EASTBOURNE ELECTIONS 2015: Photo gallery and biogs of Devonshire ward candidates

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There are 14 candidates vying for three seats in Devonshire ward in the Eastbourne Borough Council elections on Thursday May 7.

All of the council’s 27 seats are up for grabs and the town will also vote for a Member of Parliament.

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The candidates standing in Devonshire and their biographies are below. Their photos can also be seen in the video.

For more on candidates in other wards of Eastbourne click here.

Conservative

Simon Herbert

“I was born in Eastbourne and lived here nearly all my life and in Devonshire since 2009. I work in a High Street bank, helping start-up small businesses which is so vital to our local economy. As a former Eastbourne councillor, my passions are: our town, the local area, and getting things done.”

Steve Hobbs

“Born, bred and educated in Devonshire, I have strong community roots. My background is secondary and university education. I live in Eastbourne and am proud to contribute to the high-profile development of this unique and diverse area. Encouraging mutual respect and working together to ensure social improvement is my vision.”

James Hopkins

James is a local businessman who strongly supports his community and has done so for more than 15 years. James says he knows only too well the needs of residents and businesses in Devonshire having lived and worked locally. He’s committed to helping local residents in Devonshire with any issues they have and develop the ward into a prosperous community.

Green

Alex Lea

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Independent

Keith Gell

“I was born in Eastbourne and grew up here. I have done lots of different jobs: bus conductor, labourer, computer programmer, engineer, and fruit peddler. As an Independent I offer a fresh view to the main parties. I will listen to people, and act on local concerns and needs.”

Labour

Angela Bennett

“I will campaign to secure real access to  housing for applicants and to reduce anti social behaviour, the most common crime in Eastbourne. The council must do more to support community groups providing local services, jobs and training. I will also press for affordable child care options for local families.”

Dave Brinson

Dave is a teacher at Ratton School, and county secretary of the NUT. He also uns a second-hand book business. Dave lives in Devonshire Ward with his partner and has been an active Labour campaigner for more than 20 years. He is secretary of the Eastbourne Trade Union Council.

Gerry Stonestreet

“Let’s stop treating Devonshire as Eastbourne’s Cinderella and challenge the complacency of the Lib Dem administration. A retired bank manager, I was brought up in Devonshire and I will give a voice to those who feel excluded from decision making about their own lives and who want a better future for their families.”

Liberal Democrats

Margaret Bannister

Margaret was born and brought up in Eastbourne. She has lived and worked in the Devonshire Ward for over 30 years. Since being elected in 2004 Margaret has been very involved in housing and community services, including overseeing the building of the first council homes in 20 years

Steve Holt

Steve has been a senior officer to Stephen Lloyd for the last five years. He has served in many community-focused roles in the ward, including as special advisor to the Eastbourne Carnival, secretary to the Eastbourne Pier Action Committee and has helped many hundreds of people in Devonshire on casework issues.

Steve Wallis

Born in Eastbourne. Steve was first elected to the borough council in 2006, and is also the cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and planning. As chair of Driving Devonshire Forward, he has worked closely with colleagues to ensure Devonshire succeeds with funding bids and regeneration plans.

UKIP

David Greenwood

Following a career in the Royal Fleet Auxilary, David settled in Eastbourne where he now lives and works. He is a campaigner against waste and mismanagement and believes Eastbourne needs to be revitalised and should encourage new businesses - and jobs - to relocate to our town.

Colin Horscroft

Colin lives in the heart of Devonshire and works locally. As a UKIP councillor, he says he will promote common sense solutions in place of political dogma by restoring the committee system to enable all elected councillors to have a meaningful say in the running of the town.

Bob Lacey

Bob is the UKIP central branch organiser in Eastbourne. He is a former councillor and served for two years as chairman of East Sussex County Council’s Health Overview Scrutiny Committee and as chairman of the County Council for a further two years. He opposes the cabinet system describing it as undemocratic.