Meet the Harton ward candidates for this year's South Tyneside local council elections
This year's local elections are just around the corner, and we are turning the spotlight on all South Tyneside's candidates in the run-up to polling day on May 3.
Each one will be given the opportunity to tell readers why they are standing and why people should vote for them.
Here's what the three Harton ward candidates have to say:
RHIANNON SIAN CURTIS (GREEN PARTY)
A vote for the Green Party is a vote for a fresh approach.
It’s also a vote for a new voice on the council, one that is willing to stand up for you, and for South Shields.
For too long, poor decisions by the Labour Council have gone unchallenged; we want to change this, ensuring that your voices are heard.
Labour can only offer the situation we’re in now. We believe South Shields can do better – more of the same isn’t good enough any more.
And we all know it. Let’s vote for something different. Something better. Let’s vote Green.
NEIL MAXWELL (LABOUR PARTY)
I am delighted to have been selected to be Labour’s candidate in the Harton ward.
I was born and raised in the Harton ward and I attended Harton Infants, Harton Junior Boys and Redwell Schools.
I have been a Harton ward councillor since 2010 and I’m a school governor at Harton Primary.
Since 2010 I have taken up many residents’ queries and together with my Harton ward colleagues I have implemented many improvements to the Harton ward.
I therefore look forward to the opportunity to continue working on your behalf if re-elected.
HOLLY MAY WRIGHT (CONSERVATIVE PARTY)
Hi, I’m Holly and I’m your local election Conservative candidate for Harton.
For our local council to be effective it needs opposition.
With 53 out of 54 members of South Tyneside Council being Labour, they’re not being held to account over how they spend our taxes – taxes such as the green bin tax, which I’d push to scrap.
I’m standing to show the people of Harton and the rest of South Shields that not all young people buy into Corbyn and to ensure that you keep more of your hard-earned money in your own pocket.