Clifton by-election: Six candidates set out their priorities

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The six candidates for the by-election in Clifton North have set out their priorities, and explained why they want to win the seat.

On Thursday, September 27, voters will head to the polls to elect a new councillor for Nottingham City Council.

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The by-election was called after the resignation of Pat Ferguson earlier this year. She had previously been a Labour councillor, but was serving as an independent when she stood down.

David Bishop – Bus-pass Elvis Party

I was born in Broxtowe in 1944 and left William Crane school at 16. I’ve had various jobs since, include painting and decorating and driving a bread van for the Co-op. My occupations these days are drawing, writing poetry, picking up litter, listening to 50s rock ‘n’ roll records and fringe politics.

I campaign on issues that the other parties often ignore like banning airguns and saving public toilets.

I am standing in Clifton North because I think there should be a public toilet there. Wilford village hasn’t got a public toilet either!

Kevin Clarke – Nottingham Independents

I’ve lived and worked in Clifton North for 40 years since leaving the Army, serving in Germany and Northern Ireland. I was educated at Trent Bridge Secondary School. I am a local businessman with local values.

I want to represent Clifton North to make a difference. I’m very hands-on, taking part in local events and supporting local charities.

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I believe Clifton North deserves more than it’s getting. I want to put local issues before national ones – our community needs this.

Nottingham Independents did not call this by-election as I believe the council can’t afford it, but if elected any money I receive will be given straight back to local charities.

Kirsty Jones – The Green Party

I am Kirsty Jones, Green Party candidate for Clifton North. I have lived in Nottingham since 2010, in many areas across the city.

I currently work as a paediatric nurse in the Queen’s Medical Centre so have frequent contact with Nottingham families. Clifton North has not had a Green Party candidate, so this is the first time to represent the environmental concerns of the area.

If elected, my aims will be to improve access for pedestrians, make it even easier for people to use the public transport infrastructure and ensure that public services, such as libraries are supported to continue.

Rebecca Procter – Liberal Democrat

I’m the Liberal Democrat candidate for Clifton North, and I’ve lived here for 17 years. I’ve been an active part of the community in this time, as a scout leader in Wilford for five years, helping the local young people to grow and develop skills for life.

I’ve also been a member of the parish community in Clifton, volunteering with the local church.

I want to be a new voice for the area. At a time where the Labour-dominated council is making blanket decisions about how services are funded, I want to speak up loudly for Clifton, Silverdale and Wilford.

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Shuguftah Quddoos – Labour Party

I am proud to be Labour’s candidate for Clifton North. I grew up on a council estate and came to Nottingham to study. Since then, Nottingham has become my home and is where I’ve raised my family.

I have worked as a manager at the Metropolitan Support Trust leading a team delivering support to frail older people, I have been a support worker at Women’s Aid helping survivors of domestic abuse and I now run a social enterprise that promotes equality.

I have always been driven to help people and I want to make things better in Clifton for you and your family.

Roger Steel – Conservative Party

With roots in Dunkirk and more than 30 years living in Wilford, I am your truly local candidate, a retired Quantity Surveyor monitoring value for money I am an active community campaigner and member of many local organisations.

I organised the Jubilee fireworks, Christmas lighting etc, and am known for getting the job done.

I will protect our local environment and beauty spots; engage with police to deter anti-social behaviour and mini-motor bikes; modify road humps to encourage visits to our new supermarket; restrict all-day parking by commuters and support local volunteer groups.

I will join Councillor Rule in urging Labour to freeze council tax.