Eastbourne council elections 2019: Ratton

Voters go to the polls on Thursday May 2 to elect 27 members to Eastbourne council.

Tuesday, 30th April 2019, 11:44 am
Updated Tuesday, 30th April 2019, 11:48 am
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Nine candidates are contesting the three seats in Ratton and here is what you need to know about them.

Conservative Colin Belsey was first elected to Eastbourne Borough Council in 1977 and East Sussex County Council in 2009 and has represented Ratton ward since 2004 having represented Hampden Park for six years in the 70s and 80s and the old Ocklynge ward in the 90s. SUS-190430-100757001
Labour's David Bishop grew up in Peacehaven and moved to Eastbourne eight years ago. His career has been varied: serving five years in the Royal Marines, working as a teacher and currently running his own business as well as working part-time for St Wilfrids Hospice. SUS-190430-100926001
Conservative Tony Freebody lives in Eastbourne with his wife and two children and has worked in the NHS for the past 24 years supporting adults with learning disabilities. Tony has been a councillor for Ratton since 2015 SUS-190430-101155001
Labour's John Lambert has lived in Ratton Ward with his family for the past 27 years and has been active in the Labour Party for some considerable time SUS-190430-101359001
Liberal Democrat Rebecca Maddell moved to Eastbourne with her husband in 1997 and has extensive political experience having been an Eastbourne borough councillor in the neighbouring Upperton ward and serving as chair of the councils planning committee for four years. SUS-190430-101735001
Conservative Colin Murdoch moved to Eastbourne with his wife Elaine to run a guest house and currently works in sheltered housing as a manager. SUS-190430-102040001
Liberal Democrat Hugh Parker is a senior manager with a well known local motor dealer group and has more than 45 years experience in local politics including previously serving as an Eastbourne councillor for Hampden Park ward. He is widowed with two daughters and three grandchildren. SUS-190430-102259001
Liberal Democrat Blash Rassekh has a Bsc degree in architecture and agriculture and moved to Eastbourne 14 years ago because he was looking for somewhere with a high quality of life, culture and good access to nature. SUS-190430-102846001
Labour's Jill Shacklock has lived with her family in Eastbourne since 1997. She started her career teaching in schools but has worked for the University of Brighton for more than 30 years. SUS-190430-103152001