Reading Conservatives Announce First Tranche of Candidates
Reading Borough Conservatives have announced the first of their candidates for the 3 May local elections.
The candidates are:
Battle – Imraan Ishtiaq – Imraan (left) has lived in the Reading area nearly all his life and has attended local schools in Battle and Tilehurst. Since finishing as a liaison officer for Thames Valley Police, Imraan has dedicated himself to tackling anti-social behaviour and making Reading a safer place for all its residents. When he stood in Battle ward last year he took up many cases for local residents and has pledged to continue to work for local people.
Caversham – Cllr Dave Luckett – Dave Luckett has been a Caversham ward Councillor since May 2008. Dave lives in the centre of the ward and is a trustee of a local charity. He has a long record of campaigning on local issues, including getting the Council to complete local road repairs and cracking down on boats abusing the moorings along the River Thames. Dave currently works full time as a Software Engineer in Reading. He is currently campaigning for safer roads with more 20mph zones in residential streets.
Church – Cllr Azam Janjua – Azam lives with his wife in the heart of Church ward and has two daughters who live locally with their own families. He was a Reading taxi driver for many years so has a comprehensive understanding of transport issues in the borough and living locally has suffered the problems of the Shinfield Road “enhancement” scheme. Azam’s campaign to find a solution is gaining great support and he supports residents who are demanding that the Council reinstall roundabouts on the Shinfield Road.
Kentwood – Cllr Emma Warman – local resident Emma has been selected to fight the Kentwood seat she first won in 2008. 35 year old Emma works for a life insurance company in London, commuting daily with many other frustrated rail users. Originally from Wales, she has lived in Reading for over 11 years and as well as being a Councillor she is a governor of a local Kentwood primary school.
Mapledurham – Cllr Isobel Ballsdon – Isobel (right) has been selected for Mapledurham Ward following the decision of long-serving Councillor Fred Pugh to retire from the Council. She lives in the ward but has represented neighbouring Thames Ward for the last six years. Isobel has had a variety of roles including the chairmanship of both the Planning Committee and also the Education & Children’s Services Scrutiny Panel. This January she was made Conservative Spokesman for Environment & Housing, as well as the party’s lead on Planning Management. Isobel is Chairman of Governors at The Avenue Special School and is the Council’s representative on the Berkshire Adoption Panel. In addition to these roles, Isobel is on the Mapledurham Playing Fields Management Committee and is part of the Fund Raising Group raising money to pay for a replacement hall.
Minster – Alanzo Seville – Alanzo (left) has stayed committed to changing things for the better in Minster ward. Since first running for election in 2011 he has continued working hard with the local Social Action Group on various projects and the Save the Bath Road Reservoir campaigners in the bid to save Minster’s ecosystem. He is also a governor of Reading’s first Free School. Having spent most of his life in Reading, Alanzo is passionate about providing care and support for vulnerable people and is keen to ensure that the Council is accountable for every decision made.
Peppard – Jane Stanford-Beale – Jane (right) is a very much a Caversham mother who has represented families since moving to Caversham in 1995, both as a parent and then Chair of Governors at New Bridge Nursery School, latterly as the Local Authority Governor. From April 2005 to October 2006 Jane was a Non Executive Director of Reading Primary Care Trust (‘PCT’) where she chaired the Remuneration Committee and oversaw its merger into Berkshire West PCT from November 2006 to March 2007. She also chaired the steering group for the Sure Start Caversham Children’s Centre. Jane runs her own project management and consulting business and lives in Caversham with her husband and 3 sons, aged 19, 17 and 12.
Thames – Ed Hopper – Ed (left) has lived in Reading since 1998 with his wife and two young daughters who both attend school in the town. As a father of a young family Ed is keen to see Reading’s facilities for families improved. Ed works a few miles outside Reading so he knows the pressures of commuting by car on Reading’s roads. Ed and his family are involved with their local church where he serves on the Parochial Church Council.
Tilehurst – Robert Vickers – Robert (right) and his wife Sandra, who became a Councillor for Tilehurst ward in the last local elections, have lived and worked in Reading all their lives, raised four children and have three grandchildren. Robert is passionate about making Reading better for all, and although now semi-retired from his previous job with a local housing association, he was for many years a Trade Union Official and was used to standing up, representing his colleagues and providing sensible solutions to difficult tasks. He is keen to use these skills for the benefit of the people of Tilehurst ward.
Conservative Leader Cllr Tim Harris said, “This is a superb and diverse group of candidates with a Trade Union official, three women, two Asian candidates, and the only black candidate announced by any Reading party so far. It demonstrates that not only are the Conservatives setting the agenda, from our Council Tax freeze to improved community care, but also in terms of diversity. Importantly, these candidates will bring a great deal of new energy and much needed experience from industry to our Council. I look forward to announcing the remaining candidates shortly.”
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