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Better transport for the villages and estates round Guildford is an important priority for Howard Smith, the Labour Party candidate for Guildford and Cranleigh.

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To make the point you can now get on the bus with Howard, specifically a number 4 or 5 bus running from the centre of Guildford, round Park Barn, the Royal Surrey hospital, past the Cathedral and back.

Howard’s picture fills the back of three buses on the circuit, symbolising the Labour party’s support for bus travellers and the communities they serve.

Howard said: “Buses are the most important form of travel for so many in Guildford. We have so many problems with buses out to the villages and estates.

"The recent replacement of single deckers with minibuses to Bellfields is a good example. Buses need to be better maintained, more frequent and provide a safer way of travelling for the many, not just the privileged few. I wonder how often Anne Milton travels on a bus?

Howard believes that Guildford needs to look at creative alternatives to the present transport policies and that buses could have an important role to play.

“No question, we need radical solutions.  Improving the roads of course we need to do that, but we also need to try to increase bus use.

"If elected on June 8th, I would like to see some research on the potential for making some Guildford bus routes free of charge.

"These needn't be the most popular routes, which are probably working well already, but the ones which would be most effective in reducing car use.

"The next step would be a trial period of making those free. Achieving greater bus use is a win on many grounds: it means our roads can be freed up, it can bring back a sense of community, and it's good for air quality too.”

Promoted by Nick Trier on behalf of Howard Smith, both of 9b Martyr Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LF.

Take the bus with Howard Smith

Better transport for the villages and estates round Guildford is an important priority for Howard Smith, the Labour Party candidate for Guildford and Cranleigh.

Labour Party candidate Howard Smith met and listened to the views of residents at Abbot’s Hospital in Guildford High Street on a damp and soggy Friday morning.

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Accompanied by his 18 month old son Stanley, Howard spent an hour meeting and talking to residents and getting a close look at the iconic alms houses.

Howard said afterwards: “It was a real pleasure meeting these residents of Guildford who have so much knowledge of the town. I have never before been inside the residents’ flats and it was a real privilege to do so this morning.

"With so many people now having postal votes, I hope everyone at Abbot’s will be able to vote in the General Election even if they find it difficult to get out and about.”

Promoted by Nick Trier on behalf of Howard Smith, both of 9b Martyr Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LF

Howard visits Abbot's Hospital

Labour Party candidate Howard Smith met and listened to the views of residents at Abbot’s Hospital in Guildford High Street on a damp and soggy Friday morning.

On Saturday May 13th, Howard Smith will be Guildford Labour Party's candidate in the General Election to be held on June 8th.

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Howard is a local man, born and bred in Guildford he went to school at Bellfields Primary and George Abbot and still lives locally with his wife and young son, Stanley. Howard is most famous for having been the drummer with New Wave band The Vapors, performing on their best known hit Turning Japanese, and subsequently worked for a large international music company, the BBC and ran the shop People Records off the High Street. He is currently promoting live music at local venues.

Howard joined party members at their regular coffee morning at GLive and talked about why he wants to represent Guildford and Cranleigh in Parliament.

Howard said: “I love Guildford but I am concerned at the growing levels of inequality in our town. I'm worried that homes in Guildford are now unaffordable for so many people who grow up here, that there's insufficient investment in our schools and hospitals and fear for how a Tory Brexit might impact on our local businesses and industries and on a personal note, how a policy of expanding grammar schools might affect the education of my young son. I really want to ensure we make things better for the many, not just the privileged few.”

Locals were delighted with the selection.

Merrow resident Kiran Butler said: “It is so good to have an enthusiastic candidate who, like me, has a young family and understands the issues that are important to me.”

Local GP David Burgess said: “I think Howard is a great candidate for Labour. He really cares about the less well off in our community.”

Could this be the year of the drummer? David Rowntree, drummer with Blur, has recently been elected as a County Councillor in Norfolk; perhaps Howard Smith can go even higher in Guildford.

Promoted by Nick Trier on behalf of Howard Smith, both of 9b Martyr Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LF

Howard's our candidate

On Saturday May 13th, Howard Smith will be Guildford Labour Party's candidate in the General Election to be held on June 8th.

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