I served as an MP where I founded a cross party group on climate change Colin Challen
Colin Challen

Climate change is the biggest threat we face – we can already see changes in our seasons – unless more is done to combat global warming we face a very uncertain future. When I last served on Scarborough Borough Council I took a leading role seeking local solutions, including the creation of a new service called Choices4Energy. If elected I would do so again. I have also served as an MP, and played a major part then to press the issue by founding a cross party group of MPs to raise climate change up the political agenda. I still believe this requires cross party action.

I’ll fight for the arts, for the climate, and for better train services

Austerity has made life in Britain worse. It has made people poorer. Investment has not been made where it is needed. Local services have borne the brunt of the cuts. From fewer police to more homeless people sleeping rough, from struggling schools to elderly people not getting the care they need, the evidence is all around us

As we now know there will be no Brexit bonus, quite the reverse. Brexit could hit local businesses hard, and your local council must do all it can to help them. The hit on the economy will probably lead to more austerity and attacks on living standards. These local elections should be used to send a clear signal to Theresa May that Conservatives’ failed austerity game is up.

I have a wide range of experience representing people and speaking up for local communities. I would be proud to represent the people of Seamer, Crossgates and Irton. If elected one of my priorities would be to campaign for better train services. Years ago we were promised more trains, but they’ve not appeared. What we got instead are trains that are more jam packed than ever and often late. The last time I was on the Council I also campaigned hard on the issue of the ‘Irton Tree Scandal’ which saw our two local councils spending £100,000s of council taxpayers’ money on whether or not to chop down a beautiful tree in Main Street. This sort of waste has to be challenged.

Despite being a senior citizen (or perhaps because of) I have become a student again, studying for an M.A. in Fine Art at Teesside University. Culture, and art generally, is the Cinderella of local services and has been seen as a soft target for cuts. We need to be vigilant in Scarborough to protect the assets we have.

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