Learn more about your local candidate for the upcoming local government elections below:
March 8th 2018 - Little Parndon & Hare Street By-Election
Chris Vince is a secondary school Maths teacher working in Great Dunmow. He has been heavily involved in politics across the county including twice being Parliamentary candidate and also Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate where he achieved the most votes of any candidate in Harlow.
Chris Vince said: “I’m delighted to have been selected to be the Labour candidate for Little Parndon and Hare Street and look forward to meeting with local residents over the coming weeks to introduce myself and to hear about their concerns and ideas for the ward.
“I’m aware that I am stepping into big shoes. Jon was an exceptional councillor and leader and I consider it an honour to be given the opportunity to carry on his work on behalf of local residents.”
“As a teacher, I am in the business if changing people’s lives for the better and that’s exactly what I intend to do when I am elected as your Councillor in March.”
May 3rd 2018 - Harlow District Elections
Tony Durcan – Little Parndon and Hare Street
Tony Durcan has been re-selected to stand as your local labour Councillor for Hare street and Little Parndon for the local Harlow election in May 2018. He is well known locally not only for his hard work to support local residences but also his connection to PAH as a former nurse in the A&E department. Tony retains his passion and commitment to the community, never ceasing to challenge the Tory lead ECC around cuts and closures to community services.
Liam Kerrigan – Old Harlow
Liam is 21-years-old and has lived in Harlow his whole life. He worked at The Square for nearly five years and currently works at the Harlow Rugby Club. Since graduating from the University of Leeds, Liam has spent time volunteering at the local homeless charity Streets2Homes as well as helping organise community events as a member of Harlow Young Labour.
Liam said, “I am very proud to have been selected as the Labour candidate for Old Harlow. If elected, I will do my utmost to address the concerns of residents in the ward and tackle the lack of housing and youth services in the town more widely.”
Tony Edwards - Toddbrook
Tony Edwards was recently elected as a Labour Councillor for the Toddbrook Ward with over 52% of the vote. Tony has lived in Harlow for most of his life. He worked as social worker managing Mental Health and Learning Disability Teams in Essex and Hertfordshire. Tony is actively involved throughout the town. He volunteers at the Gibberd Garden and with Canalability, and is a Trustee with Razed Roof. As a newly elected councillor, one of Tony’s major concerns is the negative impact the role out of Universal Credit is having on individuals and families living in Harlow.
Eugenie Harvey – Bush Fair
Eugenie has lived in Harlow with her family for the past 12 years. During that time, she has been active on her local residents association organising many community events including the inaugural Churchgate in Bloom, which she hopes to see go town wide. She has worked in the voluntary sector for nearly 20 years, campaigning for action on climate change, to address inequality and to reduce poverty.
Eugenie said, “I’m delighted to have been selected to stand for Labour in Bush Fair. Through my involvement in this summer’s Bush Fair Fayre, I have seen first-hand the opportunities and needs of the area and I look forward to talking to residents about how we can address these as I campaign for election next May.”
Aiden O’Dell – Sumners and Kingsmoor
Aiden has lived in the Sumners and Kingsmoor ward for 22 years. Having attended Stewards School and volunteered in the community since a young age, he is passionate about making a difference in Harlow and making it a place to be even more proud to be a resident. Working in technology, Aiden has used his skills by running computer workshops for the elderly. He has campaigned on many issues, including against the rise of tuition fees, for a fairer society and the continued need to provide an alternative to anti-social behaviour.
Aiden said; "I am honoured to have been selected as the candidate for Sumners and Kingsmoor for May 2018. I'm looking forward to meeting the residents of the ward to discuss what our priorities should be to make Sumners and Kingsmoor a more integrated part of Harlow."
Laura McAlpine - Staple Tye
Laura grew up in Harlow and was a student at Little Parndon Primary School and Burnt Mill Secondary School.
She established Harlow Young Labour, helped to orchestrate their first community event and has recently been working with the Berecroft Residents’ Association on their forthcoming Halloween Party which she hopes will become a larger community event for the whole of Staple Tye in the coming years. She is an actor and children’s coach and is a passionate political campaigner fighting for rent caps and council housing, as well as supporting organisations such as Citizens UK and Stop The War Coalition. Laura's Granny was a Harlow Labour councillor and she hopes to follow in her footsteps.
Laura said, “I feel so excited to have been selected to stand for Labour in Staple Tye. I cannot wait to get to know the residents and really listen to what they need. I am ready to for the hard work that we have ahead, but I know together we can make real positive change in Staple Tye.”
Maggie Hulcoop – Harlow Common
It is a great honour to again be a Labour candidate for Harlow Common. As Vice-Chair of Harlow Council, I know how important it is to serve my community. Working with young people in community outreach at Potter Street Baptist Church is so rewarding. I feel passionate about helping to shape Harlow and its future through the decision making process at Harlow Council. A great future is in front of us all through business and housing investments.
Helping those less fortunate than ourselves is what I want us all to concentrate on. Acts
of kindness and compassion will keep us strong and focused as communities together.
That is what will give future generations one of its greatest legacies.
Jake Shepherd – Church Langley
Jake was born and grew up in Harlow, studying at Burnt Mill Academy, before enrolling at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2016.
Jake said; “Being selected to stand for a second time in Church Langley means a great deal to me. As candidate, I have been an active campaigner in the local community”. In September, Jake represented Harlow as Youth Delegate at The Labour Party conference in Brighton. Jake’s interest in politics stems from his passion for education and promoting social mobility, leading him to become a member of the pre-opening Local Advisory Board (LAB) for Sir Frederick Gibberd College, a new 11-19 school in Harlow that will open in September 2019
Allan Jolley - Great Parndon
Allan is a longstanding Labour Party member and is the Harlow Branch Secretary of UCATT (Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians). He stood for Sumners and Kingsmoor in the 2016 elections.
Allan said; “I’m very happy to have been selected to be the candidate for Great Parndon. This is a challenging seat for Labour but we have a strong campaign planned and I am looking forward to building on the great start that Chris has made over the past months.”
Mike Danvers – Netteswell
Mike has represented his home area for 8 years - on the Town and County Councils.
A lecturer at Harlow College with a deep understanding local issues, Mike has consistently changed things for the better.
Danny Purton – Mark Hall
Former Chief Engineer of Harlow Council, Danny is well placed to oversee the new Local Plan.
A Councillor since 2015, he hopes to continue his work for Mark Hall & Harlow.