Paul has lived and worked in Canterbury for six years and fell in love with the city and its surrounding countryside after first arriving as a student at the University of Kent. A former journalist, Paul is used to asking awkward questions of those in power. He’ll hold the Conservatives to account at County Hall, where decisions are being taken with too little regard for the impact on the lives of people in Canterbury. And, as Kent emerges from the pandemic, a crisis that showed just how much we need the time to care for everyone, we need our councillors to support the rebuilding of our economy. The voices of local people will be crucial in that.

 

While this election is about issues Kent County Council is responsible for – education, transport, social care, and the economy – Paul is concerned about the Government’s recent policy to relax planning laws. This was supported by Tories at Canterbury City Council – stripping Parish Councils in Blean Forest, Chartham and Stone Street, Chestfield, Rough Common and Tyler Hill of their right to automatically review planning decisions affecting the villages.

 

Paul now works for the railway and is particularly passionate about the role excellent and accessible public transport can play in a greener, more sustainable county, as well as better provision for walking and cycling – so that people living in the villages have real choice about how they get around. He also supports a properly funded youth service for our young people – and the best possible schools regardless of a child’s background.


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Dan has lived in Whitstable for 10 years, previously living in Herne Bay for 20 years  and as a result feels an affinity for both towns. Dan has been a railway worker for 16 years and is an  active trade union member. His hobbies include socializing at his local Labour Club and building model railways.
 
Previously Dan has been involved in several local campaigns to save local services, including the youth centre, job centre and the post office. He worked hard on the election campaigns of 2017 and 2019 for Canterbury’s MP Rosie Duffield. 
 
If elected Dan intends to work hard to hold the KCC executive to account. Dan has a special interest in education. Having attended 4 different high schools across the county including a secondary modern, a comprehensive and a grammar  Dan believes the Kent system of selection at 11 is deeply flawed and needs to change.

 

Naomi is passionate about supporting her community not just with words, but with actions.

At the start of the pandemic last March, she saw first hand how the Tory government was failing those looking after our sick and elderly and personally made 100 masks that were distributed to local care home workers. As a volunteer, Naomi delivers meals for AgeUK and has seen close up the isolation and loneliness that blights so many of the older people in our community. As a councillor she will campaign for care workers to be allowed a minimum of 30 minutes for home visits as well as insisting that they are paid at least a living wage.

Before settling in Seasalter, where she enjoys sea swimming, bird watching and dog walking, Naomi had a 25-year career designing and building playgrounds across the UK and contributed to the Mayor of London’s  Play Policy.

Her work with young people has made her dedicated to an education system that meets each child’s individual needs. As a KCC councillor, Naomi will campaign relentlessly to ensure that no child is left behind – she has seen personally how not getting the best solutions for each child can fail them for a lifetime.


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