Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, to choose new members for Sheffield Council, including a new representative in Stannington ward.
Five candidates are vying to join existing ward members. Coun Katie Condliffe and Coun Vickie Priestley, Lord Mayor of Sheffield.
The candidates are:
DAVID BAKER, of Stannington Road, Stannington – Liberal Democrat
Mr Baker, who has more than 20 years’ experience as a local councillor, said: “Living locally I know how important Stannington Library is to our local community. I’ve worked hard for our area for many years and I’ve never seen local residents as unified as they are over library closures. Local people know this closure is unnecessary if we cut down on the money the council is wasting or got tough on unpaid Council Tax. The closure plan simply reinforces the idea this council does not care about rural communities like Stannington, Loxley, Bradfield and Worrall. Everyone knows the battle here is between the Lib Dems and Labour, so if you want to stop Labour’s planned closure of our library, back the local Liberal Democrat team and send a strong message to Labour’s Town Hall bosses.”
MARTIN BRADSHAW, of Stannington Road, Stannington – Green Party
The 46-year-old community nurse also runs a market garden providing customers with weekly deliveries of organic vegetables and fruit.
He said: “I’m keen to promote organic farming and sourcing food more locally to help reduce our carbon footprint. I’m a big supporter of the work done by Action For Stannington – its members have created a blueprint for reusing and recycling in communities. Stannington Library is under real threat after Labour councillors voted to make it volunteer-run without professional staff or adequate support and funding. STAND has already recognised they will need to fund some professional staff. It’s just not realistic for groups required to run 16 independent libraries across the city to be ready to take control in autumn.”
JOHN GREENFIELD, of Deer Park Road, Stannington – UKIP
Mr Greenfield works as a charge nurse in the Macmillan unit at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.
The 62-year-old said was born in Sheffield and has lived all his life in Sheffield apart from 10 years living in Norway – a European country which he says is able to prosper because it is not part of the European Union. Mr Greenfield became involved with the Norwegian Progressive Party before he returned to live in Sheffield. He joined UKIP because he is passionately committed to Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
BEN MISKELL, of Forge Lane, Oughtibridge – Labour
The 31-year-old Bradfield Secondary School teacher said: “I can see the damage Nick Clegg is doing locally. Over the past four years of broken promises, he has cut the money coming into Sheffield by £308 for every family in the city. Our area needs a champion for hard-working families and for the next generation, someone prepared to stand up against unfair cuts to local schools and services. Unpopular local MP Nick Clegg has three local councillors in our ward, all standing up for the coalition government and its cuts. I’m asking Stannington ward to swap one of its Liberal Democrat councillors for me, a local teacher, not a politician, on Thursday.”
JEREMY SHORT, of Low Road, Stannington – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
The 64-year-old casual worker said: “As a lifelong trade unionist and socialist, I believe TUSC is the only party to offer an alternative to years of austerity and cuts promised by the ConDems, scandalously supported by Labour and UKIP. Council cuts hitting Stannington include library closures and doubling allotment rents. Libraries run by volunteers are no replacement for a well-resourced and staffed public service, while any increased charges hit the poorest. However, TUSC is not just an anti-cuts party – we offer a positive future: new council houses, creating jobs and apprenticeships in construction and manufacturing; living wage for all workers; an integrated publicly-owned transport system, ending the farce of three different bus firms serving Stannington. How to pay for this? The Government itself said when floods hit the Thames Valley ‘we are a rich country’. That wealth should be used for the people – not lost through tax evasion and bankers’ bonuses.”