Labour's candidates for Maghull Town Council by-election

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Maghull Labour has selected three Maghull candidates for Thursday, July 25's three Maghull Town Council by-elections.

The three Labour candidates are all from Maghull.

Here the three candidates explain why they want to become councillors for their hometown's town council.



Name:  Muriel Hopley
Age:  76
Address:  Northway, Maghull
Tel:  0151 531 1193

MurielI have lived in Maghull for more than 50 years with my husband and two sons. I am a retired teacher.

I was a mature student, but before that I worked in offices in administration, accounts and human resources.

I have been a Labour Party supporter since I was 18. I was Crosby Constituency Labour Party treasurer, when Maghull was part of the Crosby constituency.

I am a volunteer at Bill Esterson and the Sefton Central Labour Party offices here in Maghull, where I do a variety of jobs, including calling constituents to offer help and support from our councillors and our MP.

I would like to be a Maghull Town Councillor so that I can contribute to the excellent work of our current Labour-run town council in improving our town.

Over the years, I have campaigned to protect our greenbelt here in Maghull, particularly in the last two years as this Lib Dem-Tory Government wants to allow developers to build where they like, regardless of the views of the local community. I am concerned about the effect on our infrastructure, roads, schools, GP surgeries, etc.

As a pensioner, I am interested in the care of the elderly. I was my husband's carer until he died. I am keen to help older people to stay in their homes if possible. If more care is needed, a suitable home as near to the area they lived in should be provided. Older people must be allowed to spend their days in comfort, with dignity, care and safety.

I totally support our NHS and it must be protected from the privatisation reforms being imposed by this Lib Dem-Tory Government.

I am very interested in education, particularly in upholding and improving standards in our schools. Every child, regardless of where they come from deserves a good education.

I am very impressed by the work of the Labour administration at Maghull Town Council. I particularly like the present apprenticeship scheme and would like to help expand that further.

If elected, I will work with my fellow councillors for the good of Maghull - a community I love and which I have called home for more than 50 years.



Name:  Mark Cousins
Age:  50
Address:  Foxhouse Lane, Maghull
Tel:  07722238980

Mark CousinsI am 50 years old and  have lived in Maghull since 1981.

I am married with two children who attend local schools in which I take an active role. Until recently I helped out at the primary school with such things as football , gardening club and days out.
I have worked for Santander (Girobank, Alliance & Leicester) for over 30 years. For the past 20 years I have been a union rep which has seen me help colleagues with a variety of problems.
I took up the union position because I believe I could make a difference and represent people in a positive way, which is why I would make an ideal Maghull Town Councillor.

I really care about Maghull and I would love to work alongside the rest of the Maghull Town Councillors to make a positive difference for the people of our town.

Maghull is a fantastic place to live. It is a fantastic place for children to grow up in, and it is a fantastic place for adults to make a home.

We have some excellent facilities here in Maghull, which I am pleased to see the Labour-run Maghull Town Council expanding upon, including opening up the town hall for the first time to community groups to come in and use for free.

In the past two years, our Labour town councillors have done some great work, including finding huge savings, creating apprentices for the first time and making sure we all get value for money from our town council.

I want to help them continue that work, and take it on even further. 



Name:  June Burns
Age:  54
Address:  Bridge Farm Drive, Maghull
Tel:  07763 980 000

June BurnsI have lived in Maghull for 32 years, 20 of which were living in the Molyneux Ward.

I have three sons who went to St George's and then Maricourt High School. My whole family are active members of this community and active members of the Maghull Labour Action Team.

We spend lots of time knocking on people's doors here in Maghull to listen to their concerns so that our councillors and MP can take these up.

Maghull is a fantastic place to live. But it is my aim to continue to make it even better.

I have been a committee member for a local scout group, air cadets and I have served on the school PTA. When my boys were younger, I also helped facilitate a youth club at St Peter's Church.

Not only do I live in Maghull, but for many years I worked locally too at Ashworth Hospital when it was Moss Side.

I believe Maghull is a fantastic place to bring up a family. It is a safe place to live. It is a place we should all be proud of.

That is why I want to become a Maghull Town Councillor, so I can help my Labour colleagues continue the great work they have begun. Work that is improving our town, giving young people new opportunities. Creating new opportunities for community groups, for young and old, to come in and use the fantastic facilities at Maghull Town Hall.

I have recently been attending Maghull Town Council meetings at Maghull Town Hall and this has enabled me to see for myself the hard work and dedication from our Labour councillors. They have had to face lots of challenges since taking over the running of the town council two years ago, but they have done a fantastic job in dramatically cutting costs and freezing the council tax precept which has saved money for us all. We need to ensure that we are getting the very best value for money from our town council.

For the last 12 years I have worked in mental health environments as a psychological therapist. The skills that I have built up from my job, such as empathy, understanding and above all listening will be of value to me should I be successful in becoming a councillor for Maghull.

Maghull is a great place. I want to become a town councillor so together with my Labour colleagues I can help to keep it that way.

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