Local Elections 2021
Supporting our Communities.
We’re proud that our party is made up of local people who care about our town. We support community facilities like Friendship House when we see them threatened by the Conservatives and we come together to say no to overnight closures at the QE2 Hospital in Welwyn Garden City. Our members lead community support groups, serve in foodbanks, and work in the fantastic NHS vaccination programme.
Your Labour candidates in Howlands
Alan Chesterman – Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Lynn Chesterman – Hertfordshire County Council
Philip Ross – Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner
(Scroll down to read more about your candidates)
Vote Labour on Thursday 6 May 2021
This election if your chance to choose a positive plan for Welwyn Hatfield’s future.
Labour will keep your council tax low while protecting key services, much like the Labour-led Council have done in Stevenage.
We’ll stand up for Health and Care workers. Labour Councillors voted for a proper pay increase for those who have been there for us during the pandemic while the Conservatives were proposing NHS pay cuts. Only Labour will bring in free parking for nurses and health workers while fighting cuts at the local QE2 Urgent Care Centre.
Labour is fighting to save vital community services like “Friendship House” in Hatfield as the Conservatives block it from being used while they work out how to pocket as much money and profit from the site as possible.
For too long greed, waste and dodgy deals have come before local people and local needs.
You can stop this right now. Vote Labour and help us put you first.
*Labour Stevenage Band D Council Tax = £1904.20
Conservative Welwyn Hatfield Band D Council Tax = £1970.47
Visit our Elections 2021 page to read our pledges across housing, business, the environment, emergency services and supporting our local community in full and see what a Labour council could do for Welwyn Hatfield.
"My biggest campaign is to build more social housing for those of us who have family members that are priced out of the area" Alan Chesterman, Labour Candidate– Borough Council
Labour Candidate – Borough Council
I’ve represented my home ward of Howlands for 17 of the last 22 years. I’ve lived here with my family since 1981 with my children and grandchildren attending local schools. Living in the ward means that I understand the issues that we all face, and I’m always ready to listen.
I’ve campaigned for better facilities and GLL provided new equipment for children and young people in King George V Playing Fields. Working closely with my Labour colleagues and County Councillor we have seen some improvements to parking and roads in the area, but we cannot be complacent as there is still much to be done.
I have constantly voted against the loss of our hospital and campaigned against the proposed closure of the Urgent Care Centre at night. I voted against charging for emptying the brown bins.
Like many of you I live within the Estates Management Scheme and serve on the Appeals panel. All too often residents are penalised for not conforming to some rules that make the scheme inequitable. I will work to ensure that any such scheme encompasses fairness and takes note of the climate change policy that the Council has adopted.
My biggest campaign is to build more social housing for those of us who have family members who will never be able to buy property in the area where they were born and bred. We have too many local people on the housing waiting list who deserve to have a roof over their heads.
"I have lived in the Division with my family for the past 40 years and have experienced local schools, hospitals, doctors, housing etc first hand and experienced where Conservative cuts at all levels have hit many of us." Lynn Chesterman, Labour Candidate – County Council
Labour Candidate – County Council
I’ve represented the Welwyn Garden city South Division at County Hall for the last eight years. This is important to me as I have lived in the Division with my family for the past 40 years and have experienced local schools, hospitals, doctors, housing etc first hand and experienced where Conservative cuts at all levels have hit many of us. Previously the CEO of a small, national charity working with vulnerable families I am determined that services should be more accessible and equitable.
If we haven’t met yet, then I hope that you or your family have benefitted from my highways locality budget that every councillor gets. If your footpath, verges, pathways or roads have been repaired or you have seen SID (Speed Indicator Device) then it was through this funding. It often takes a few years to bring this work to fruition, but the Conservatives at County hall refused to accept the Labour budget to allow us to do more – despite it being properly costed.
Through my locality budget I have supported the Zion Foodbank, mental health, young people, disabled people, older residents and those with drug and alcohol problems by funding services delivered by local charities and supporting local Guide and Brownie packs to enable them to meet together via Zoom during COVID19.
I have helped many of you who have met with problems and attended school appeals panels and other meetings alongside you to make sure that your voice is heard. I am the Labour spokesperson for Public Health, Vice Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and on the Children and Young People’s panel. I hope that you will see that I work hard for all residents in the area. Please support me to serve another four years at County Hall representing you.
"We need a safe, secure Hertfordshire, online, at home, and in our streets. We need to protect our businesses and our countryside too." Philip Ross, Labour Candidate for Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Labour Candidate for Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner
My goal is to ensure that we are all safe online, in our homes, and on the streets. Our key priority is to focus on anti-social behaviour. I am going to appoint a new anti-social behaviour commissioner who will ensure that councils, the police, and other groups such as housing landlords must work together to solve complaints. We will be focusing on county-line drug gangs that target school-age children. We will introduce an intelligence-led policing model so that we can prevent and detect crime and go back to effective community and neighbourhood policing.
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Vote Labour on Thursday 6 May!