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