Martin Costello – South Swindon’s UKIP candidate

Swindon UKIP Chairman Lincoln Williams has welcomed the news of an early election.

Given the cuts and austerity imposed on Local Authorities by the Conservative government, we now have an opportunity to expose and resist the government agenda.

We shall be fighting extremely hard to support the NHS and we want to force a referendum on the Council Tax rises that were placed on the electorate with a flawed consultation process, and demand that this immoral decision that allows Council Tax to be totally uncapped should be reversed.

Currently we have not found anybody in office willing to speak on behalf of the town. We would like to challenge the government on key decisions and ensure that Swindon is not neglected as it so often has been in the past.

We have two very strong candidates including our ‘Farage disciple’ Martin Costello who is extremely passionate about Swindon and is keen to hold those in power to account with the questions many people are thinking but are not asking. Our town is in desperate need of better representation in parliament. As a committed Swindonian and someone who has experienced life outside the ‘Westminster Bubble’ he is anxious to ensuring that our crumbling heritage such as the Mechanics Institute, Carriage Works and Locarno are preserved for future generations to enjoy. Costello is committed to equality for all and he vows to protect the most vulnerable in our society who have been neglected or discriminated against by giving the ‘ordinary people’ back their voice.

It is a tragedy that in 2017 we are seeing homeless people on our streets in the town and hardworking family’s falling into poverty and becoming dependent on food banks. We want to see all of our constituents receiving a good service from the Local Authority and proper support for all those who genuinely need it.

The aim of UKIP is to be a voice of opposition and keep the governments feet to the fire on key issues that will ensure a fair deal for all and not give those in power a blank cheque to push their own centerist agenda.

This is a unique opportunity for Swindon voters to genuinely turn the fortunes of the town and help her inhabitants including those of all faiths and cultures.

Sarah Church – South Swindon’s Labour and Cooperative candidate

As a former Army officer, parent, campaigner and community volunteer, Sarah is now standing for Parliament as South Swindon’s Labour and Cooperative candidate. Sarah is a life-long feminist and is passionate about equal rights for women and men. She is the wife, daughter and grand-daughter of feminists. Sarah’s inspiration to be a woman of action and ideas in the world is her mother Caroline, an NHS doctor for 40 years and mother of five. Caroline showed Sarah that trails can and should be blazed. It seems apt that Sarah has three daughters who she hopes will grow up in a world where they can realise their dreams.

Sarah’s pledges for South Swindon are:

  • Protect jobs in Swindon as we enter Brexit negotiations
  • Fight to increase per pupil funding in real terms for Swindon’s schools
  • Intervene to prevent creeping privatisation of our local health services
  • Promote integration of health and social care services
  • Protect affordable housing as your right

You can contact Sarah in these ways:

Twitter: @Sarah_C_Church

Votes for Women – Vote for Someone!

In 1907, when suffragette Edith New was arrested and imprisoned for the first time, the Prime Minister was Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman of the Liberal Party.  He resigned and was succeeded in 1908 by Herbert Henry Asquith and in 1910 the Liberals won for the last time with the support of the Irish Nationalists.

For Edith’s family back at home in Swindon the men in December 1910 voted as part of the Cricklade Parliamentary Borough.  They had two choices: Liberal candidate Richard Cornthwaite Lambert and Liberal Unionist Thomas Charles Pleydell Calley and the Liberals won by a majority of 128.

Swindon did not get its own constituency until 1918 when it elected one MP.  In 1997 Swindon split into North and South and now elects two MPs.  Edith New and her family lived in various homes in Old Town which now falls under the South Swindon constituency.

On June 8th women and men in South Swindon will have the choice of four candidates and we have offered all candidates the opportunity to share their election pledges and campaign.

The candidates are Sarah Church for the Labour Party, Talis Kimberley-Fairbourn for the Green Party, Stan Pajak for Liberal Democrats and Robert Buckland for the Conservatives.

You still have until the 22nd May to register to vote online https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

This takes 5 minutes and if you are living in the UK all you will need is your National Insurance number and details of your name and address.  If you are living abroad and applying to vote by proxy or postal vote you will need your Passport Number as well.

If you need help registering, learning about your candidates, finding your polling station or voting on the day please get in touch as we know of a number of volunteers, including ourselves who would be happy to help you.

Edith New was imprisoned several times, and went on hunger strike, to enable women to have their voices heard and be able to vote.  We implore women and men everywhere to turn out for this important election and vote.

On this day 140 years ago…

Edith New was born – Happy Birthday Edith!

We are very fortunate to be able to share some family photos of Edith, before and after her career as a suffragette, these are owned by her great-niece and held in a private collection (copyright applies).

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Edith (left), brother Frederick, mother Isabella (centre), sister Ellen (standing), as yet unidentified young man
Another family photo, Edith is at the front, now wearing her hair up
Edith was a teacher, here she is with her class at St Mary’s School in Lewisham
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Edith and her companion Nea, who she was still living with at her death in 1951
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Edith in Cornwall, she is buried in Polperro where she lived after retiring
Edith (without hat) and friend
Edith (with hat) and friends
Edith (back row)
75 Edith and Nea
Edith (without hat) and Nea
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Edith with her sister Ellen and great-niece Mary