Each one has been given the opportunity to tell readers why they're running for a seat on the borough council and why people should vote for them.Here's what candidates standing in the Cleadon and East Boldon ward have to say.
1. Jane Carter (Labour Party)
I’m privileged to have been elected by residents in Cleadon and East Boldon in May 2019, having lived in South Tyneside all my life. This election is about local issues and I want to ensure South Tyneside is delivering good quality and responsive services. I am committed to doing everything to protect the special character of our villages, particularly the green belt. I will continue to work throughout the year, not just at election time. My priorities are the priorities of the residents I represent. I will speak up for them at every opportunity to ensure their voices are heard.
Photo: Jane Carter (Labour Party)
2. Daniel Fisher (Reform UK)
I’m Daniel Fisher, an 18-year-old who has grown up living in both Cleadon and East Boldon. I'm a proud member of the local Church of England, and the candidate for Reform UK. I'm running for local council because I am fed up of seeing residents of our wonderful ward pay ever increasing council tax only to get nothing in return. Running with Reform UK affords me the unique ability to have a campaign completely independent of pressures from the main party. I’ll be able to fight for our green belt without concerns about housing quotas or lobbyists in Westminster. I’ll be able to move more efficiently to resolve issues like uneven street surfaces and littering, which impact us all daily, whilst cutting all wasteful spending with hopes to eventually reduce your council tax. Working closely alongside local businesses, I’ll put our community first in all matters.
Photo: Daniel Fisher (Reform UK)
3. Ian Forster (Conservative Party)
To introduce myself, I’m Ian Forster and have lived in Cleadon Village since 1987 and my wife, Carole, was brought up on Langholm Road, East Boldon. Upon leaving school I worked as shipwright, before joining Northumbria Police where I served for thirty years, including time as a Detective Constable in South Tyneside. For the past few years I’ve worked for a self funding charity in South Tyneside as well as this, I’m a founding volunteer of Pond Life in Cleadon. My number one priority is to protect our greenbelt land from development, in both Cleadon and East Boldon. I am also committed to scrapping the flyover at Tile Shed Crossing which will be massively damaging to the environment, as well as fighting for better value for your council tax and against any rises. I’m the only candidate here who can beat Labour and be a strong, sensible voice for you.
Photo: Ian Forster (Conservative Party)
4. David Herbert - Green Party
Living in Cleadon Village for 57 years, I value the green spaces threatened by the council’s destructive plans; such as the proposed flyover at Tilesheds which would destroy a large area of woodland and precious wildlife habitat. The council has ignored local people’s objections. A lone Green councillor represents South Tyneside and pushed the council to declare a climate emergency. One Green in the room makes a difference! One in five voters across South Tyneside voted Green in 2019, resulting in our first Green councillor being elected. This proves that Greens can win here. We have shown we work all year round, not just at election time.