ELECTIONS 2014: Candidates in the Victoria ward of Hartlepool

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AS part of the Mail’s 2014 local elections coverage, we will be focusing on all 11 wards in Hartlepool where seats are up for grabs.

The Mail will be profiling the 49 candidates who want your vote and examining the issues that are affecting local residents ahead of the election this Thursday, May 22.

Our coverage continues today with the final ward, Victoria.

Carl Richardson (Labour)

“I am an experienced local councillor.

“I have served the Victoria Ward area of the town for many years and understand the important issues that face residents.

“I have worked with my Labour colleagues to improve road safety in the ward, particularly around schools.

“I regularly attend residents’ meetings and have always been prepared to go the extra mile for the people of the ward I represent, and for Hartlepool.

“As a Socialist, I am committed to fairness and equality of opportunity in society, and I am strongly opposed to the vicious Con-Dem cuts imposed on our town.

“If you re-elect me:

“I will continue to work hard with Residents’ Associations to improve the ward.

“I will continue to challenge the council on issues that affect residents, such as anti-social behaviour, litter, and irresponsible dog owners.

“I will not make unrealistic promises about what I can deliver.”

John Riddle (Putting Hartlepool First)

“I have lived most of my life in Hartlepool and in 1976 I was elected as councillor for the Hart Ward.

“I now live in the Victoria Ward.

“Our hospital services have been decimated despite having a catchment area of over 130,000 people and for Hartlepool to be left without its own accident and emergency facility is beyond belief.

“We have bus services that cease running after 6.30pm, the proposals for allotment owners to carry ID cards and now the latest disgrace - a ‘pub’ in my parents last resting place, Hartlepool Cemetery.

“An absolute affront to the dignity of the people laid to rest there.

“Putting Hartlepool First is trying to do something about all this and to bring some common sense and decency back into the council.

“So I’m asking for your support on May 22nd so that I can help you and Hartlepool to be put first.

“Thank you.”

Diana Wanduragala (Liberal Democrat)

“I have lived in Hartlepool for almost 28 years.

“I was a teacher by profession, now retired. I am interested in supporting local shops and community facilities as well as a safe, cleaner and greener neighbourhood.

“I think it is important to work together with other elected councillors for the benefit of both the local community and the town.

“My experience of supporting a local community and working with local councillors has been as part of a team managing the development of St Matthew’s Community Centre in the Burn Valley Ward.

“On a town level I have supported the Fair Trade Town status of Hartlepool, as a member of the Hartlepool Global Peace & Justice Group.

“As a life-long Liberal/Liberal Democrat voter, I would like to see Liberal Democrat representation again on the council, as well as continued regional representation in the European Parliament.”

Helen Wells (Conservative)

“I am excited to be representing Local Conservatives in the elections.

“If elected I promise to continue with our Local Conservative practice by never claiming expenses.

“I will also pledge to work alongside the main political group for the best interests of our ward.

“Local Conservatives have a proven track record of working together for the good of our town.”