Mark Gower Labour Candidate Hersham SouthMark Gower_small

I am a dedicated father and family man. I am married to Eve and we have 2 daughters, Daisy aged 11 who studies at Rydens Enterprise School and Molly aged 8 who attends Burhill Community School in Hersham. Four generations of my family live in the borough of Elmbridge.

I am currently Programme Director at Regent’s University London. I graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1999 with an MA in Architecture and Interiors and formerly attended Kingston University, where I achieved a BA (Hons) in Interior Design with First Class Honours.

I have worked with various design companies and been responsible for leading design teams for major clients in the UK and worldwide.

At 16 I signed for Newcastle United Football club but after a series of bad injuries decided to focus on my education.

Putting creativity at the heart of education is my preoccupation and I have given talks on the subject at a number of secondary schools. I believe the main role of a councillor is to listen. My father once said to me “you have two ears and one mouth son.” and that has been my ethos throughout my life.”

Policies

I am passionate about education and want to see all children realise their potential. I fully support Labour’s manifesto commitment to cap class sizes for five, six and seven year olds. Labour has also promised to protect the entire education budget from early years through to post 16 education. Many young people want to pursue a more technical education and Labour’s plan to introduce a new gold-standard Technical Baccalaureate for 16 to 18 year olds will help them achieve this.

Locally the high price of homes is causing huge problems for our community. In particular not enough low cost social housing is being built and the promise of more social housing when Elmbridge transferred its housing stock has not been realised. The extension of the right to buy to Housing Association tenants could further deplete the stock of social housing for rent. I fully support Labour’s commitment to build 200,000 new homes every year with the first priority going to local people.

The NHS is vital for all our communities and all will benefit from the Labour promise that we should have a GP appointment within 48 hours. The NHS locally has had its problems and I am concerned that further Conservative cuts would have a devastating effect.

Our roads are clogged with cars parked all day and I will press for better planning to create more off street parking. I commute to London every day and want to see fares at a realistic and affordable level with more trains to combat overcrowding.

If elected to Elmbridge Council I will work to ensure that any Conservative cuts do not hit the most vulnerable in our community.
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Other Candidates:
John Sheldon (Conservative)
Andrew Sturgis (Liberal Democrat)
Simon Gordon (UKIP)
Mark Gower (Labour)

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