There are two council seats representing Stoke Ward (Bellfields and Weyfield) on the council and you will therefore have two votes to cast. Please use your two votes for James Walsh and Angela Gunning.
We currently represent you on the council, working for you all-year-round. Some councillors might skip official meetings, but we have a 100% attendance record.
While we are open to a consensual way of working in local politics, we are not afraid to ask tricky questions and hold the Conservative-run council to account. This includes:
- Speaking up to stop more money being wasted on the failed Village project in the town centre – £1.2m by the time the Conservative administration stopped it
- Taking part in a food poverty study to find out the extent of the problem in Guildford and ways to help those in need
- Calling the council to account when residents raised concerns about fire alarms being removed without consultation or explanation
- Making sure that local people get the best possible deal from the SARP regeneration programme by attending meetings and talking through options with council officers
We would like the opportunity to work for you for another term in office, but can only do that if you use both of your votes for your two Labour candidates – Angela Gunning and James Walsh.
You have shown your confidence in me and have re-elected me as your Borough Councillor five times since 1995. I enjoy being able to represent you in the council chamber, and in the borough as a whole, and I hope you will continue to support me on May 2.
I have always had Stoke’s best interests at heart and have been following the SARP plans to build more than 1,000 new homes in Slyfield closely over the past 10 years, asking questions in the chamber, with officers and Lead Councillors when we needed more information locally. I have worked with Thames Water to eliminate the smells that sometimes affect nearby residents and have tried very hard to sort out the parking problems in roads next to the industrial estate. I have also helped many of you with housing issues and James and I can always be found taking part in the Fun Days on the Green every July. I really enjoy meeting residents and helping sort out issues where I can.
On the Council, I have been a member of the Planning Committee for many years and use my experience to advise residents where I can. I am currently taking an active part in plans for a revamped Museum in Guildford.
A former Chemical Engineer, I had three children [all in Guildford schools] and am now a grandmother of 11. I retired from my job back when I was first elected to represent you.
I was first elected to represent you in the 2016 Stoke by-election and I was honoured to earn your support in that election. Since then, I have worked on many local issues and have helped with the matters you have raised with me. I recently led the campaign to protect Bellfields Green from traveller incursions; called out the council when it removed communal fire alarms without telling residents first; reported antisocial behaviour and flytipping whenever it has arisen in the ward; and represented you in discussions about plans to build more than 1,000 houses in Slyfield.
I have many years’ experience as a councillor, having been a member of Slough Council for six years before I moved to Guildford, and enjoy using my experience to help you and hold the council to account.
On the council, I am Vice-Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and play a key role in questioning the council executive, Surrey Police and others on issues affecting Guildford and Stoke, including how taxpayers’ money is spent and developments in the borough and town.
A communications manager at the NHS, I am a father of one and am standing for re-election on May 2 to play my part in making Guildford an even better place for all of us to live, work and play in.
REMEMBER – You have TWO votes on May 2. Please use them to vote for ANGELA GUNNING and JAMES WALSH.
Promoted by Sue Hackman on behalf of Guildford Labour Party both at 9b Martyr Rd Guildford GU1 4LF.