Bridport by-elections 22 February

Rose Allwork – Labour Candidate for Dorset County Council

I will be a strong voice for Bridport in the County Council: we need bus links with surrounding villages and the rest of the county and more control over planning decisions to build housing that works for us all.

Bridport is a vibrant, diverse community and I want to see us ready to meet future challenges.

As an early years teacher for over 20 years, I worked in schools and children’s centres in East London. At the same time, I was a visitor to Bridport over many years, spending summers here with my children, and fell in love with the town.

When I moved to Bridport, now over five years ago, I felt instantly welcome and at home here. The strong sense of community and history, the beautiful countryside and the many opportunities to get involved in local activities all make Bridport a wonderful and rewarding place to live.

Years of austerity and the knock-on effects of the housing bubble have however taken their toll on Bridport, often affecting the most vulnerable members of our community.

We live in a thriving town, but low wages and a chronic lack of reasonably priced housing make it hard for young people and families to make a life in Bridport. Cuts to bus routes together with rising fares lead to isolation for people in villages and an increase in car use that is bad for the environment.

Austerity policies have meant cutbacks to our social services, creating a worrying rise in the demand for foodbanks and a growth in homeless people on our streets.

My priorities:

  • Supporting and building a strong and sustainable local economy.
  • Protecting our health service from cuts and privatisation.
  • Creating job opportunities and affordable housing that will enable young people to stay in Bridport.
  • Building a local transport system that links our town and nearby villages with the rest of the county.

Phyllida Culpin – Labour Candidate for West Dorset District Council (Bridport North Ward)

I really value what we have here in Bridport but we are being denied the opportunities and services that we need and deserve because of years of austerity cuts. It’s time that our local services deliver what we want.

I have worked in social housing and community development for many years, including in South Somerset and I am determined to see more decent housing in Bridport.

We need the areas that are key to our local economy: agriculture, tourism, arts, food, etc to be developed with support for new businesses and the creation of decent jobs and training to help our economy to thrive particularly creating opportunities for young people.

If elected, I want to know what you want and need – and I will try my hardest to deliver.  I will hold drop-ins to find out what your concerns are. I already know that housing, the environment and transport including traffic congestion are high up the list.

My current priorities are:

  • Ensuring that the current housing developments deliver affordable housing
  • Getting funding to develop our economy
  • Protecting our environment and getting rid of single use plastic in Bridport
  • Bringing back buses and reducing traffic congestion


Lyme Regis & Charmouth by-election

Belinda Bawden
Labour candidate for the West Dorset District Council By-Election 14th September 2017

I moved to Lyme Regis over twenty years ago to be part of this warm, vibrant community and to give my daughters the chance to grow up in this beautiful area. I have worked in local businesses and schools, and now work at the University of Exeter.

I am standing as your Labour councillor to put forward an alternative to the current policies of austerity. With the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, Labour has a clear and coherent alternative. West Dorset needs a Labour voice and I would be honoured to represent Lyme & Charmouth in campaigning for social, economic and environmental justice.

My mother was inspirational in her devotion to the Lyme Regis Town Council and subsequently as volunteer Hon Curator for the Lyme Regis Philpot Museum. My brother has been a Labour Councillor for many years. As my family and caring responsibilities have reduced, I am now able to devote more time to public service and to helping my local community as best I can.

It has been an exciting time in politics since the 2015 general election and particularly because membership of the Labour Party in West Dorset has rapidly increased. People are crying out for change and the Labour Party is offering hope and genuine alternatives to the unsustainable and unjust policies of austerity and cuts we have suffered under Conservative and Coalition governments. More people are becoming engaged in politics at every level and I would be delighted to be a Labour voice on the District Council, representing the people of Lyme Regis and Charmouth to the very best of my ability. I will campaign for more social housing, for better transport provision, for protecting public services and the NHS from further cuts and for the protection of the environment from fracking, pollution and over-industrialisation in areas of natural beauty and scientific interest.

Belinda Bawden