LOCAL ELECTION CANDIDATES 2018

Brentford & Isleworth Constituency

Brentford Chiswick Homefields Chiswick Riverside Hounslow Central Hounslow Heath
Hounslow South Isleworth Osterley & Spring Grove Syon Turnham Green

BRENTFORD

Hounslow Liberal Democrats are not standing any candidates in Brentford, following an electoral pact with the Hounslow Green Party. Please click here to read the press release.

CHISWICK HOMEFIELDS

Alice BAILHACHE

Alice BailhacheAlice is a trainee solicitor, who has lived in Chiswick for the past 6 years. She joined the Lib Dems in 2015, and campaigned with 'Britain Stronger In Europe' in the 2016 referendum.

As a councillor, she will:

  • Fight to reduce air and noise pollution, putting pressure on TfL to accelerate the introduction of the Low Emission Bus Zone for Chiswick High Road
  • Protect Chiswick parks and green spaces from unwanted development, and ensure they are accessible to everyone
  • Work with others in the council to bring empty dwellings across Hounslow back into use, helping to address homelessness in Chiswick

Originally from Jersey, in the Channel Islands, Alice has always felt close to Europe! She feels passionately about protecting EU citizens' rights and will work tirelessly to #ExitFromBrexit.

Alex FOX

Alex FoxOriginally hailing from Southwark, Alex was drawn to local politics inspired by the overwhelmingly positive, moderate and liberal influence the Southwark Lib Dem group made when running the council with other parties. Having lived in Chiswick for the last 5 years, Alex is now a trainee Music teacher and is particularly supportive of Liberal Democrat education policy, in particular Pupil Premium - a policy that he believes truly delivers on the core liberal value of Opportunity for Everyone.

As a councillor he will:

  • Encourage a more collaborative approach to local politics so that the needs and concerns of Chiswick residents are better represented within the council
  • Fight tirelessly for the rights of all EU citizens who live in Chiswick
  • Oppose the expansion of Heathrow T5 and work with others to arrive at a smarter, evidence-based solution that works for Chiswick

He is absolutely passionate about stopping Brexit. #ExitFromBrexit

Charles REES

Charles Rees ChiswickRetired barrister and senior court official. Lib Dem activist, (member since 1983). Charles has in fact been a member of all three parties; left the Tories because of their social policies, and Labour because of their drift to the left in the 1980s - they haven't changed!

Charles is standing for the Lib Dems because new ideas are needed in Hounslow - Labour has grown complacent and the Tory opposition grown tired. We need to look at new ways of making life better in Chiswick, by reducing pollution and improving traffic flows, for example. Also making sure that Chiswick gets its fair share of Hounslow Council resources. Lib Dem principles of openness, fairness and tolerance can apply just as well in Chiswick and Hounslow as they can across the country.

Nationally, Charles supports the Lib Dems who are trying to soften what is likely to be a harmful Brexit. He fears leaving the EU will not only make us worse off financially but reduce our influence in the world. We should also value the very considerable contribution EU nationals in Chiswick make to our country and also in Chiswick.

CHISWICK RIVERSIDE

Francis BEDDINGTON

Francis BeddingtonFrancis is a third generation West Londoner. He has lived in Chiswick for the last twelve years. He is married with two school age children.

As a committed Internationalist, he joined the Liberal Democrats in 2015 and campaigned against Brexit. He has worked in the Civil Service, and the financial services industry.

Being partially disabled himself, Francis has a particular interest in access issues for people with mobility constraints.

He is opposed to the CS9 in its current format and will campaign to improve the design of the scheme to take into account the needs of all Chiswick residents.

Guy DE BOURSAC

Guy De Boursac ChiswickGuy moved to Chiswick 5 years ago, after nearly 30 years in Geneva. He retired after 40 years in the airline business and some English teaching. New to politics (despite some Liberal activity in the 1970s), Guy was prompted into action in 2016 by intolerant discourse around the Brexit referendum. He was drawn to the Liberal Democrats' strong stance on tolerance, social justice and EU citizens' rights.

As a councillor he will fight for:

  • Ensuring there is a positive voice representing Chiswick on the council, particularly on housing
  • Reducing pollution and traffic in Chiswick to make it a healthier place to live
  • Better investment in Chiswick to improve services and access for all groups including the young, the elderly and those with disabilities
  • Improved pavements and other pedestrian facilities

He will continue to campaign to stop Brexit.

