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On 2nd May 2019, members of your local Liberal Democrat party will be standing for election to Rushmoor Borough Council. Find out a bit more about them, and how they hope to represent you and your local area, below.

Farnborough

Cherrywood - Shaun Murphy

Shaun standing in front of a green park area in Cherrywood

Shaun Murphy will be standing for the Liberal Democrats in the forthcoming Local Elections for the ward of Cherrywood. Shaun a former Rushmoor Councillor lives in the ward and has many years of experience campaigning and listening to residents views. He is concerned about the state of our town centre the lack of community space available to local groups following the closure of the Farnborough community Centre.

Cove and Southwood - Jill Whyman

Jill Whyman (Rushmoor Liberal Democrats)

I joined the Liberal Democrats 2 days after the EU Referendum, deciding it was time I signed up and helped promote the tolerant, liberal outlook I believe this country is respected for.

I have lived in Farnborough for 17 of the last 22 years during which I initially combined working in insurance with studying for both a degree and post-graduate with the Open University. Now I work an an exam invigilator, when needed! I enjoy swimming, reading, knitting, camping and bird-watching and am also a Morris dancer.

To continue to improve our borough, we must tackle the recycling rates, currently much lower than adjoining areas, by examining the reasons and ensure action is taken. We can't let them be better than us!

Knellwood - Nick March

Nick March (Rushmoor Liberal Democrats)

I joined the Liberal Democrats the week that parliament voted to trigger Article 50. I felt it was reckless and irresponsible of Labour and Conservative MPs to start the formal process of leaving the EU at a time when Britain still couldn't agree on what its relationship with Europe should be. I decided that it was time to nail my colours to the mast and join a party that would fight for civil liberties, peace, cooperation and rational decision making.

Since joining the Liberal Democrats I have become increasingly aware of the local issues affecting Farnborough. I am an active member and supporter of North Camp Support Group and their campaign to oppose the widening of Lynchford Road. With some proper planning and foresight, the council could have ensured that the Wellesley development fully connected with the A331, which would have significantly reduced the impact to existing roads and residents, but instead traffic continues to increase on Lynchford Road, and now local residents are bearing the brunt.

People I speak to feel that the Conservative led local and county councils are more interested in working with property developers and big businesses than with local residents. We've just lost our community centre, and if we're not careful that whole area and its green spaces will become soulless commuter flats. Yes we need to build homes, but not at any cost - Farnborough should be a place that we can all take pride in, long after the developers have made their money and moved on.

St Marks - Alain Dekker

Alain Dekker with Cllr Abul Koher Chowdhury (Rushmoor Liberal Democrats)Alain Dekker, with his wife and daughter, has lived in Rushmoor since 2011 and works as a Software Engineer at an engineering company also based in Rushmoor.

Locally, Alain is passionate about cycling, environmental issues and community activities such as music. His hobbies include music and board games. Alain plays bassoon. His wife and daughter are also musicians. Alain has competed in World Championships in Chinese Chess and Backgammon and won the prestigious Pentamind competition at the Mind Sports Olympiad.

Politically, Alain is dismayed and angry at the approach our government has taken to Brexit and believes the only way to bring the country together is through a confirmatory referendum. Alain is committed to protecting the environment, supporting active transport. Alain believes international co-operation is the only way to tackle issues such as climate change and terrorism. He believes in fighting all forms of tyranny, including the demand to conform.

West Heath - Craig Card

Craig Card wearing a yellow Liberal Democrat rosetteCraig Card is a former Rushmoor councillor and standing in the West Heath ward on May 2nd and has lived in Cheyne Way for most of the last 30 years.

Craig is campaigning on issues including parking which appear to be increasing in many areas including Medway Drive, Cheyne Way and Beta Road to name a few and the redevelopment of Farnborough town Centre.

Aldershot

Rowhill - Alan Hilliar

Alan Hilliar, Prospective Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Aldershot and Farnborough (Rushmoor Liberal Democrats)

Alan and Carolyn live in Cranmore Close, with border collie Rosie. They're active in the Church of the Ascension in Ayling Lane and sing with the Voices Together Community Choir. Their four growing grandchildren bring loads of joy.

Alan works as a technology consultant, helping HR departments get more from their systems, and volunteers with a local homelessness charity. He relaxes by solo singing, performing in local amateur musicals and taking walks in the local countryside. He cares about our town centre, our countryside and environment, opportunities for young people, and encouraging people to change our community for the better.

Wellington - Thomas Mitchell

Tom Mitchell (Rushmoor Liberal Democrats)Just before the 2017 general election, I Joined the Liberal Democrats. For all my passion I felt nothing was going to change unless I did my part. At that time I was working for Hampshire fire and rescue service as a retained firefighter alongside my day job as a dispenser within optics. Time was hard to come by. Since leaving HFRS and progressing within optics I've had the time to focus on local politics. I'm dedicated to becoming a very effective councillor and shaping the future of Rushmoor, something I've always been passionate about.