Jessica Phillips for Eastwood Park

1601120_611664038913337_1732041_n-001Full name Jessica Phillips

Age 28

Occupation Full time Mum. Previously a retail manager.

Where do you live? Bournemouth Park area

Where were you born? Norwich, Norfolk

Have you stood for election before? No.

Why are you Labour?: I’m Labour because I believe that hard-working people should be rewarded but not at the expense of society’s most vulnerable.

Why are you standing? I like living in Southend and really believe that the current Council needs to start looking after the interests of the Boroughs residents. Our High Street is in decline, we have residents having to rely on food banks in order to feed their families, anti-social behaviour in the town centre and a rise in crimes committed by people travelling into the Borough. The Council’s solutions? Palm trees on the sea front…

What are your hobbies? I’m a passionate musician having studied popular music at a music college. I sing mostly but play a few instruments. I love to bake and cook for family and friends. I’m an avid reader, especially Terry Pratchett but I also enjoy the Harry Potter series.

Are you active in the community? I’m involved in the Scout Movement at 10th Southend Scout Group (St Mark’s Own) where I’m helping to run the Beaver Colony.

Anything else you would like people to know about you? My background in retails means that I’m passionate about saving our high streets, especially in Southend. We have too many betting shops, hair dressers and ‘pop up’ shops. The council needs to support local business that can employ local people. We need to make Southend somewhere we can be proud of living.

Email address

Twitter id @LirealP

Mike Royston for westborough

MikeFull name Mike Royston

Occupation Civil Servant (currently in IT) but for most of my civil service career have been a graphic designer.

Where do you live? Westbourne Grove, Westcliff on Sea

Have you stood for election before? Yes, many times.

Why are you Labour? Because I support its values of creating a more caring and fairer society.

Why are you standing? I was a Labour Councillor for 13 years and enjoyed helping people with their Council-related problems and campaigning for better public facilities in the town.

What are your hobbies? One of my main hobbies is Southend Hospital Radio, where I have been a volunteer ward visitor and Request Show presenter for many years. Other hobbies include music, learning foreign languages, cycling and swimming – I still miss the Warriors Pool (for which I fought a long and hard campaign in an attempt to keep it open.)

Are you active in the community? Very much. I am currently campaigning for an improved no29 bus service, and secure public cycle parking facilities in the town centre. I want to see a public pool back in our town centre, and am continuing to push for this. I would like to see a Skills Swapshop created in Westborough ward to enable residents to share skills (for work or leisure) free of charge.

Anything else you would like people to know about you? One of the things I succeeded in doing when I was on the Council was getting the Council to allow concessionary bus users to use their free bus passes from 9.00am (rather than 9.30am).

Contact telephone number 01702 619868

Email address

Twitter @MikeRoystonUK


Blenheim Voice Spring 2014


Sean Jones for Southchurch

Full name Sean Ryan Jones

Age 19 years

Occupation Civil Servant

Where do you live? Southend

Where were you born? Dagenham

Have you stood for election before? This is my first time standing

Why are you Labour? Labour because I care for the most vulnerable in society, detest greed, corruption, vice and indifference. Also because of their administration’s efforts for peace in Northern Ireland against the Conservative and Unionists parties track record there.

What are your hobbies? Rugby, workout/exercise, painting, classical music, drinking, serving Mass at Church.

Anything else you would like people to know about you? I had a speech impediment as a child.

Contact telephone number 07583 234265

Email address

Back Charles Willis in May


Matt Dent for West Shoebury

Matthew S. Dent (1)1. Full name - Matthew Stephen Dent

2. Age - 23

3. Occupation - Editor

4. Where do you live - In the shadow of Southend Civic Centre

5. Where were you born - Warrington, Cheshire

6. Have you stood for election before? Yes, twice in Wargrave in Berkshire.

7. Why are you Labour? Because I believe that as a society we can be happier and more prosperous if we work with each other than against each other; and if the future is to be worth fighting for, it has to be a fair future.

8. Why are you standing? Because the Conservatives have run out of ideas for Southend, and have been presiding over a stagnating town for too long.

9. What are your hobbies? I write short fiction (occasionally good short fiction), and am something of a film buff. I’ve also discovered an interest in history recently, and at the moment a fascination with Viking history.

10. Are you active in the community? Not so much currently, but I have previously been a Cub Scout leader, and a parish councillor.

11. Contact telephone number? 07912 521914

12. Email address -

13. Twitter id - @MatthewSDent

14. Website -

Southend-on-Sea’s Travel Centre – Labour say it is just not good enough

There are long-standing issues with Southend-on-Sea’s Travel Centre.

