Your County Council candidates

We are fielding eleven candidates in the County Council elections on 4 May. They are standing on a manifesto which prioritises:

  • building a Green economy which creates local jobs
  • protecting the Green Belt and our wider countryside
  • ensuring safe, sustainable, accessible and healthy modes of transport across Surrey
  • defending our public services so that all Surrey residents have a good quality of life
  • working with honesty and transparency to the highest possible standards

Read the Green Manifesto for Surrey 

Please support your Green candidate! If you would like to help with delivering leaflets, or on polling day, please email info@eastsurreygp.org.uk.

Banstead, Woodmansterne & Chipstead – Shasha Khan

Shasha is a hotelier and lives in Woodmansterne with his wife and daughter. He says, “I have a strong track record of representing the community I live in. In 2014 I challenged a neighbouring Council in the High Courts for approving a planning application to build an incinerator. Presently the Conservatives are sitting on a massive majority on the Council which is unhealthy for democratic accountability.”

Earlswood and Reigate South – Sue Fenton

Sue Fenton 2016 croppedSue is a freelance journalist who has lived in Redhill for 13 years. She is particularly concerned about fracking, the lack of affordable housing, government attempts to dismantle the NHS, and cuts to benefits. Sue believes that political decision-making, both locally and nationally, should prioritise communities and the environment over corporate interests.

Horley East – David Scoffield

Details to come.

Horley West, Salfords & Sidlow – Muriel Passmore

Muriel Passmore is retired and an active environmental campaigner. She says, “I feel really lucky to live in a beautiful, rural setting. I want to represent the Green Party because they are committed to fighting plans to build on Green Belt land, campaigning against the expansion of Gatwick, fighting against hospital closures and protecting local bus services.”

Merstham and Banstead South – Kumari Lane

Kumari is an academic lawyer who has lived in the Redhill/Reigate area since 1981. She says, “Vote for the Green Party if you believe in a healthy society with a safe and clean environment; a publicly-funded health service; adequate housing; properly funded, accessible higher education; workers’ rights and good public transport.”

Nork & Tattenhams  – Alistair Morten

Alistair lives locally with his family and works in Further Education. As a Green Party member for over 25 years, he believes that only the Green Party is committed to creating communities that are vibrant, inclusive and sustainable.

 

Redhill East  – Jonathan Essex

Jonathan EssexJonathan Essex is a chartered civil engineer. He has served on the Borough Council since 2010 and the County Council since 2013.  He says, “I have served as your County Councillor for the last four years. During this time I have worked hard to get things done in Redhill. I hope you will re-elect me so I can carry on representing you, standing up for vulnerable residents and working to make Surrey a better and greener place to live.”

Redhill West & Meadvale – Rob Jarrett

Rob Jarrett is a science teacher and maths tutor and a former Green Councillor on Brighton & Hove City Council. He is married with a grown-up daughter and lives in Reigate. Rob says, “We need an economy that works for everyone at the local level – providing decent jobs for Surrey residents, and transport that’s accessible for all. If elected, I will bring fresh ideas and renewed energy to Surrey County Council.”

Reigate  – Liz Wakefield

Liz is a primary school teacher who has lived in Reigate for 2 years. She also works in the Age UK shop in Reigate. Liz is married with a grown up daughter and 4 rescue cats. Her main concerns are the environment, education, animal welfare, shop local and open access to downland. She is a keen rambler and has an allotment. She was previously a councillor in Brighton.

Tadworth, Walton & Kingswood – Roger Ponsford

Roger is a retired environmental consultant who has lived in Walton-on-The-Hill since 1971. Through his work primarily with construction-related companies he has seen how the design, construction and operation of buildings can be so much more sustainable. He would like to improve the balance of power within the council and be in a position to influence decisions so that more environmentally acceptable options are chosen.

Oxted  – Benedict Southworth

Benedict lives in Hurst Green with his family. He is a former Director of two national charities and has worked on social and environment issues for over twenty years. He says, “I’ve seen first hand the importance of having politicians who are driven by what their community needs and not their career within the party. We need a new approach – to know what we want East Surrey to be – more than a place for new houses and oil exploration. We need more Green councillors to help get fair and sustainable policies that counter the damage done by fracking, austerity, the dismantling of the NHS and a weak response to tax avoidance.”

 

 

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