Council Candidates 2014

On Thursday May 22nd Southampton will decide who represents them on the city council. Here are Labour's brilliant candidates from across the city. 

Bargate Bassett Bevois Bitterne
Bitterne Park Coxford Freemantle Harefield
Millbrook Peartree Portswood Redbridge
Shirley Sholing Swaythling Woolston

If you're not sure what ward you're in you can check here 


Bargate: Sarah Bogle

Sarah_Bogle.jpg It's been a privilege to be your councillor since 2008. I've enjoyed working with people and businesses in the area, fighting for local interests as well at the city's.

I'm excited about what we can achieve with a Labour council to really change the life chances of  people in Southampton. There are good signs in the school system and areas like falling crime. But  there is still a lot to do and I would like to be a part of that

With your support, I'll continue to work with you to give Bargate a strong voice in the city. You can  contact me on

Bassett: Andrew Godsell 


I’m a family man, going through the same tough economic times as other people in Southampton. I was born in an NHS hospital, and went to a comprehensive school.

Local services matter to people. We need to protect them, from keeping Sure Start centres open to improving repairs to residential roads and pavements.

I worked for many years at Southampton City Council. I know how the council works, and I know that I can use my experience to give local people in Bassett a strong voice in the city 

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Bevois: Derek Burke 


I’ve lived and worked in Southampton all my life and I’ve served on the council for over 20yrs - most of that time in the inner city.

This is a great place to work and live and it’s a privilege to work with local communities, helping to achieve things.

I promise to go on working with all groups to help to make this an even better place to be. Despite the Tory government’s efforts we’re still moving Southampton forward! 

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Bitterne: Simon Letts 


It’s been a privilege to serve as one of your councillors for the last eight years.

I’ve met, helped and worked with some amazing people who do the best for this community despite the tough times we are in.

As the leader of the Council, my priorities are to create jobs and opportunities for Southampton people and to ensure the city is a place that people are proud to live in. My local priorities include improving the quality of the roads, delivering cheaper energy bills for council tenants and supporting local schools and the police in the work they do. 

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Bitterne Park: Trevor Cooper


Social justice has always been very important to me. My experience in education and my legal work give me a good insight into the problems people face.

I sense that many people in Bitterne Park feel the same as I do. We are in difficult times, but there are still choices we can make.

Together we can make the difference to improve local conditions and to ensure a fair living for all. 

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Coxford: Brian Norgate 


I have a proven record over ten years of working for the residents of Coxford and I will be a strong voice, fighting for the local community. I’m glad to have been re-elected as a member of the Lordshill Community Centre where I’ve met many of you.

I’ve helped local people to resolve issues in work, health and family life. I’ve been a charity fund raiser for youth groups in Coxford, working with Alan Whitehead and Councillor Sally Spicer.

Together we can make Coxford a safer, healthier and even better place to live. 

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Freemantle: Pat Usher 


I live in Freemantle, and I hope you’ll elect me as your local councillor so we can work together to:

Give local people more say on planning issues to build safe, healthy and sociable neighbourhoods for people of all ages

Achieve a good balance between family housing and flats

Improve the co-ordination of bus routes, parking schemes, traffic calming and one-way systems so that traffic is managed better. 

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Harefield: Mohamed Mohamud 


I work for a local charity, which has given me good experience of working with local communities, as well as the police, the city council, NHS and fire service.

Being a councillor would give me the opportunity to serve a lot more people. I will always stand up for the people I represent and I will give 100% commitment, as I always do to anything I really believe in.

There are many issues to be tackled: potholes, speeding, parking, bus services. Together with local residents there’s we can we can do for Harefield.

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Millbrook: Dave Furnell and Mike Denness 


Dave: I’ve been your Labour councillor in Millbrook for the last four years. I’ve helped many people with local problems and I’ve campaigned tirelessly to improve Millbrook.

I’m proud of what I’ve achieved since being elected, and I want to continue my good work – there’s a great deal yet to achieve. 

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Mike: This year you have 2 votes at the council elections in May. I hope you’ll give me one of those votes so I can join councillors Dave Furnell and Asa Thorpe working hard for the area where I live. 

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Peartree: Paul Lewzey


It’s been a privilege to be your Councillor. I’ve met many local people already and I’m keen to meet more, from young people and families, through to pensioners.

Let me know your views on roads, green spaces, the environment, young people’s facilities and whatever else matters to you.

I will continue working on co- operation for good local services between the Council, NHS and other organisations - tell me how we can work together. 

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Portswood: Lucas Szlek

Lucas_Szlek.jpgI live in Southampton with my wife and 2-year-old son and I work for the NHS as a health care assistant.

I’ve met many of you in recent months. I’ve campaigned for better housing regulation, more community safety and support, and better- maintained local roads.

It’s been a long time since Portswood has had a Labour Councillor but I believe it is achievable – we were only 200 votes away at the last election!

Vote Labour for a local councilor who will give you a strong voice in Southampton.

You can contact me on 

Redbridge: Cathie McEwing


I’ve lived in Southampton for over 40 yrs, 39 of them in Redbridge. I have 3 adult children, all brought up and schooled in Redbridge.

I became involved in politics through my Trade Union in 1988, progressing from leafleter to local councillor. I work hard for my community, helping them deal with the many challenges Redbridge Ward has to cope with.

I promise to work hard for local people who don’t have a voice as well as representing those who are able to voice their opinions. Thanks for reading and I hope you will support me.

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Shirley: Hannah Coombs


I’ve lived in Southampton all my life. I know Shirley well, as I studied at Richard Taunton College and have been working closely with Councillors Satvir Kaur and Mark Chaloner for a number of years.

I’ve campaigned for improved heating and insulation on the Shirley Estate, road and pavement resurfacing, bus services, regular police patrols and action to tackle speeding. Shirley has some of the most politically active residents in the whole city.

If you elect me, I will work hard to make sure your voice is heard. 

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Sholing: Phil Wood


Over recent months I’ve enjoyed talking to people across Sholing and I’m pleased that the issues raised with me are included in Labour's pledges for this election.

Road Safety around routes to schools and colleges, properly maintained playgrounds, level pavements and properly surfaced roads are all high on the list.

A Labour Council will continue to work for decent jobs with fair wages to help meet the increases in living costs. 

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Swaythling: Frances Murphy

Frances_Murphy.jpgI’ve lived all my life in Southampton and brought up my family here. I’ve worked with many of you in Swaythling over the years as your tenant rep and as vice- chair of the pensioners’ forum.

I learnt a great deal as a local business manager, chair of a local action group, and charity worker, but I’ve learnt more from the hundreds of you I’ve met on the doorstep in recent months.

You’ve told me what matters to you, from fair council house waiting lists to better- kept local roads and pavements.I hope you’ll give me the chance to speak up for you as your local councillor.

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Woolston: Caran Chamblerlain 


Over recent months I've enjoyed talking to residents in Woolston and Weston, I'm pleased that many of the issues raised with me are included in Labour's pledges for the local election.

Road safety, parking, properly maintained roads and pavements are important. So too are well kept play areas and the preservation of our local Sure Start centres.

These issues matter to you, as does the need for good schools and housing and for decent jobs and fair wages. If elected these are the priorities I will focus on.

 You can contact me on 



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