Conservatives to field a Candidate in Every Seat - Meet our local candidates for 2017

The Conservatives, along with the Liberal Democrats are fielding a candidate in every seat in May. Residents for Uttlesford, Labour, UKIP and Green have failed to contest all of the seats up for election. Details of our team can be found below. It's the second time that only the Conservative Party has shown commitment to local elections in Uttlesford and Broomfield/Writtle by fielding a candidate in every seat, with no paper candidates fighting these elections on a Conservative ticket and unlike our opposition, we will be fighting these elections at full strength. 

Uttlesford District Council Elections  

Newport Ward: Paul Simper - Paul lives in Newport with his wife, two sons and a very energetic Cocker Spaniel!  Paul went to school in Saffron Walden and has family connections with the area that go back almost forty years.  Paul is a Management Consultant with over 10 years of experience.
"It is an honour to have been selected as the Conservative candidate in the upcoming Uttlesford District Council by-election for Newport, Widdington, Quendon and Rickling.  It would be a privilege to serve the community using my skills to ensure that the area remains a fantastic place to live and work. I will ensure that active attendance of District and Parish Council meetings is not a luxury, but a fundamental facet of the job."

Essex County Council Elections

Broomfield & Writtle Division: John Aldridge - Married to Christine with one son, John has lived in Writtle for over 40years.

"I have been proud to serve as the County Member for the Broomfield & Writtle Division since 2005 to represent your interests, meeting with parish councils regularly to keep myself informed so that I can speak up for our communities on local issues. I have sought to ensure that the County Council has continued to deliver value for money, whilst maintaining the quality of all its essential services. And I have been privileged to see the delivery of these services throughout the County as the Council’s Chairman for the past year. It is crucial that Essex retains a strong Conservative Council to manage our finances prudently and to keep your Council Tax as low as possible.I should be very grateful for your continued support."

Dunmow Division: Susan Barker - Susan is an experienced County Councillor, representing the Dunmow area for many years and has also served locally as a District Councillor in High Easter and The Rodings . She has lived in Essex all her life, moving to High Easter in 1989.

"Uttlesford has been my home since 1989. I live here, I work here and I am incredibly proud to represent the Great Dunmow Division on Essex County Council.Uttlesford is a special place to live but along with neighbouring Districts has to play its part in Essex in terms of housing and economic growth. Over the last four years I have worked hard for the Division on Essex County Council and would like to be re-elected to continue working on residents behalf. Some of my local achievements include the opening of the Woodside Way Bypass (B184) and introducing Great Dunmow town centre 7.5t weight restrictions, traffic calming in Takeley Street, 30mph speed limit in White Roding, repairs to Byway 55 in High Roding and Jacks Lane, Takeley. I have also instigated the trialling of winter closures for some Byways and opening the much needed Roseacres Primary School, Takeley."

Saffron Walden Division: John Moran - John retired to Uttlesford four years ago after 30 years with the Metropolitan Police. He ended his career as a police inspector, teaching leadership at Hendon College. Before that he was in the army. He now works part-time for Peasgood & Skeates in Saffron Walden.

"I intend to make being a County Councillor the only job I do. I will not stand for any other elected posts during my tenure to avoid conflict that holding more than one Councillor position can create and to allow me to concentrate my efforts on effectively representing the residents of this seat at their County Council. My strong belief is that for the last 4 years the people of Saffron Walden and the surrounding villages have not been effectively represented by Residents for Uttlesford who's focus has clearly been on District Council matters, my focus will be fully on ensuring the provision of the best possible level of service from Essex County Council to the people I will represent. I am seeking to be an influential ally of the decision makers, and not an un-influential critic who stands on the side-line, providing opposition for oppositions sake, and presenting a negative image of Saffron Walden to the wider County of Essex."

Stansted Division: Ray Gooding - Ray has lived in Birchanger for eighteen years and in this area for more than forty. Ray, who is by profession a Mechanical Engineer and was, for almost thirty years the senior partner of a firm of Consulting Engineers working on the design and project management of a wide range of construction projects. Ray has been the County Council Member for Stansted since 2005 and apart from the work he has carried for the local communities within his division he has held a number of jobs within the council. From 2012 until 2013 he was the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services where he was successful in starting the process of reducing the number of Children in Essex’s care.

"Essex has a growing population and the call for school places has never been more relevant. We are now providing a ten-year plan to deal with the needs and the requirements of the emerging local plans.This has led to significant capital expenditure with more than 4000 new primary places being provided over the last year and more than £300 million planned expenditure over the coming years with many new and expanded primary places together with new secondary schools coming on line in the next few years." 

Thaxted Division: Simon Walsh - Simon has lived in North Essex village for nearly 25 years with his wife Patricia and four daughters. The family can trace their Essex roots back to the 1700s, Patricia to a family of Church Rectors from Radwinter and Simon to farm labourers based near Witham. 

"I was first elected to the County Council in 2001 and have represented the Thaxted Division for the past 12 years. In that time I have held a number of senior positions at the County Council, including Chairman of the Scrutiny Board and I now serve as Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste. Chairing the Local Highways Panel, I have overseen the successful delivery of over £1.2 million of local highway projects, including a new footway for Hempstead, speed limit reductions and speed activation devices across Uttlesford."