March 13, 2017

Elections

Reclaim Your County

Think your money’s safe with the Conservatives in control?

Well, think again – in 2016, our County Council was £21.4 million in the red. The year before, it was £40.5 million, the year before that £16.7 million. Bucks County Council has mismanaged its finances and services for years. Overspending, waste and poor investments have run up debts that future generations will have to pay – while, year after year, vital services are cut.

We won’t play Monopoly with your services

Service levels in education, healthcare, social care and transport have been reduced. Responsibility for supporting schools and the most vulnerable in our communities has been handed to commercial interests that are failing. Meanwhile, Conservative County Councillors are playing with our money, spending £181 million on an Energy from Waste plant at Greatmoor to save just £150 million over a 30-year lifespan. And a £1.7 million ‘investment’ in an equestrian centre in Wing that will take at least 50 years to pay back.

We will protect the vulnerable and invest in their future

Children in Buckinghamshire have been put at risk by “widespread and serious” failings, according to Ofsted. Three years after Bucks County Council Children’s Services were rated "inadequate", a monitoring report this January reported that many service areas are still "not meeting expectations" and some practices continue to be "poor", "inconsistent" and "not effective". Last year, the Care Quality Care Commission judged social care at Seeleys House for adults with learning difficulties to be "inadequate" and "unsafe".

Buckinghamshire on the road to ruin?

Spending on urgently-needed road maintenance is also set to fall by more than 30% to £10 million by 2018. With a repair backlog of around £150 million and new annual damage exceeding £10 million, this means our roads and pavements will never improve. The County’s potholes have become a symbol of what Conservative control of the County Council means for all of us – crumbling infrastructure and failing services.

We believe that some things should not be for sale

By 2031, the population of our county is expected to increase by 12%. The Conservatives’ response? Cut a further £46 million from its service budget and award yet more private contracts without proper scrutiny. We won’t give in to a Conservative government seeking to impose austerity measures on County Councils that hurt us all. We will fight for a new deal for the residents of Buckinghamshire and work to rebuild the things that keep us together.

Local Candidates

Find out more about the people standing in your local area

Graham Gardner
Chesham

Graham has lived in Chesham for 3 and a half years, having lived previously in Slough and Aberystwyth. He works as a school librarian at a secondary school near Oxford, and is also a published author. He spent ten years working at Aberystwyth University researching local government, community action and small town regeneration, with a particular focus on improving relationships between policy makers, local councils and communities. In his spare time he enjoys walking - particularly around Chesham and in north Wales, running, swimming and reading.

Alexander Rhys
Amersham and Chesham Bois

Alex is a cancer researcher based at Queen Mary University of London, specialising in how cancer cells duplicate. Alex has lived in Amersham with his husband Hefin for 3 years, having been brought up in Surrey, and studied biochemistry at the University of Bath. Outside of his work Alex is the national chair of conference and AGM of Amnesty International UK, a position he’s held for 5 years, and is a keen mountaineer and traveller.

Tim Starkey
Chalfont St. Giles

Tim Starkey has lived with his young family in Chalfont St Giles since 2004. He has served as a parish councillor and school governor and often enthusiastically helped with fund raising events for the village school (particularly on the coconut shy). He works as a barrister, specialising in criminal law and stood as Labour's candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley in 2012, campaigning for better support for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Tim co-coordinated the Remain campaign in the Chiltern District which saw a 55% Remain vote with the highest turnout in the UK. He is passionate about continuing the struggle against hard Brexit and for the rights of EU nationals. He is standing for the County Council to help bring an end to over a century of one party rule in Bucks and the mismanagement that has resulted.

North Pyper
Chess Valley

North has just retired from a 30 year career in Payments Systems at Visa Europe. During his time there, he worked in a wide range of roles encompassing IT, Sales, Product Development and Strategy, including a spell based in Stockholm. He has lived in Chesham with his wife and daughterfor 16 years. Originally from Ireland, he studied Modern History at Oxford. He enjoys walking in the Chilterns, five a side football, music and running half marathons.

Ben Davies
Great Missenden

Ben Davies is a former BBC journalist who now works in media relations. He was the Labour candidate in Chesham and Amersham in the 2015 general election. He lives in Great Missenden.

Susan Procter
Little Chalfont and Amersham

Susan qualified as a nurse and worked for a number of years in the NHS before embarking on an academic career in nursing and health sciences. She recently retired from Buckinghamshire New University where she still works part-time teaching, supervising students, writing and undertaking research. She has two adult sons and lives in Amersham with her husband. She enjoys cycling, cooking and travelling.

Julian Darley
Chalfont St. Peter

Julian founded an international energy and environment think-tank based in California. He has an MA in journalism and philosophy and an MSc in social research and the environment. He is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, as well as being a media entrepreneur. He is currently producing a feature film and is developing an online startup. Julian has lived in several countries in Europe as well America and Canada.  

Barbara Hunter
Chiltern Ridges