There’s less than a week to go until South Tyneside goes to the polls for the latest local elections.
Here’s why the candidates in the Monkton ward think they deserve your vote.
James Francis Cain (Conservative Party) (no picture supplied)
Dear voter, I am honoured to be the Conservative candidate in the Primrose ward in these local elections.
I promise that I will do my best to represent you and your needs if elected, so vote Conservative on Thursday 5th May.
Lesley Kay Hanson (Green Party)
I’m a retired primary school teacher. All children have the right to excel in whatever area their talents lie.
Sadly, young children are being forced into academic boxes, being made to endure failure instead of being celebrated and encouraged to explore their individuality.
Cuts in education mean that many children are taught by classroom assistants instead of teachers.
Art and music are no longer valued, denying children a chance to shine.
The Green Party will ensure a qualified teacher in every classroom. We will ban league tables, end testing, reduce class sizes and teachers’ paperwork.
We will scrap tuition fees and bring back schools into local authority control.
I campaigned against closure of Jarrow Walk-In Centre and am still campaigning to re-instate it.
I’m involved in a campaign to provide a hospital bus which would serve Jarrow and Hebburn patients who need to travel to South Tyneside District Hospital.
Jim Perry (Labour Party)
It has been an honour and privilege to have served the residents of the Primrose ward since 1999 as a Labour councillor.
Working alongside my colleagues it gives me great satisfaction to see the many schemes completed within the boundaries of the ward.
I get very angry about the drastic cuts which have been implemented by the Conservative Government.
Since 2010 your council has been forced to operate with £110million LESS cash, while demand for our services has actually increased.
Despite this, my fellow Labour Councillors and I will continue to search for ways to minimise the effects of the cuts and examine ways of protecting our vital front line services.
If I am re elected on May 5, I will work to ensure that Primrose continues to receive its fair share of the council’s financial resources and represent the residents of Primrose to the best of my ability.