Your Liberal Democrat Candidates for the upcoming local elections on 6th May 2021
In our area, we have four Hampshire County Council elections, two Test Valley Borough By-elections and the two Southampton City Council elections that sit within the constituency.
Hampshire County Council Candidates
Mark Cooper - Romsey Town
Mark was first elected to Test Valley Borough Council and Romsey Town Council at a by-election in 1986 and was Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on TVBC between 1991 and 2001 and Leader of the Council 1995-98. Between 1995 to 1997 Mark was joint leader as the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats had tied 22 seats each in the local elections! He has been deputy LD group leader for the last 20 years. He has fought Romsey and Southampton North's Parliamentary seat in 1997 with a 12% swing to the Liberal Democrats which prepared the ground for Sandra Gidley's amazing Parliamentary wins in 2000, 2001 and 2005. In 2005 he was elected to Hampshire County Council for the Romsey Division and was re-elected in 2009, 2013 and 2017 where he has served as the LD Spokesperson on the Regulatory Committee, which is the County's planning committee, the River Hamble Harbour Authority and variously on the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority and the Environment and Transport Committee.
Mark had the extreme good fortune to serve as Romsey Town Mayor on three occasions, 1991, 2007 when Romsey had the Royal Visit from HM The Queen, and 2012.
During his 31 year professional career he taught geography and economics, mainly at sixth form level, in Southampton. He is also married to retired GP, Sue Tippett and have lived in Romsey since 1976.
Alan Dowden - Baddesley
Alan is a Retired Independent Investment Analyst. He is married, to North Baddesley Councillor Celia Dowden and this year celebrate their Golden Anniversary. He currently serves as a governor of Knightwood and St Francis Primary Schools.
Alan has been a County Councillor for the Baddesley Division for 30 years, he also is a Test Valley Borough Councillor and a Parish Council Chairman.
In his thirty years experience in Local government it has taught him much about what residents look for in their councillor. His focus of 'Listening and Responding to Residents' has enabled him to implement action on issues and make improvements in a wide range of situations across the Baddesley Division. He is a member of the Hampshire Pension Fund Committee and Board and also of the Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee. He has implemented action, and will continue to work to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Baddesley. He has fought to keep baddesley free from inappropriate development. His experience over the years of dealing with such issues will help him to continue to fight on residents' behalf.
Andrew Beesley - Romsey Rural
Andrew Beesley was born and brought up in the New Forest, and lives locally with his wife of 18 years. In his career, he has worked for Beaulieu in various roles, including driving the Monorail, helping in the National Motor Museum, and conducting audits for accounts. More recently, he spent 20 years working in the NHS, and took early retirement from his job as a State Registered Biomedical Scientist in November, 2020. He has seen at first hand the pressure the service is under, especially during this time. He is an active member of his local church community, and has also written two books and is working on a third. Andrew believes that our local councils could all be better run if services were more heavily invested in at the points where they interact directly with residents, and that better outcomes and returns could be achieved by more inventive use of reserves. He is standing in these elections to help work towards these goals, notwithstanding the funding cuts from central government which make this approach all the more vital.
David Hall - Test Valley Central
David Hall is a local entrepreneur and community campaigner who has lived near Stockbridge for 14 years with his wife Denise and two daughters. After 20 years leading innovation and international business development for NatWest, Virgin and digital challenger banks, David started his own consulting business and now runs Local Zero - a digital start-up in sustainable local shopping. David has a passion for the Environment, Education (he is a governor of Test Valley School in Stockbridge) and helping Small Business flourish. He also serves on Chilbolton Parish Council, is a keen cyclist and a trustee of Andover Musical Theatre Company - where he still loves to perform whenever he can.
|Test Valley Borough Council By- Election Candidates|
|Karen Dunleavey & Andrew Beesley - Chilworth, Nursling & Rownhams|
|Karen lives in Nurlsing with her husband and has previously been a Borough Councillor and is also currently a Town councillor. She has worked in the care sector for many years and her priority is quality of life. She is a very caring person and will work to better the lives of all in Chilworth, Nursling & Rownams, if elected on 6th May|
|Andrew Beesley was born and brought up in the New Forest, and lives locally with his wife of 18 years. In his career, he has worked for Beaulieu in various roles, including driving the Monorail, helping in the National Motor Museum, and conducting audits for accounts. More recently, he spent 20 years working in the NHS, and took early retirement from his job as a State Registered Biomedical Scientist in November, 2020.|
|Southampton City Council Candidates|
|Richard Blackman - Bassett|
Richard is the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Bassett Ward in Southampton.
Ricahrd lives and works in Southampton. He currently works at the University and brings 20 years of experience in the voluntary sector having worked in research, and for European, national, and local environmental non-governmental organisations. He is passionate about climate change, the environment and economic policy.
Richard is also a keen believer in personal development and lifelong learning, which is reflected in his active membership of Hamwic Speakers, the Southampton branch of Toastmasters International.
|Sarah Wood - Swaythling|
Sarah has lived just off Winchester Road for 27 years, and works as a bridge Civil Engineer. She is keen to bring this expereince of design to the City Council to ensure Southampton is equipped for its future prosperity. If elected, Sarah will be focusing her efforts on transportation, pollution in thSarah is also a keen envirmentalist and won "Southampton in Bloom" "Best Wildlife Garden" six times and now helps to judge the competition.e city and road and transport design.
Sarah wants to help shape Swaythling for the better of all who live and work in the area and contiue the good work Liz Mizon and other Lib Dems took on in the area in the past.