We’re proud to announce Labour’s candidates for Forest in the local elections taking place on 2nd May. Take a look at what our candidates stand for and please contact us if you have any issues or concerns in the area, here.

Labour candidates in Forest
Labour candidates in Forest

Carol Hayton: I moved to Horsham Surrey over 12 years ago and now live in Clarence Road. I have worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.  I currently work in the company pensions administration department of an international corporate advisory company, based in Redhill.  I have gained a wide range of professional skills and expertise that I can contribute to the role of councillor.  In my spare time I have worked voluntarily with the Citizens Advice Bureau in Horsham and Crawley and currently volunteer with Horsham in Bloom. I am active housing campaigner and have played a leading role in Horsham Labour Party’s campaigns to ensure that Horsham Council delivers the affordable homes that will enable every member of our community to have a decent, affordable home, appropriate to their needs. 

I have learned through my professional and voluntary experience just how important our public services are to our communities. I am aware of the problems that arise when services do not receive the investment they need. In Horsham the signs of under-investment are increasingly clear. In the face of this decline the council should be looking at ways it can use tax payers’ money to restore a decent quality of life in our town for all residents. But this does not seem to be a priority for the councillors running our council. They seem intent on spending less and less on service delivery and at the same time charging us more.  And that’s why I think we need a change. I’m standing for election because I believe that the only way we can restore the quality of life we should expect in return for our council tax, is to put the priorities of the community before the idealogical priorities of Tory politicians and the interests of big business.  If elected I will consult residents on their priorities; I will speak up for those priorities and keep residents informed of the council’s response. I will work hard to ensure that our community gets the vital public services we need.”

Carol Hayton
Carol Hayton

David Hide: “I have lived in the centre of Forest ward, on Clarence Road, for 10 years. I work as an agronomist advising farmers and growers across the SE of England. I am a passionate environmentalist and my work has provided me with a keen understanding of a wide range of green issues. I lead Labour’s #CivicPride campaign which has resulted in improved maintenance levels in our streets and parks. If elected I will continue to push for improved council service for all. I am a volunteer gardener for Horsham in Bloom and am an active member of the Friends of Horsham Park.”

David Hide
David Hide

Gerard Kavanagh: “I have lived in Horsham with my wife Joanne for more than 17 years. We bought up our two children here. They attended Millais, Tanbridge and Collyer’s schools. I have worked in the energy industry all my life, first as a geophysicist and more recently as a software and IT systems engineer. If elected as one of your three Labou councillors in Forest, I will work tirelessly to ensure that the council delivers the very best services. We must repair the damage done by Conservative austerity and invest in social housing, support young families with improved access to healthcare and schools and the elderly with improved health and social care.”

Gerard Kavanagh
Gerard Kavanagh

If you are voting in Forest Ward on May 2nd, you have three votes. Make sure you use all votes for your local Labour candidates. At the last election in Horsham, the Lib Dems came third, behind the Labour & Conservative candidates. A vote for the Lib Dems or any other minor party is a risk and increases the chances of the Tories winning here.

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