Cllr Julian Ware-Lane says: “This centre has been beset by problems. The signs are often malfunctioning, and the doors are frequently not working.”

Cllr Anne Jones added: “I am a regular user of the Travel Centre. The toilets are often in an appalling state, and the neglect and squalor do not make it an inviting and appealing experience when visiting. On many occasions I have had to report faults; often the same fault on many occasions.”

“The doors at the northern end have been out of order for a few weeks now.”

With the approaching summer and the promise of many visitors to the town the local Labour Party is hoping that proper long-term repairs to the Travel Centre can be made, rather than the short-term fixes that are evidently preferred by the Conservative Administration.

The building and the toilets are the responsibility of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and it is unfair that staff at other companies (who rent offices and kiosks in the centre) are bearing the brunt of passenger complaints.

It is not acceptable that the Travel Centre’s staff do not have direct dial numbers to Southend-on-Sea Borough Council for basic needs, such as cleaning, and have go through the customer service system.

The doors at one end are currently not in use, and Labour is calling for an immediate and lasting fix for these. Labour is also calling for regular inspections of the toilets, as well as guarantees that the signs will continuously work.

Cllr Ware-Lane, Cheryl Nevin, and Cllr Anne Jones

Cllr Ware-Lane, Cheryl Nevin, and Cllr Anne Jones

Cheryl Nevin for Milton

The Labour candidate for Milton ward has answered a few questions:

Full name
Cheryl Jean Nevin


e-Rostering Administrator in NHS

Where do you live?
Moved to Leigh, Belfairs Ward in 1993

Where were you born?
Born in Liverpool, raised in Rayleigh, moved to Milton Ward 1986.

Have you stood for election before?
Previous Labour candidate in Belfairs Ward

Why are you Labour?
Showed a keen interest in Economics, Government & Politics & Social History at school and college attending Fitzwimarc & SEEVIC. Grew up in a Political family with Christian Socialist influences. Was invited to the House of Commons by the Labour Party Shipping Minister Stanley Clinton-Davis in Jim Callaghan’s Government to see the Merchant Shipping bill go through parliament aged 17, which had been a lifelong campaign of my Father’s, this bill enshrined in law the notion of “Corporate Responsibility” which protects the individual employee against their employers asking them to act in a way which would result in illegal behaviour. Saw my Father use his influence in Parliament to help the Alzheimer’s Disease Society raise it’s profile to attract research funding, in tabling the first Hansard recorded question about this previously unknown disease, after close family members were diagnosed. I have since watched with interest the ripple effect that this question had within the media, medical profession and finally within the Pharmaceutical companies. Joined the Labour Party aged 18 after watching several documentaries about Fascism and Anti-Semetism during the second world war. Joined campaigns for the release of Nelson Mandela. Left my first employment after being told that as a woman I would never be paid the same as a man and felt this was unjust and undervalued my contribution to this company. Found another employer. Became Chair and Secretary of Milton Labour Party in late 1980′s when I successfully ran campaigns to introduce Swings and a Slide in Milton Gardens, introduce residents parking (north of the railway line), campaigned to save the No 6 bus route subsidy which served the hospital from the bottom of Hamlet Court Road. Currently Chair of Labour Party Local Campaign Forum Executive and Vice Chair of the Southend West Constituency Labour Party Executive. Have been active in politics in Southend in all that time.

Why are you standing?
I am a strong voice for Milton who is passionate about injustice and inequality. I believe I can help residents gain more influence for improvements in the ward, whether it be green spaces, housing issues, buses, places for young people to play, education and health inequalities, or speaking up when planning issues impact on their environment.

What are your hobbies?
Music, History, Swimming, Surfing, Sailing, F1 and Tennis.

Are you active in the community?
Active in my local community liaising with council to arrange litter pickers, rubbish bags, gloves and Cory pick up for Burdett Ave residents street clean day, getting trees pruned in Alexandra Road, reporting & getting cleared rubbish and fly tipping, attending neighbourhood police panels to report issues, writing to my local paper about poor pavements. In Belfairs I am active member of my local church, getting involved with projects supporting HARP and Christian Aid.

Contact telephone number
01702 619868

Email address

Twitter id

St.Laurence Voice Spring 2014


An awesome octet

008This marvellous eight are some of the Southend Labour team for next month’s elections.

From left to right
David Carrington (Prittlewell), Mike Royston (Westborough), Gray Sergeant (St Luke’s), Reg Copley (St Laurence), Margaret Borton (Victoria), Jess Phillips (Eastwood Park), Kevin Robinson (Westborough), Ian Pope (Thorpe)

Good luck to them, and to all eighteen in the team this year.


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