James McCONNELL

James McConnellJames has lived in Chiswick since his marriage 24 years ago. A career in consumer technology has taken him to live and work extensively in Asia and Europe where he learnt how collaboration across different cultures can only benefit business and society. The Brexit vote in 2016 was the wake-up call and motivation for him to join the Lib Dems. Furthermore, in a climate of polarised and dishonest politics, he sees that the Lib Dems are the only party to offer brave and honest solutions to our challenges, in particular the pledge to increase income tax to fund extra NHS spending.

As a councillor his priorities will be:

  • Work to ensure the council is committed to reducing air and noise pollution in Chiswick and opposing Heathrow expansion
  • Represent the views on issues that are important to Grove Park residents. CPZ and beyond!
  • Holding the council to account on its decisions and management

He will continue to campaign to stop Brexit.

HOUNSLOW CENTRAL

Marcelle VON WENDLAND

HOUNSLOW HEATH

Mark BILLENNESS

Sally BILLENNESS

Sally Billenness - Hounslow Heath wardSally Billenness was born in Isleworth and has lived in Hounslow Heath Ward for over 20 years.

She is married with one son who is the third generation of her family to be born in the Hounslow borough.

Sally worked for the BBC for 24 years, latterly as an IT Consultant, until she had to take early retirement through ill health. She now does voluntary work.

As a disabled person, Sally takes a particular interest in access for all, equality and the provision of social care.

Hina MALIK

Hina Malik candidateHina Malik is a community champion and an advocate for a fairer society. A devoted wife and mother of two, she embraces her cultural roots whilst moving with the times.

The first acclaimed Pakistani Female Aeronautical Engineer, Hina has worked for both the Civil Aviation Authority and British Airways. Through her work as a primary school teacher, she is also an advocate for quality education and has been actively involved in developing education policy for the Liberal Democrats.

Hina is passionate about female empowerment and challenging the norm, and runs her own social organisation, Voice of Women (VOWS). As well as VOWs, she is an ambassador for Save the Children UK and Cancer Research UK campaigning for major changes that benefit the less fortunate.

Hina joined the Liberal Democrats because of their internationalist vision and the fact that they seek to deliver change on issues of importance to her, such as reducing youth crime, increasing gender diversity and empowering ethnic minorities. Within the Liberal Democrats, she is active locally and nationally: she is on the executive committees for the local parties in Brent and Hounslow and works with the Liberal Democrat Education Association and the Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats.

In February 2016, Hina stood as a candidate in the local council by-election in Cranford, beating UKIP into fourth place with an 11.4% swing. Hina will work hard to promote and celebrate cultural diversity, equality and social justice within our local community.

HOUNSLOW SOUTH

Syed ALI

ISLEWORTH

Henna ASGHAR

Henna Asghar has been an active youth campaigner with a strong interest in environmental issues. She wants to tackle issues of air quality around the Twickenham Road area in Isleworth and is concerned with the impact that a third runway at Heathrow will have on the area.

Joe BOURKE

Joe BourkeJoe, a Chartered Certified Accountant, lives in Brentford and splits his time between lecturing at the University of West London and running his own accountancy practice.

In addition to serving as a finance director on a number of boards both domestic and international, Joe has been the treasurer of a teachers union, a governor on a local school board, a council member of the Association of British Travel Agents, a director and treasurer of Supporters Direct (the national body for football supporter trusts and a supporter director with Brentford Football Club and its supporters trust. He was actively engaged in the supporters trust takeover of Brentford in 2006.

Special interests on the Council

Joe is passionate about delivering affordable private and social housing in the community and serves as an administrator for an All Party Parliamentary Group focused on land and housing issues.

Robert THORPE

Rob Thorpe candidateRob has lived in Isleworth for 8 years with his family. He is a technology consultant working on large IT deliveries in the TV and broadband industries. Fed up with not being represented by his local MP in national matters or his Council in local ones, Rob joined the Liberal Democrats in 2017.

As a councillor he will be passionate about:

  • Accountability within Hounslow Council - ensuring joined up policies on traffic and the environment
  • Representation of the electors within Isleworth Ward - rather than the interests of the Council and lobby groups
  • Investment in provision for young families and youth services.

OSTERLEY & SPRING GROVE

Desmond BOURKE

Desmond graduated from Durham University with a degree in Anthropology. A former youth player with Brentford Football Club's centre of excellence, Desmond is keen to see attention given to the development of sports and recreation facilities in the borough and in developing parity between physical and mental health care services in Hounslow.

