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Your local Liberal Democrat councillors and candidates are listed by ward below.

We have 14 amazing candidates standing for election in the Telford and Wrekin Borough Council elections on May 2nd! Three of these are existing Borough Councillors standing for re-election. Many are existing Parish and Town Councillors with a wealth of experience in local government.

Learn more about them here.

Make contact with them if you have any questions, want to raise a local concern or wish to get more involved and offer them your support.

They would love to hear from you!

Josh Tomlinson - Admaston and Bratton candidate

Josh Tomlinson

Admaston and Bratton Ward

I have lived in the locality all my life. I am currently studying for a degree in Mechanical engineering at the University of Wolverhampton at the Priorslee campus. As a local resident I am in a good position to see what is required. I want to achieve the following:

  • Keep residents informed regarding the proposed medical centre in Brandon Avenue, and express their concerns to the council.
  • Speeding: some areas need addressing - vehicle activated speed signs could be positioned wherever appropriate.
  • Roads and footpaths: potholes can cause damage to our cars and footpaths a trip hazard. I will chase the council until these are repaired.
  • Campaigning to retain full services at the PRH.
  • Campaign to improve road infrastructure, in particular with regard to the increased traffic that will come from development of the old sugar beet factory site.
  • Policing - none of the new officers promised will be stationed in Telford & Wrekin in spite of rising council tax. I will fight for more visible police in our area.

I believe a councillor must engage with residents. I will be responsive to your concerns and act on them. In addition, I will produce a regular newsletter for residents keeping you informed with progress on issues affecting our community. Contact Josh at JoshTomlinson@telfordwrekinlibdems.org.uk

Councillor Karen Blundell, Apley Castle

Councillor Karen Blundell

Apley Castle Ward

I have been privileged to be the borough councillor for Apley Castle ward for the last sixteen years. I've consistently listened to concerns of local residents and have consulted them before taking decisions on their behalf. I keep them in touch with my regular Focus newsletters.

My key local policies:

  • To fight for the retention of the Women's & Children's unit and the 24 hour Accident & Emergency at the PRH. I have spoken out at meetings and attended rallies in support of our hospital.
  • I will secure further improvements to our local infrastructure, including our roads and schools.
  • I have alerted residents to a number of planning applications and together we have successfully fought off an abattoir and a toilet roll factory and I will always campaign against inappropriate planning applications.
  • I have worked together with local groups and helped secure a large meadow as part of Apley woods wildlife site; I will endeavour to defend our green spaces.
  • Liaise with the police force to keep crime in Apley Castle continually low
  • Committed to protect our most vulnerable

If re-elected, I will continue to engage with residents and work hard for our community.

Contact Karen at KarenBlundell@TelfordWrekinLibDems.org.uk

Councillor Shana Roberts, Brookside

Councillor Shana Roberts

Brookside Ward

I believe in the Liberal Democrats guiding ethos that 'no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity'. As a representative of Brookside, it is important to me that all residents have access to the same opportunities as everyone else in the borough such as, good schools, a safe, clean and green environment, accessible and affordable public transportation and reliable local services and amenities.

My three priorities for Brookside are:

  1. Community Pride and Public Safety
  • Working with local policing teams to understand issues and what the community can do to better support them
  • CCTV in known criminal hotspots
  • Provisions for young people in school holidays
  • Working together to repurpose neglected green spaces
  1. Roads and Transportation
  • Replace existing speed reduction measures on Brookside Avenue with appropriate and robust long term alternatives
  • Review of current bus routes in consultation with residents
  • Creation of designated pedestrian crossings in response to losing underpasses
  1. Supporting Small Businesses and Encouraging Social Enterprise
  • Using the skills, knowledge and expertise of residents for the betterment of our community
  • Supporting local businesses
  • Encouraging resident led groups and clubs to tackle social isolation and invest back in our people

Contact Shana at ShanaRoberts@TelfordWrekinLibDems.org.uk Or on Facebook here

David Ellams, candidate for Church Aston and Lilleshall

David Ellams

Church Aston and Lilleshall Ward

Our borough is unfortunately dominated by Telford. It often feels like the Council administration only thinks about Telford and that we get a raw deal. If elected, I will be a strong voice for Church Aston, Lilleshall, Chetwynd Aston and the surrounding hamlets.

