Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, to choose new members for Sheffield Council, including a new representative in Beauchief & Greenhill
Six candidates are vying to join existing ward members. Coun Simon Clement-Jones and Coun Roy Munn.
The candidates are:
TREVOR GRANT, of Norton Lees Lane, Norton – Conservative Party
PAUL HORADA-BRADNUM, of Lowedges Road, Low Edges - Green Party
Mr Horada-Bradnum said: “I have lived with my family on the Lowedges estate for 22 years. I’m an NHS driver and voluntary union branch secretary, through which I help people with their employment issues. Being a Green isn’t only about protecting the environment. My focus here has to be on protecting amenities, people, their homes, health, jobs and livelihoods, families and future. Austerity cuts have had a dramatic effect on many people in this ward. Bedroom tax, benefit cuts and wage freezes added to fuel and rent rises are increasing poverty and inequality.
“Two vital local libraries are now at risk thanks to Labour decisions. I welcome road and speed reduction improvements that have begun in the area but there are still road safety issues near local schools that I will focus on.“
TERRY MURPHY, of Ranmoor Court, Ranmoor – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
The unemployed 34-year-old said: “I’m standing as a TUSC candidate because the country needs more councillors willing to stand up for ordinary people. The mainstream parties have failed us all. I am passionately against austerity. It is nothing more than the Tories/Lib-Dem coalition waging an ideological war against the majority of us, attacking jobs and services. Labour, who started the attacks under Tony Blair, are no different. Their councillors refuse to oppose the cuts and they’ve committed to further austerity. UKIP advocate flat-rate tax and cuts to workplace rights. I don’t see how any of them can argue they stand up for ordinary people. It wasn’t us that caused the crisis, it was the banks and rich speculators. Why should we pay for it? They can start by paying their taxes and investing their reserves. TUSC is the only party committed to fighting austerity, fighting for worker’s rights and fighting further privatizations.”
RICHARD SHAW, of Carrfield Road, Heeley - Liberal Democrat
Mr Shaw said: “It’s been a real privilege to work closely with some fantastic local groups who are campaigning to keep Greenhill library and Jordanthorpe library open. Lots of local people feel let down and abandoned by the Labour Council as both these libraries could close unless they receive more support. Everyone knows the Council faces challenges but local people have been clear that closing libraries is not the right way forward. Labour bosses have found money for expensive office makeovers – so why can’t they find money for our libraries? They’ve simply got the wrong priorities. In our area it’s a straight fight between Labour and the Lib Dems so use your vote to back local libraries and support the Lib Dem team.”
CLIVE SKELTON, of Parkhead Road, Dore – Labour
The 62-year-old said: “I’ll be campaigning on the issues that affect all people in our community. It is vital that, with diminishing resources, due to the savage cuts from the Coalition Government, we seek to develop services to the young, the elderly, those in work and the more vulnerable in society.
“Together the local authority and various community groups working together can make sure services can be maintained. We must fight the Lib Dems, who are the party supporting the destruction of welfare and the NHS. Without their support, the Tories couldn’t carry through their programme of tax cuts for millionaires. Only Labour can effectively deliver these services for Beauchief and Greenhill.
DEREK SPENCE, of Dore Road, Dore - UKIP