Sunderland local elections: Who will get your vote in Fulwell?

Candidates for Fulwell in the local elections, clockwise from top left, Bob Francis, Peter Murray, Diane Matthew, Ken Richardson. Not pictured: Christopher Marshall.
Candidates for Fulwell in the local elections, clockwise from top left, Bob Francis, Peter Murray, Diane Matthew, Ken Richardson. Not pictured: Christopher Marshall.

The countdown to the local elections on May 5 is well underway.

Today we profile the vandidates vying for your vote in the Fulwell ward.

Bob Francis (Conservative)

The Conservative Party, my party, is your party of opposition to Labour in Sunderland.

Conservatives are delivering investment in Sunderland including £82.5 million on the New Wear Crossing and £2 million to regenerate the seafront at Seaburn and Roker.

The unemployment claimant count has been halved and £9.3m has been invested in Nissan and the Advanced Manufacturing Park. 12 000 Sunderland people no longer pay income tax.

I support the Save Seaburn group fighting for a better development along the seafront, wanting something which will attract visitors to Fulwell all year round so increasing the economy and boosting employment.

I am a governor of Monkwearmouth and Fulwell Junior School. I take an active role in Fulwell Community Association and Fulwell Residents Association which liaises with the police on your behalf.

If elected I promise that I will continue my fight for the people of Fulwell.

Christopher Marshall (UKIP)

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Peter Murray (Green)

I am 48 years old and have lived in the North East all my life. For the past three years I have lived in Millfield.

I have supported SAFC since 1977, spending many of my early years standing in the Fulwell end of Roker Park.

For the last eight years I have worked full time in Ashbrooke looking after people, of all ages who have autism.

I am proud to be standing as a candidate for Fulwell Ward I will target issues that affect the local community, especially those in financial difficulties.

I will also encourage the local Council to do more to assist the people of Sunderland in their homes, streets, estates and communities.

I will also fight for democracy with matters such as changes in school crossing patrols being decided by the full council rather than the eight members of the cabinet.

Vote for change vote green on May 5.

Ken Richardson (Labour)

I live with my partner and 20-year-old son who is studying at University.

Although I was born in Bishop Auckland, I grew up around Barnard Castle, and have now lived in Sunderland over half my life.

After serving a printing apprenticeship, I studied at Oxford and Durham, where I secured a degree in history and politics. For me, education is vitally important. I am deeply concerned about the pressures on further education colleges and oppose the forced academisation of our schools.

I believe Sunderland, and the wider region, would face huge financial challenges if the UK opts for ‘Brexit’. I am, however, against a trade agreement with the US, that would lead to the privatisation of the NHS, where I worked for twenty years.

I want to work for you and the Fulwell Ward, please give me your vote May.

Diana Talbott Matthew (LibDem)

I attended Fulwell Infant and Junior School before going to the then newly-built Monkwearmouth Grammar School.

Although I moved away to college, I returned to Fulwell and qualified at Sunderland Polytechnic. I then worked in social care and for various charities, with children and people with disabilities.

Being retired, I now have the opportunity for voluntary work and run a lunch club in Fulwell for the elderly, on behalf of Age UK.

I still live in Fulwell and have a great interest in our needs and issues. I have the time and energy to work hard to ensure that our council tax is spent wisely and for the benefit of all.

One of my particular concerns is our beautiful beaches and seafront; I would like to see it improved for use by the public and to restore tourism to the area.

There are few amenities for children and families, and certainly not enough public toilets.