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 Peartree
Steve Iwasyk – Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Alan 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.


Our Pledges

*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.

Your candidates

"I returned to the NHS during lockdown and I will stand up for health workers and local services at the QE2" Steve Iwasyk, Labour Candidate – Borough Council
Steve Iwasyk, Labour Candidate – Borough Council

Steve Iwasyk
Labour Candidate – Borough Council

I moved to Welwyn Garden City in 1986 when I got married. My wife worked in the QE2 hospital as a ward sister. I joined her some years later, 2002, when I took up a post there too.

Both our daughters, 29 and 31, were born in the hospital and attended WGC schools.

Retiring 3 years ago after 37 years as a Mental Health nurse, I became actively involved with the local Labour Party because I wanted to make positive change to my community. I now have the time to focus on making Welwyn Garden City a better place to live.

Perhaps because of my professional background, I am acutely aware of what we lost when the hospital closed and I am determined to help protect what remains of the QE2.

I still occasionally work, and I am currently helping out giving vaccinations locally.


"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 – Hertfordshire County Council
Alan Chesterman, Labour Candidate – Hertfordshire County Council

Alan Chesterman
Labour Candidate – County 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.


"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
Philip Ross, Labour Candidate for Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Philip Ross
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!


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