Among the local issues I feel need addressing are:

  • The state of our roads - potholes can cause damage to our cars. I will chase the council until these are repaired.
  • Speeding - some areas need lower speed limits, whilst in others not enough is done to make motorists follow them. I will push for light-up speed indicators wherever they are needed.
  • Policing - none of the new officers promised to West Mercia will be stationed in our borough in spite of our council tax rising to pay for them. I will fight for more visible police in our area.

I believe a councillor must engage with residents. I will be responsive to your concerns and act on them.

In addition, I will produce a regular newsletter for residents keeping you up-to-date with progress on issues affecting our community. If, like me, you demand better for Church Aston & Lilleshall, vote for David Ellams on 2nd May.

Contact David at DavidEllams@TelfordWrekinLibDems.org.uk

Councillor Karen Tomlinson, Dothill

Councillor Karen Tomlinson

Dothill Ward

It's been a privilege being the Borough Councillor of Dothill for the last 19 years and a Wellington Town Councillor for 16 years. I believe a councillor must always engage with residents, and I have done this by producing regular newsletters and engaging on social media.

My Key Priorities:

  • I have alerted residents to a number of planning applications; I have requested the council to revoke the planning permission for a public house opposite Dothill Primary School.
  • I will continue to secure further improvements to our local infrastructure, particularly our roads.
  • Speeding: some areas need addressing - vehicle activated speed signs could be positioned wherever appropriate.
  • Policing: none of the new officers promised will be stationed in Telford & Wrekin, in spite of our council tax rising to pay for them. I will fight for more visible police in our area to keep crime in Dothill continually low.
  • I am campaigning to retain full services at the PRH.

I work closely with the friends of Dothill Local Nature Reserve and am thankful to all those residents who volunteer to improve the quality of life for their community. If re-elected, I will continue to work hard for the residents of Dothill.

Contact Karen at KarenTomlinson@TelfordWrekinLibDems.org.uk Or on Facebook here

Mark Wiggin, Edgmond and Ercall Magna candidate

Mark Wiggin

Edgmond and Ercall Magna Ward

Married to Sally, Mark Wiggin is employed as a Support Worker for Young Adults with Learning Disabilities in Shrewsbury, assisting those with Special Needs to participate fully in the community.

He is a retired Police Officer, having served over twenty-one years with South Staffordshire Police, much of this time as a Family Liaison Officer.

Before joining the Police, Mark was a councillor on Newport Town Council, and became Deputy Mayor before starting his career as a Police officer.

Prior to that, Mark was a self-employed dairy farmer on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border

Mark has been a school governor at Adams' Grammar School, and also Newport Junior School, where he became Chair of Governors. He is a Trustee of Newport's community hall, Cosy Hall.

Mark has a great deal of experience in providing assistance and advice to vulnerable people. And he understands and appreciates the stresses and difficulties often faced by people and their communities who live in rural areas.

If elected, Mark will press for Telford & Wrekin Borough Council to ensure that those living away from urban centres can be sure that rural areas are properly Policed, and that they have full access to all the services provided by the Borough such as Education and Social Services.

Contact Mark at MarkWiggin@TelfordWrekinLibDems.org.uk

Sally Wiggin, Edgmond and Ercall Magna Candidate

Sally Wiggin

Edgmond and Ercall Magna Ward

I am a retired primary school teacher. I was a Wrekin District Councillor representing Newport East for ten years as well as being a teacher employed by Shropshire County Council. However I had to stand down when Telford and Wrekin became a unitary authority. Telford and Wrekin took over responsibility for education, and became my employer; therefore I was not eligible to stand as a Borough Councillor.

So, instead, I stood for Newport Town Council where I was a Councillor for some years and served a year as Mayor of Newport. It was a privilege to represent my community.

