Duryard and St James - Exeter City Council Candidate
I am proud to have been selected as the Labour candidate for Duryard & St James in the upcoming City Council elections. I am excited about the prospect of building on the work that Councillor Keith Owen has done for the community and, if elected, I vow to continue Labour’s record of delivery in the ward.
I have lived in Exeter for twenty years and have, throughout, been engaged in our community working to improve our city for all residents. I have a track record of delivery, whether that was during my time as a workplace trade union rep or volunteering with Exeter Foodbank, helping those cast adrift by the terrible austerity of the last decade. I have also been a volunteer with Citizens Advice Exeter where I have gained a real insight into the challenges faced by the people of Exeter. I have helped people to find suitable housing and to fight back against injustice. This experience will be invaluable in my role as your councillor.
My work in the community has given me an insight into the challenges faced by local people, be that insecure work and housing, the welfare crisis made worse by the pandemic or the need for development that benefits all without harming the planet. These issues are the reason I am standing on a Labour platform as I know that a Labour City Council has the policies to help our city to thrive, a green city with the goal of net-zero carbon by 2030 – one of the most ambitious targets in the country. New Passivhaus homes, an electric vehicle fleet, solar farms, safeguarding green spaces, mass tree planting, city centre regeneration- all these are only possible if you return a Labour councillor in this election.
Once restrictions are lifted I look forward to meeting with as many of you as possible. Until that time please don’t hesitate to get in touch through my facebook page.
Martin is an experienced grassroots campaigner active with his work in Exeter Labour Party, community groups and the Trade Union movement.