Meet the candidates for the St Peter’s 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, 6:34 pm
Clockwise from top left: Rachel Featherstone, Sam Johnson, David Newey and John Lennox. No candidate profile or photo provided by Ian Lines.

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 St Peter’s are:

Rachel Sara FEATHERSTONE (Green Party)

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Sunderland is a city with many assets but it is not well served by its council.

As a Green councillor I would push for more basic facilities for the seafront, including accessible public toilets and changing facilities for water sports.

The council’s record on waste management is appalling – I would work to make Sunderland a zero waste city, creating jobs and reducing our environmental impact.

Theft from backyards, fly-tipping, littering and, more recently, misuse of the e-scooters, have been issues in the ward.

I would ask for additional PCSOs to patrol our streets.

Vote Green for a better future!

Sam Martin JOHNSTON (Conservative Party)

I am the Conservative candidate for St. Peter’s ward.

I live in Roker and have done since I was young.

Our community is one to be proud of and I would be honoured to represent it.

Over the past year, I have taken action to make positive changes in the local community.

I have led several litter picks, delivered food parcels to elderly/shielding residents, and successfully campaigned for additional rat baiting measures in Roker Park.

I believe that local councillors should focus on getting the basics right for residents.

My priorities are to stop speeding, cut crime and anti-social behaviour and deliver cleaner streets, green spaces, and beaches.

Furthermore, the council should not be a gravy train for those elected to it.

I will continue to advocate for lower Council Tax, lower councillors’ allowances, and the abolition of expenses for councillors.

John Anthony LENNOX (Liberal Democrat)

I have lived locally for almost 60 years and first stood for election here in 1973 (when Sunderland won the cup!).

We can make Sunderland better – but we need ambition rather than complacent councillors.

People in Sunderland deserve better and Liberal Democrats demand better.

As councillor I will be accessible, active and alert to the needs of people in the community.

For example, the Wearmouth Bridge which links our area to the city centre needs several improvements.

The footpaths should be cleared of obstructions.

The subway looks dark, dirty and dilapidated.

The cycle path is on the wrong side.

And the steps are too steep – they should be realigned and cleaned regularly.

The Council needs to stop wasting money on vanity projects and focus on fixing the basics across Roker and Monkwearmouth.


*no candidate profile or photo provided*

David Laurence NEWEY (Labour and Co-operative Party)

I am a father, a husband, a teacher and resident of this amazing city, a place I am proud to call home.

I am positive for St. Peter’s.

It has so much that is great and it can be even better.

I am committed to delivering this through my strong leadership and experience.

I’ve already helped you keep dogs on our beach, worked to have road safety cameras installed and speed limits lowered.

I am working with our Police and Crime Commissioner to tackle anti-social behaviour.

I have talked to hundreds of residents so I understand your concerns and I take action to address them, whether it is dog fouling, littering or backing the elimination of pesticides from our ward.

A vote for me is a vote for continued hard work and leadership.

Vote David Newey – Positive for St. Peter’s.

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