* TACKLING THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
I will encourage youth enterprises, and help tackle the growing mental health crisis amongst young people to promote mutual respect, acceptance, and social equality.
* CHALLENGING HOMELESSNESS
I will tackle homelessness on the street and target help where it is needed and show how a Labour-led council can meet real housing needs.
* FIGHTING FOR SUSTAINABILITY
I will seek to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 through a realistic and manageable local initiative in environmental conservation and recycling
Sebastian Parkinson is a local business owner, with two busy shops in Stroud, Atlantic Games & Pet Fayre. He is a proud father of one and has lived in Stroud since 2004.
Seb took his apprenticeship in animal conservation, studied animal care at Hartpury college – going on to study person-focused & CBT counselling.
“I believe in social equality; I have run clubs in various locations including at the Dursley GL11 project and within my own businesses. We promote social acceptance regardless of sex, age, race or religion”
“Standing as a district councillor is the next natural step for me as it will allow me to continue to support local constituent members in their day to day lives and work towards a greener and more sustainable future for us all. You could say it’s a passion!”
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.