Six vying for Mosborough seat on Sheffield Council

Voters go to the polls to elect new members to Sheffield Council on Thursday, May 22.
Voters go to the polls to elect new members to Sheffield Council on Thursday, May 22.

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

Six candidates are vying to join existing ward members, Coun David Barker and Coun Tony Downing.

The candidates are:

ISOBEL BOWLER, of Ranmoor Road, Ranmoor – Labour

Coun Bowler

WILLIAM LOCKWOOD, of Crookes Road, Crookes – Conservative Party

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JOANNE PARKIN, of Hursley Close, Sothall – UKIP

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GAIL SMITH, of Thorpe Drive, Waterthorpe – Liberal Democrat

The health service worker said: “I live locally and know the excellent record Liberal Democrats have in standing up for Mosborough. It’s been clear that Labour politicians care more about their pet projects in the Town Hall than they do about local communities like ours. We’ve shown that, by cutting back on Labour’s wasteful spending, the council can protect the services that matter most. Only the Liberal Democrats can beat Labour – UKIP and

the Conservatives have no councillors in Sheffield – so please back the local Lib Dem team.”

JULIE WHITE, of Sharrow Street, Highfield – Green Party

Dr White said: “I’m a doctor and I’ve worked in surgeries in many areas of the city. I led the No M1 widening campaign which focused on the impact on air quality and public health in nearby communities. Mosborough lacks community and leisure facilities and protecting them must be a priority as cuts bite. The poorest and most vulnerable can be very isolated, especially as First and Stagecoach chop and change bus routes chasing profits when the council should be in control. Greens are working to protect the more rural communities in south Sheffield and north Derbyshire from the future threat of shale gas fracking. Fracking won’t help us to adapt to climate change and communities will suffer as endless trucks bring in the huge amounts of water required in the process.”

IAN WHITEHOUSE, of Rowan Tree Road, Killamarsh – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

The 50-year-old dad of two, is a former miner who now works in construction.

He said: “The main reason I am standing for the Mosborough ward is I want to return local politics to ordinary people. Sheffield was a city I was so proud of in the late 1970s and early 1980s, built on ordinary people‘s hard work and community spirit. I want to help rekindle the spirit of ordinary people in the city and dispel the lies perpetuated by some parties and the media, driving wedges between communities. Together, we can restore jobs and services threatened or cut by the present council, secure affordable public transport, stop library closures and start a programme of building social housing. We are not in this crisis all together and it is not the fault of ordinary Sheffield people, so we will not pay a price we cannot afford. With the help of the people of Sheffield and the unions we can make a city where all citizens can be equal no matter what their background or beliefs.”