Early candidates revealed for council poll

By Ian Dipple Friday 25 April 2014 Updated: 25/04 08:53

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A DOCTOR, hospital consultant and retained firefighter are among those hoping to win a place on Redditch Borough Council.

The official list of candidates for the election on May 22 is not officially released until next week but the identity of some of those standing has already been revealed and include several new faces.

Among them is Dr Gilly Cooper who has been a GP in Redditch for more than 30 years and is set to try and win the Astwood Bank and Feckenham seat for the Labour party.

The Feckenham resident said her priorities included tackling isolation amongst elderly people as well as ensuring they had enough support.

"I'm working part-time now which gives me an opportunity to do something for the community," she said.

"It's about trying to bring fairness to people who are older or more deprived. Keeping a good health service locally and ensuring it is the best it can be is also really important to me."

The keen cyclist said if elected she would also be tackling Worcestershire County Council about the condition of the town's roads.

Chris Mowatt, a consultant anaesthetist with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and a Redditch resident, is hoping to join his NHS colleague as he fights for the Headless Cross and Oakenshaw seat for Labour.

"I've always been an armchair politician but I wanted to be more active and the driver for me to doing that is what I see as an ideological crusade by the Tory party to dismantle our NHS," he said.

"The people paying for this economic recovery of sorts are the poor, disabled and older poor in our society and that's having effects locally with the undermining of local government budgets. By getting

involved locally I hope to protect frontline services people rely on day to day and bring some equality and fairness to decision-making."

Among those standing for the Conservative party is Matt Dormer, a retained firefighter based at Redditch who also runs Dormer Plant Hire and is hoping to win the Central Ward seat. He said he would be fighting for the retention of the third fire engine at Redditch, as well as supporting small businesses and

entrepreneurs.

"I hope to add some common sense to decision-making," he said.

"It seems to me anything positive that could benefit the town Labour votes against. The town has become stagnant under Labour and needs to go in a different direction. We're currently under a Conservative led

government, having to sort out Labour's past misdemeanours, and if we're going to prosper further we

need a Conservative run council."

For the full list of candidates visit www.redditchstandard.co.uk and see next week's Standard.

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