I continue to volunteer in the community with local groups and charities both as a trustee and as a 'hands on' helper. I am delighted to be standing as a candidate for the Liberal Democrats and if elected will do my best to work hard for the people of Edgmond and Ercall Magna.

Liberal Democrats believe we have to invest in Telford and Wrekin to improve local services and make it a better place to live for all. We are proud of our voting record to support the economic growth of our borough. We will continue to work cross-party to ensure pragmatic and sensible decisions are made, that put residents first and not party politics, to take our borough forward.

Contact Sally at sallywiggin@TelfordWrekinLibDems.org.uk

Nicholas Garvey, Newport North and West Candidate

Nicholas Garvey

Newport North & West Ward

I live in Newport with Joanna and our young family. Quite simply, I would like to make Newport an even better place to live.

What I stand for:

A strong local economy: We are very lucky to have such a range of excellent independent shops in Newport. I will promote Newport's fantastic high street and locally sourced produce.

Improved Disabled Access: Much of Newport's high street has poor access for users of wheelchairs and mobility scooters, compared to other historical centres like Wellington. I will promote improved accessibility in shops and other services for people with disabilities of all types. I will also campaign relentlessly for installation of drop kerbs wherever they are needed.

Safety and security: I set up Newport Neighbourhood Watch because I felt we could all work together to improve the safety and security of our town. I will also campaign hard for Newport to get its fair share of police officers.

I believe politics should be straightforward, honest and civilised. If you demand better for Newport, please vote for me in the North and West ward on 2nd May (and in the North ward for the town council).

Contact Nicholas at NicholasGarvey@TelfordWrekinLibDems.org.uk

Councillor Thomas Janke

Councillor Thomas Janke

Newport South & East Ward

Newport gets a raw deal. Not enough police. Not enough parking. A&E closure. It is time to demand better. I want to give our town a strong voice. I live in Newport. I see the issues for myself as I go about getting the kids to school, getting to work, and popping into town.

My service in Iraq taught me that actions speak louder than words. Since becoming a town councillor two years ago, I have listened to residents' concerns and acted on them. Potholes filled. New streetlights. New drop kerbs. Small things, often ignored, but they make a big difference to people living in those streets.

My three priorities are driven by conversations with residents over the past two years:

  • Parking - action to free up town centre spaces (whilst always remaining free of charge)
  • A&E - continue to fight against the closures of Princess Royal's A&E and Women and Children's Unit.
  • Police - fight for Newport's fair share of police on the ground.

This isn't just a job for me - it's a passion. I love our town and I won't see it sold short. Please vote for me on 2nd May if you, too, demand better for Newport.

Contact Thomas at ThomasJanke@TelfordWrekinLibDems.org.uk Or on Facebook here

Sarah Syrda, Newport South and East candidate

Sarah Syrda

Newport South & East Ward

Hi, I'm Sarah, I live in Newport with my husband, Paul, and his two young children, who go to school in our town. I think waking up in Newport every morning, and having exactly the same issues as those I seek to represent is really important.

My priorities for Newport are:

  • Police - we simply don't see enough officers in Newport, and none of the new West Mercia officers will be stationed here. It is excellent that the town council helps to fund a PSCO and I support this continuing. But we are also campaigning for Newport to get more of the officers we already fund through our council tax.
  • Parking - you just can't find a space! It must stay free of charge, but we need action to free up spaces for shoppers.
  • Our hospital - we won't give up the fight against the closure of the A&E and Women and Children's Centre at Princess Royal.

If you demand better for Newport, please vote for me in the South and East ward on 2nd May (and in the East ward for the town council).

Contact Sarah at SarahSyrda@TelfordWrekinLibDems.org.uk

Pat Fairclough, Park Candidate

Councillor Pat Fairclough

Park Ward

As a Liberal Democrat town councillor for Wellington, I have felt it necessary to attend and campaign on behalf of the

Princess Royal Hospital during this year's Future Fit Consultation. Telford is one of the fastest growing towns in the West Midlands if not the whole of the U.K. and to have its A and E department under threat of closure is quite unacceptable.

