Candidate Profiles

Stoke Gifford ward (3 seats)

Brian Allinson (Conservative)

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Ernest Brown (Conservative)

I have served twenty-two years in the Royal Navy, followed by twenty years at Airbus. I have lived in Stoke Gifford for thirty-five years and have been Chairman of the Parish Council for the last seven years. My one aim is to make sure residents are heard at District level and given good value for money. If elected I will continue to ensure our voice is heard and carry on making improvements to our green and open spaces, preserve and protect them, as well as maintaining them for use by all.  

In my capacity of Chair of the Parish Council, I have overseen good fiscal management and ensured the Parish Council Precept has been kept to less than the benchmark of 2% and in the past often at zero, yet still improving and keeping the area to a high and well-maintained standard.

Parking remains a major concern throughout the Parish and has become a daily nuisance. With the forthcoming road closure on Gipsy Patch Lane a more pragmatic approach to parking is now vital.  I will continue to meet with South Gloucestershire & Parkway representatives to ensure the matter is given priority and resolved.

Keith Cranney (Conservative)

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John Ford (Liberal Democrat)

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Bob Griffin (Liberal Democrat)

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Fred Hillberg (UKIP Make Brexit Happen)

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Jenny James (Labour)

Jenny is a local resident, who you might recognise from your trips to a local charity shop where she is a volunteer. Jenny is also involved in other local groups including as co-ordinator of 2 local Neighbourhood Watch schemes, founder of the popular Friends of Meade Park group and of the newly established Friends of Stoke Gifford Play Parks group. Jenny is always looking for ways to make a difference in the community and is a regular volunteer for environmental groups such as Bradley Stoke in Bloom and Friends of Forty Acres as well as being a church warden and helper at the MS Centre in Bradley Stoke.

Brian Mead (Labour)

Brian is an experienced councillor, currently serving on Filton Town Council. He is Chair of the Co-operative Party and co-operative ideals have been key in shaping his political opinions. He has experience of working in public transport and in the security industry locally. He is an active fundraiser for local and national charities including the Ronald McDonald House, Great Western Air Ambulance, the Grand Appeal, Help for Heroes and the Jessie May Children’s Hospice.  He is strongly opposed to cuts in local services caused by the Tory Government’s cuts to Local Government funding and says that this has inspired him to seek election as a South Gloucestershire Councillor.

Tom Mewies (Labour)

Tom is a civil servant living and working locally. He is a trade union representative for the Public & Commercial Services union, regularly volunteers at a charity bookshop and is active in the running of his Church. Tom strongly believes in properly funded public services, particularly at the local level, and is frustrated by years of austerity caused by deep cuts to the grants given to our local area. Tom is active in the co-operative movement and strongly believes in co-operative and community led solutions to the problems our area faces. He wants to see more support for community run facilities in South Gloucestershire.

Pam Shipp (Liberal Democrat)

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Stoke Park and Cheswick ward (1 seat)

James Arrowsmith (Liberal Democrat)

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Dayley Lawrence (Labour)

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George Maggs (Conservative)

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