* LOCAL AND COMMITTED
As someone who has lived in the heart of our community for eight years, I will be a local voice and community champion, always accessible and ready to listen and work.

* A STRONGER COMMUNITY
I will continue to fight the campaign of the local school closure and make sure we have facilities and access to the land and buildings at the heart of our community

*SAFER ROADS
I will work for more action on speeding, safer road crossings, and better parking facilities for everyone.

Laurie DAVIES

“We need and deserve a local voice for the Top of Town area. As your councillor I will listen to you and work tirelessly to make sure your voice is heard. I live in this area and have done for the last 6 years.”

I am Laurie DAVIES and I am delighted to be your Labour Party candidate for the Stroud District Council elections on the 6 May 2021.

A little about me…

I have lived in the Slade Ward for 8 years now and feel very proud to be part of this community. I grew up in Stroud. I moved away for a period in my 20s and chose to come back to my hometown to bring up my son who is now nearly 7.

I grew up in social housing in Stroud in a single parent family and because of this I feel passionate about the provision of welfare benefits and social housing.

I have been lucky enough to go to University and gain a Batchelors and a Masters degree. I have also had the privilege of working for David Drew as his Senior Caseworker for two years in his most recent time as our MP from 2017 to 2019. I have also worked as a cleaner, barmaid, waitress, NHS admin assistant and youth worker. I’ve been lucky to have a variety of work and met many people and learnt so much from all the jobs I have done. I pour an excellent pint and make a great cappuccino!

Why I am standing to be your local councillor…

I want to be your councillor because I feel passionately that we deserve a local voice for our community and someone that will listen, engage and work had for our community needs, I promise that I will be that person for you.

I have been a town councillor for Slade Ward for 5 years now. When elected I was the youngest member and the only single mother on the council. I feel I bring a unique voice to politics and strive to make sure all parts of our society are heard and benefit from the work I do.

Most recently I have been working on two projects I feel very passionately about. I am a founding member of the ‘Top of Town Community Freezer of Love’. We worked hard to set it up, gaining funding, recruiting volunteers and finding a venue. It has gone from strength to strength and has shown the need for such a service in the area. We plan to build on this and grow and we will look for a more permanent and accessible home where we can incorporate more provisions such as a café and community centre.

I have also had the privilege of working with parents and students of Severn View Academy School since the AET academy announced its intention to close the school. This has been a huge blow to our community and children.

We have collectively fought the closure and made sure children and parents voices are heard against an organisation that seem disinterested in the needs of the community and for many years not invested in the school. We will continue our fight, submitting evidence to government and even if the school closes campaign relentlessly to make sure the facilities remain accessible for the community and work towards a new school and nursery being in the area.

I hope I have demonstrated my commitment to the area and please know the importance of voting by postal vote or at the polling station on the 6 May.

I am here for you and our community.

David DREW

David has previously been a County Councillor and was Councillor for Farmhill and Paganhill between 2011 – 2015. He was for many years also a Town Councillor. David was born in Gloucestershire and has lived in the area for 40 years.

After a degree in economics at Nottingham and a PGCE at Birmingham, he worked as a teacher and as a senior lecturer in education at UWE until his election to Westminster in 1997. He was MP at that time for 13 years and was re-elected in 2017 to serve for the area for a further two and a half years until December 2019. A Labour Party member for over 50 years, David has also been a Co-operative Party representative during that time.

David believed strongly in devoting equal time to the constituency and parliamentary issues and was an assiduous case-worker dealing with thousands of constituents’ issues. He had an enviable record of speaking in parliamentary debates, on issues like anti-poverty, climate change,  community land trusts, planning, debt licensing, and international development.  He played a key role in the Sustainable Communities Bill as well as in the first Climate Change Act. He was long-time Chair of the APPG on Sudan – he visited several times and has acknowledged expertise. During the last Parliament, he was Labour’s Spokesperson on Farming and Rural Affairs. He has a Doctorate which examined Labour’s involvement in the countryside.

A key player in work to regenerate Stroud and Dursley, with a focus on rural issues, he opposed the Javelin Park incinerator and worked with parish councils and community groups to improve local services, retaining sub-post offices, enhancing education, police, and social services. He helped set up local organizations like the Credit Union and local food banks and worked with the community and voluntary organizations as well as local businesses. 

David was for a time Chair of Forest Green Rovers and retains a strong interest in the Club and in particular its community activities. He is a Trustee of Marah, and an adviser to Allsorts and has helped many of Stroud’s charitable and voluntary sector organizations over decades. He was instrumental in the setting up of the Food Bank. He is an active Christian and has worked locally with many Church bodies.

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