If the A and E department goes then so does the Maternity and Children's Ward, a very new and welcome addition to the hospital. The demographic profile of Telford surely obviates against this proposed closure.

Working with the community groups in Wellington has been most rewarding. The Arts Festival that grew out of the Literary Festival brings a twice yearly programme of events organised by the committee of the Town Council. I look forward to further developments now that the Orbit Arts Centre is being built in the centre of the town. It has been supported by the community, the Town Council and Telford and Wrekin Council. This will be an important addition to the regeneration of Wellington Town Centre. Please vote for me for Park Ward and in Shawbirch on Wellington Town Council on 2nd May.

Contact Pat at Patfairclough@TelfordWrekinLibDems.org.uk

Councillor Bill Tomlinson, Shawbirch candidate

Bill Tomlinson

Shawbirch Ward

I am privileged to have been the Borough Councillor of Shawbirch for twenty-two years and I am the current Group Leader on Telford and Wrekin Council. As a resident of the ward I am in a good position to see what is required.

My key objectives are:

  • Campaigning to retain full services at the Princess Royal Hospital; I have spoken at rallies in support of our hospital.
  • Alert residents to local planning applications; together we successfully fought off a toilet roll factory.
  • Liaise closely with the police in our area to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
  • Continue to secure improvements to Shawbirch.
  • Stop Government cuts to both the police and local authorities; help to protect the most vulnerable, particularly the elderly.
  • Update residents on relocation of Medical Centre.
  • Keep Council Tax low.

I believe police need more resources, but this should not fall upon local residents and increased council tax.

In Shawbirch we are blessed to have the Dothill local nature reserve and surrounding green spaces, I will fight to preserve these. I am thankful to all those residents who volunteer to improve the quality of life in our area. I will endeavour to keep the local community informed through my regular newsletters.

Contact Bill at BillTomlinson@TelfordWrekinLibDems.org.uk

Paul Bryant, The Nedge candidate

Paul Bryant

The Nedge Ward

I am a Randlay resident and local business owner. I am passionate about Telford and my neighbourhood of Randlay, Stirchley and Hollinswood. I Started Games Lore (online retail) in 2001 a growing business focussed on the UK and EU with a unit in Halesfield employing local people. I pay our lowest paid staff according to Living Wage Foundation guidelines and would encourage other employers to do the same. I live with my partner who has 3 adult children.

  1. My key pledges are to Save our A and E and Women and Childrens Unit. It's vital our community does not have this ripped away from us.
  2. To give the Nedge an alternative voice to councillors who have taken their electorate for granted here. I will send regular newsletter and work with residents to get the best for our ward.
  3. Support small business and local entrepreneurs by encouraging start ups and campaigning for ethical business practices such as paying the living wage to the lowest earners.

Contact Paul at PaulBryant@TelfordWrekinLibDems.org.uk

Greg Spruce, Candidate for Woodside

Greg Spruce

Woodside Ward

Woodside has suffered for too long. Not enough police. Fly tipping and littering out of control. A&E closure. It is time to demand better. I want to give Woodside a strong voice. I live in Woodside, I see the issues for myself as I go about getting the kids to school, taking my spaniel Ginny for walks or popping to the OneStop.

I work as a department manager and teacher in a large college. I see for myself the potential in young people and how these opportunities are being taken away from them by inactive politicians.

My three priorities are driven by conversations with residents over the past two years:

I want to speak for those who feel disaffected and under represented.

I love Woodside and I won't see it left behind. Please vote for me on 2nd May if you, too, demand better for Woodside.

Contact Greg at GregSpruce@TelfordWrekinLibDems.org.uk Or on Facebook here

In addition we have the following additonal parish and town candiates:

Martyn Jobe - Lawley and Overdale Parish Council ( Lawley Ward)
Stephen De Launey - Wellington Town Council (Shawbirch Ward)