Meet the candidates for the Ryhope ward on Sunderland City Council up for election on May 6

More than 120 candidates have thrown their hat in the ring for this year’s (2021) round of local elections in Sunderland.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 9:07 am
From left: Usman Ali, Ellen Ball and Marek Filipkowski.
From left: Usman Ali, Ellen Ball and Marek Filipkowski.

Voters are due to head to polling stations on Thursday, May 6, to re-elect or replace the holders of 28 seats on Sunderland City Council.

Bidding for the prize in Ryhope, are:

Usman ALI (Conservative Party)

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I live in Ryhope with my wife, Emma, and my son.

I am a passionate believer in our area.

If I’m elected, I will not claim an allowance or take any expenses.

I am a strong believer in charity and helping others.

Over the last year I’ve held litter picks in the ward, delivered food parcels and Christmas hampers to those struggling during COVID-19, and I’ve supported local charities.

I am involved in politics to serve others, not myself.

I would be grateful for your support in May.

Ellen BALL (Labour and Co-operative Party)

I am honoured to stand again to serve as your councillor, having first been elected in 2007.

I have a proven track record of representing residents of Ryhope as a councillor, and more recently as a community activist.

Through my close work with residents and community groups I understand the needs of the area.

Like you, I want to see pride in our area restored with cleaner streets, safer roads and thriving local businesses.

I am committed to tackling antisocial behaviour.

I want to see increased amenities in the ward for you and your family to enjoy.

I will fight for our fair share of investment and opportunities, putting your interests first.

If you want a strong voice for Ryhope, vote for me on May 6.


I started work as a care assistant but now run my own business.

I believe my personal and professional experience will bring a fresh, new perspective to Ryhope and the city.

Sunderland is my home and if elected as a city councillor I will do all I can to ensure our area thrives while continuing to be an affordable, safe, welcoming and vibrant place to live in for us and future generations.

It is time for new ideas and a fresh approach to running our city.

In addition to resolving the problems associated with housing, education, social care and the lack of quality leisure provision for our children and young people, it is essential we look to creating many new high quality, well paid jobs to improve life opportunities for all.

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