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Gloucestershire County Council Elections 2013: South Cerney (Cotswold) candidate profiles

By jrmaidment  |  Posted: April 23, 2013

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Here are the candidates fighting to represent the South Cerney division in the Cotswolds.

Mike Evemy, Liberal Democrat

Mike has lived in Cerney Wick for 10 years. He knows the division well, having stood in Water Park ward together with Esmond Jenkins and Juliet Layton in 2011, missing out by just 12 votes. He’s a very experienced councillor who knows how to get things done for residents. He represented a ward in Swindon between 1992 and 2006, leading the Lib Dem councillors there for 10 years.

Commenting on his selection, Mike said ‘I love living here and would be honoured if my fellow residents choose me to represent them on the County Council. I’d bring my council experience, particularly my knowledge and expertise from nine years’ involvement in education, to serve residents here and across the County. I’ll also continue working with Cllr Esmond Jenkins to expose why our councillors and officers at Shire Hall agreed to the transfer of Keynes Country Park to a private developer.'

Nick Gibbs, Green Party

I have lived in the South Cerney Division most of my life. I run a small business from home, my children are educated at the local school, and I am Chairman of our Village Meeting. I'm sad when I see so much litter on the verges and so much traffic on the roads, and watch the hearts of our towns suffer, and our village pubs decline. I want better use of our limited resources, less waste, and more focus on the local economy and local enterprises, while defending services for those most in need. I'd like to see more local food in our shops, and redundant public buildings and land being used wisely to support local communities. After all, a fairer community is a more sustainable community.

Guy Parfitt, Ukip

I work within the hotel and hospitality trade, and am standing because I believe the British people have the right to decide their own destiny, and not have it dictated by elites and business interests in this country who clearly don’t worry enough about our jobs and borders. I am standing in South Cerney to give people the chance to register their vote for Ukip, and by doing so, send a message to the establishment that we’re not going to be further manipulated. Many of us are concerned about this country’s loss of sovereignty, and the dilution of our democracy, by having our laws decided by those who are following the blueprint of the European Project, and deconstruction of the nation state. They have no right, and no mandate to do so.

If elected I will inject some energy into the role, set-up a flood defence team, endeavour to look after our roads and the appearance of the ward. I would also endeavour to help create jobs for people by encouraging firms to invest in our area. I believe local referendums could be set up to settle issues of contention. Lastly, one of my great-grandfathers lived in South Cerney, and I have an interest in its past as well as its future.

Shaun Parsons, Conservative

Shaun Parsons has lived within 6 miles of Cirencester since 1947, having been brought up in Ampney Crucis. He is married, with 3 grown up children. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has worked in industry, financial services, retail banking and tourism.

A county councillor since 1997, he is a lead member of the Budget and Performance Overview Committee, a trustee of the £1.3b county Pension Fund and chairman of the recently reformed Cotswolds Road Safety Committee. He is also Chairman of the Trustees of the National Star College for students with complex disabilities at Ullenwood and a Governor of Rendcomb College.

Shaun served as an officer with the Royal Wessex Yeomanry for many years in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Cirencester.

Shaun works hard for residents in the south Cotswolds. He has taken up many issues on their behalf and is always available to assist them.

Jon Eastbrook, Labour Party: Photograph and profile not submitted.

Sandy Steel, independent: The Echo was unable to contact this candidate

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