Labour and Cooperative candidate Old Town
Jim was first elected in May 2012 when he took an old town seat from the Conservatives. He was re-elected in May 2016. Elections were postponed in 2020. A former teacher Jim came to Stevenage in 1992.
“I have been a Councillor for just under nine years but involved for much longer including the environment, transport, community schools and against racism.
One of my ambitions is to improve the environment, economy and safety of the High Street. Let’s make space so that people can meet in a relaxed way and look in shop windows without being hassled to move on as people try to squeeze place. Cut the noise and pollution and it will become a much better place to be.
Covid has had a huge impact on our community – our health, our economy and our well-being. When we emerge from the pandemic our recovery must not be just about the economy but be a green recovery and bring us together socially. I do hope we can avoid the worst impacts on society of so many people being isolated for so long.
The Government has not delivered on its promises to reimburse local councils for the work they asked us to do during the pandemic. That, together with the effects of lockdowns, will give your Council great difficulties next year. Believe me I did not get elected to make cuts.
In addition to my work with the Council I am involved in active recreation groups. I launched local cycle challenge events such as Emitremmus and the Start of Summertime specials and organised them for many years. I am a committee member and part of the voluntary coaching team with Fairlands Valley Spartans and have run nineteen London Marathons.
I have been a governor of a Stevenage secondary school for 25 years and been involved with the Old Stevenage Community Association and the Stevenage Old Town Business and Community Partnership for a very long time.”
▪ Old Town Councillor since May 2012
▪ Stevenage secondary school governor for 25 years.
▪ Former chair of Stevenage UNISON
▪ Old Stevenage Community Association
▪ Stevenage Old Town Business and Community Partnership
▪ Previous jobs included science teacher; economic development; policy and strategic planning; and community development
▪ Press officer and coaching team at Fairlands Valley Spartans
▪ Charity trustee with Cycling UK for more than twenty years
▪ Run nineteen London Marathons
▪ My daughter is at school in the old town
▪ Visible on the High Street and elsewhere in the old town