Sean BOURKE

Sean is a former student of Gunnersbury Boys School in Brentford and studied Mechanical engineering at Brunel University. He works as a web-site designer based in Brentford. Sean wants to see more focus on youth facilities in Osterley and across the borough together with effective action to tackle anti-social behaviour. Sean is also concerned with respect for privacy in the use of personal data held by the council and other organisations.

John JAMES

John James was Secretary of The Lawn tennis Association (LTA) from 1982 to 2002 when he retired. He was elected as a Vice President of The LTA and received the Honour of OBE for services to Tennis. He was an Executive Officer of The Wimbledon Championships and now acts as a Consultant. He is Chairman of British Olympic Foundation. He was President of The European Tennis Federation from 2002 to 2008. He is President of Middlesex Tennis.

John is President of Hounslow Borough Liberal Democrats.

Special interests on the Council

John's special interests are enviromental issues, education and planning. His main concern is the continued expansion of Heathrow Airport. With his sporting background John takes great interest in the Borough's Leisure and sports policy, especially related to school sports and playing fields.

SYON

Jack BALLENTYNE

Jack Ballentyne splits his time between life as a landlubber in Brentford and navigating the locks between Hanwell and Brentford on his river barge.

Steven ParkerSteven PARKER

Steven has lived in Hounslow for eleven years. He is a consultant, executive coach and does volunteer counselling in the community. Steven is committed to an open, tolerant and fair society, investing in public services and ensuring everyone is given the opportunities to meet their potential, and to live their lives free of fear, prejudice or discrimination.

As a councillor he will work hard for the people of Syon, in order to:

  • Back EU citizens' right to stay work, love and build a future in the UK
  • Fight for investment in essential public services including real community policing and support for local hospitals
  • Fully oppose any expansion or third runway at Heathrow.

Phyllis VAN DER ESCH

Phyllis is a resident of Brentford's market place area and has worked in the careers department of an inner London secondary school. Phyllis is keen to build on the Liberal Democrat achievements in Coalition. With her eldest granddaughter attending primary school in Brentford, she wants to see that every child gets a fair start in life with smaller class sizes and more money targeted at those needing extra help in lessons..

Special interests on the Council

Phyllis' special interests are housing and education, as well as local provision for the elderly.

TURNHAM GREEN

Helen CROSS

Helen CrossHelen has lived in Chiswick for over 15 years. She is a businesswoman who has built a successful career in technology and the digital economy. New to politics, Helen was prompted into action in 2016 due to the explosion of illiberal discourse around the Brexit referendum and the election of Trump. Helen was drawn to the Liberal Democrats' pro Remain stance and strong position on tolerance and social justice, particularly in standing up for EU citizens' rights.

As a councillor she will fight for:

  • Ensuring there is a voice for positive action representing Chiswick on the council
  • Reducing pollution and traffic in Chiswick to make it a healthier place to live, including extending the ultra-low emission zone to include the A4
  • Better investment in Chiswick to improve services and access for all groups including the young, the elderly and those with disabilities

She will continue to campaign to stop Brexit.

Leigh EDWARDS

Leigh EdwardsLeigh has lived in Chiswick for fifteen years, he is a chartered accountant. Along with many others, he was dismayed and appalled by the intolerance of the rhetoric in the lead up to the EU referendum. Leigh is committed to an open, tolerant and fair society, investing in public services and ensuring everyone is given the opportunities to meet their potential, and to live their lives free of fear, prejudice or discrimination.

As a councillor he will work hard for the people of Chiswick to:

  • Better hold the council to account on planning and developments to ensure new projects enhance Chiswick by reducing pollution, improving infrastructure, increasing accessibility for pedestrians, cyclists and users of public transport, and introducing more green spaces
  • Fight for investment in essential public services including real community policing and support for local hospitals
  • Fully oppose any expansion or third runway at Heathrow

Nationally he will campaign for the UK to remain in the EU as a leading and influential member, and to keep Britain a liberal, democratic, and socially just society.

Chris GILLIE

Chris GillieChris has lived in Brentford for 11 years, working as an IT Manager, and has had a successful career managing IT in small and medium sized organisations. Witnessing increasingly polarised politics, Chris decided to do more than just vote, and following the Brexit vote, decided to join the only remaining moderate voice in UK Politics. Being a dual national, he also supported Macron and En Marche in the 2017 French Elections.

As a councillor his priorities will be:

  • Ensuring that the needs and concerns of all Chiswick residents are heard by the council
  • Working to reduce air and noise pollution and to ease congestion in Chiswick
  • Campaign for sensible development of the Chiswick area that is sensitive to its special character

He will continue to campaign to stop Brexit, from both sides of the Channel.

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