of Flockton Court, Rockingham Street, city centre – Green Party

The 28-year-old mature Sheffield University student, who has lived in Sheffield for 10 years, said: “Tesco has backed off with its superstore proposals, but there are still too many in this area. Local shops can’t compete and Crystal Peaks is struggling as well. The council needs more powers to protect small local shops and district shopping centres. Residents who need to use public transport have to get to Crystal Peaks for too many services. Stagecoach and First decide whether or not services take you to key services like the Royal Hallamshire Hospital or Sheffield railway station, for example. The council should control our bus routes, not private companies making decisions motivated by profit.”

HELEN MIRFIN-BOUKOURIS, of Mosborough Hall Drive, Halfway – Labour

Helen has served as a Beighton ward councillor since 2004 and comes from a family with a tradition of public service and volunteering. She has held positions of responsibility at Sheffield Council in education, business, wnvironment and culture. She is married with two teenage sons and works part-time teaching at Sheffield University’s management school. She is a trustee of The Limes Community Centre in Beighton and a community governor at Rainbow Forge Primary School in Hackenthorpe. In her free time, Helen describes herself as nature lover who enjoys the outdoors with her family and their dog whenever possible.

ALLAN WISBEY, of Totley Hall Drive, Totley – Liberal Democrat

Allan said: “It’s been clear from the past 12 months that the Sheffield Labour Party have the wrong priorities for the city. Millions of pounds have been wasted on office makeovers and highly paid consultants, while almost £30 million of unpaid Council Tax remains uncollected. Yet, at the same time, Labour councillors claim they have no option but to close libraries and hike charges for local people. Meanwhile, their anti-business policies have damaged Sheffield’s reputation as a city. Liberal Democrats in Government, on the other hand, have a record of delivering for Sheffield, securing investment to improve Sheffield’s roads, massively increase the number of apprenticeships and support local businesses. In Sheffield, it’s a clear choice between Labour and the Liberal Democrats – voting Conservative or UKIP will just help Labour.”

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