There are just two days left until the South Tyneside local Government elections.
Here’s what candidates in the Harton ward in South Shields have to say as they seek your vote.
Melanie Ann Baker (Independent)
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Pat Hay (Labour Party)
It is an honour and a pleasure to be standing as the Labour candidate in Harton Ward.
When I was elected four years ago as your Labour councillor, I said I would work with the people of Harton for the people of Harton.
I have done just that, I have responded to over 650 enquiries, made over 97 house visits addressing your issues and concerns.
I hold a weekly ward surgery and do regular ward walkabouts. I have been able to take forward your concerns and issues raised to ensure you have an effective voice in all Council debates. My 98% attendance at Council meetings shows you how committed I am on advocating on your behalf.
As we face challenges ahead given the huge financial cuts imposed by the Tory Government, I hope that you again have the confidence in me to represent you as your Harton Ward Councillor. My pledge to you remains the same; working with the people of Harton for the people of Harton.
Malcolm Pratt (UKIP)
It beggars belief that members from South Shields CLP have the audacity to still put themselves forward as candidates in the forthcoming Local Elections. As members of the CLP they are suspended and they cannot truthfully stand as representatives of the Labour Party until that suspension is lifted. In 2014 only 17% of the electorate voted for the Labour Party in South Shields. Yet many in the Local Labour Party act as if they were born to rule. Surely it is time for change? UKIP will be coordinating closely in future with anyone who wants to bring an end to the closed cliques and the dead wood that cling to their special allowances, expenses and other privileges.
Craig Ethan Robinson (Conservative Party)
Born and bred in South Shields, I’ve witnessed the slow decline of the town I love over the years. Who’s stewarded the town throughout all those years? The Labour-controlled Council. South Shields needs change. I believe South Shields needs the Conservatives.
Just look at what the Conservatives have delivered for the town - over £2m for our schools and 5,570 apprenticeships for young people; unemployment slashed by 33% since 2010; over 32,000 residents paying less income tax; and nearly 200 homes for families thanks to Help to Buy.
What’s Labour done? Spent £100m of your money on its “365 Plan” which has now stalled and may well not be finished at all while hiking council tax and rents for the poorest residents.
The local Labour Party has been suspended – cracks are beginning to show. Let’s have a voice of opposition in Town Hall. Vote Conservative on May 5.