I was born and brought up in Wirral, Cheshire but moved to Sheffield to attend what was then Sheffield Polytechnic. Following completion of my course, I worked for ten years in the private sector working in small and large businesses in marketing and publicity.After this I decided to re-train and teach business related subjects in Further Education. In my 30-year career in Further Education I progressed through from lecturing, course leadership, Head of Department, Curriculum Management and finally Assistant Principal - a role I held for four years before retirement. Retirement has provided me with the opportunity to develop my interests further - mainly property development and interior design, however, I’m also keen to get involved with working for local communities and council work provides an excellent opportunity for me to do this.
My name is Lizzie Finney and I am standing in Beauchief and Greenhill Ward. After growing up in Scotland, I lived in Sheffield for more than ten years and attended Norton College and Meadowhead School for A-Levels. I studied French and German at Nottingham University, spending a year abroad in France and Germany. Since graduating, I have completed an internship with Lee Rowley MP in his constituency office and in Westminster. I worked as a Campaign Assistant for North East Derbyshire Conservatives leading up to the 2019 General Election. I currently work for Lee Rowley MP as a Caseworker. In October 2020 I started an MA in International Political Economy at the University of Sheffield. I’m very excited and privileged to stand as a candidate for Sheffield City Council. I look forward to many conversations with local residents as the months progress.”
I’ve lived in Ecclesfield for all of my life except for a few years when I studied Journalism at the University of Lincoln. I am passionate about improving my local area and run the local Facebook community group which now has over 10,000 members! I was the campaign manager for Alexander Stafford in his successful attempt to win Rother Valley in 2019 and have worked in security for local venues. I currently work in healthcare administration. If I am to be elected, I will be working hard to improve the public transport links in Ecclesfield so more people can use our buses and trains. I will also fight to protect the greenbelt which gives Ecclesfield and Chapeltown their unique characters. Our countryside which has been a lifesaver for local residents’ mental health during the lockdown must be protected for the generations that come after us.
Claire Lord is a 36 year old, single mum of two daughters, from South Sheffield. Claire has been an NHS midwife for 9 years. Claire is standing in Richmond Ward in the local election this year. Claire is particularly interested in protecting funding for facilities and support for families. This includes breast feeding support, libraries and housing.
My name is Dean O'Brien, and I'm 39 years old, and I have lived and worked in Sheffield all my life. I've worked in IT Technical Support for the last five years based in Sheffield city centre. I'm standing for the Council as I believe the Labour Party has failed Sheffield and it's residents in many areas from managing our social housing, wasteful spending and the regeneration of our city centre. If elected, I would work to tackle anti-social behaviour, fight for more social housing and improve local transport. I would be an honour and privilege to represent the people of Richmond Ward.
My name is Khalil Richard and I am standing for the local election for the Conservative Party in Burngreave Ward. I have been active in politics since the age of 16. During my first year at The Sheffield College I was appointed as the Disability Officer for the Students Union. In my second year I was elected as the Student Union Officer for the Hillsborough Campus. On leaving the College in 2017 I represented young people in care in the Yorkshire and Humber British Council Youth Parliament. Following this I was elected to represent children in care and care leavers in the Sheffield Youth Parliament Cabinet for which I am in my second term ending in May 2021. If elected I will work to ensure that Council Tax is kept low, waste is reduced and money is directed towards improved services for the community. I am particularly concerned that we work to develop local transport and improve access to the the city centre in Sheffield.
Councillor Candidate for Stocksbridge and Upper Don Ward
I work as a legal apprentice for a law firm in Sheffield City Centre and Chair Sheffield Young Conservatives, which I set up. I have volunteered at my local library and charity shop and am an FA Qualified Football Coach. I have been a member of the Conservatives since I was 16. As someone who lives, works and commutes regularly within Sheffield, I have seen both the challenges which our city faces and the opportunities. I want to become a Councillor in Stocksbridge and Upper Don to deliver for local people, which includes helping to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, improving connectivity and investing in our High Streets. I also believe Sheffield needs an alternative voice that is willing to properly scrutinise decisions made by the Council.
Shirley Clayton, a life-long Conservative, has lived in the Beighton area for over 30 years and during that time she has served as Secretary and then Chairman for Sheffield Attercliffe Conservative Association (now known as Sheffield South East Constituency), she served as Chairman of Sheffield Conservative Federation as well as Chairman for the Yorkshire Regional Women’s Organisation and is currently their Secretary. She also served as Secretary, from its inception, to the Sheffield European Conservative Association until it was disbanded and became a Regional Constituency. Currently she is Membership Secretary to the National Conservative Disability Group.
Locally, Shirley enjoyed her time as a School Governor for a number of years at Beighton Nursery and Infants school and in recent years is an active member of the Owlthorpe Community Forum – its members help with regular litter picks, reporting on incidents regarding anti-social behaviour, abandoned vehicles and fly-tipping. The Group also initiates the planting of flowers and trees in the area together with the planting and upkeep of the various large planters situated within the Owlthorpe boundary.
Shirley is passionate about the environment and values the Beighton area for its diversity with green spaces and the areas which residents can enjoy for recreation and leisure and is active in trying to preserve such spaces to stop the area becoming a ‘concrete jungle'.
We cannot and must not allow Sheffield Council to build on every ‘green space’ available, not just in our area but throughout the City and we need to hold on to all our mature trees they are our life blood not just for now but for future generations. The Council signed up in 2019 recognising the ‘Climate Emergency’ and it is up to us all to ensure those commitments are upheld by pressing the Council to use empty properties, unused office accommodation and brown field sites to provide the necessary, affordable, homes for people and not to use virgin land and semi woodland areas, like Owlthorpe Fields, for development.
Shirley has stood for Council Elections locally for many years because she feels Sheffield Council has let down the residents through bad planning, traffic management and the unnecessary and costly traffic calming measures adopted, lack of road and pavement maintenance, short-sighted housing schemes (many of which built in the last 60 years have now been demolished!) ….. the list goes on.
These are some of the reasons why Shirley wishes to represent the residents of Beighton in May 2021.
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