Labour Party Candidate Profiles 2021

Woking Borough Council Election

Canalside

Tahir Aziz lives and works in Woking, where he runs his own mortgage advice and property management company. He is an experienced councillor, having worked for residents for seven years and Leader of the Labour Group in Woking Borough Council. As a member of the Planning Committee, he has consistently stood up for the rights of residents, campaigning for affordable homes and against overdevelopment of the town centre. He has also proposed reform of Woking Borough Council’s debt collection practices, campaigning for reduced use of bailiffs.

Hoe Valley

Sabir Hussain has brought up his family in Woking, where he runs a property development company. A financial supporter and board member of many local organisations, including the Woking Trussell Trust foodbank, Woking hospice, York Road shelter and the Labour party. He is one of the biggest individual donors of the local Hospice. A member of the Labour Party for over 30 years, including Parliamentary Candidate for Woking in the 2001 General Election, he is passionate about supporting his local community and fighting against cuts to public services.

Knaphill

Dr Gerry Mitchell is a social researcher, who has lived in Woking with her family for 12 years. She is Chair of Woking Labour and stood as their Parliamentary Candidate in the 2019 General Election. She has observed at close hand the Conservative council’s debt fuelled overdevelopment of the town in a context of complacency, cronyism and lack of transparency. She would like to bring her policy background, which includes working in local government and Parliament, to the scrutiny of Woking Borough Council and the delivery of a post-pandemic strategy that revitalises the town’s economy, housing, infrastructure and public services.

Pyrford

Samar Chaudhary lives in Woking with his family and runs his own electrician business. He was Secretary of the Pakistan Muslim Welfare Association (PMWA) based in Woking, a volunteer funeral provider. He is passionate about campaigning against further cuts to public services, for a better post-pandemic town strategy than the Conservatives are offering – one that includes local green jobs and more affordable housing.

Surrey County Council Election

Goldsworth East and Horsell Village

Mike Kelly is a Chartered Accountant who has lived in Woking for over twenty years. He is a Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator and works to help people on issues that are important to them, including campaigning to allow local communities to adopt 20 mph speed limits when they are appropriate. If elected he will hold the Council and its officers to account, try and get value for money for taxpayers and make residents’ voices heard in between, not just at, election times.

Knaphill and Goldsworth West

Dr Gerry Mitchell is a social researcher, who has lived in Woking with her family for 12 years. She is Chair of Woking Labour and stood as their Parliamentary Candidate in the 2019 General Election. Her work with the community through the local Labour party, volunteering and teaching locally means she is aware of the impact of cuts to education, emergency public services and adult social care. She would provide a much needed informed and critical voice on the county council.

Woking North

Mohammad Ali, a Chartered Engineer and Project Manager, is an experienced sitting Labour councillor, having represented Canalside ward for five years. He has consistently warned about the huge levels of debt created by the Conservatives, council loans to private companies and the lack of transparency in the council. He has campaigned against rises in council tax, parking fees and burial costs and opposed cuts to emergency services and adult social care. He has a proven track record of working with residents and encouraging their participation. A county council with one Labour councillor out of 81 is no good for democracy. It leads to complacency and cronyism. Voting for Ali will ensure a critical voice working for residents in Surrey County Council.

Woking South

Sabir Hussain has brought up his family in Woking, where he runs a property development company. A financial supporter and board member of many local organisations, including the Woking Trussell Trust foodbank, Woking hospice, York Road shelter and the Labour party. He is one of the biggest individual donors of the local Hospice. A member of the Labour Party for over 30 years, including Parliamentary Candidate for Woking in the 2001 General Election, he is passionate about supporting his local community and fighting against cuts to public services.

Woking South West

Sharaz Hussain was born and brought up in Woking, attending local schools. Passionate about his local community, he is a member of his local cricket club, on the Shah Jahan Mosque Management Committee and a supporter and sponsor of local football teams. He would fight against further cuts to public services, particularly emergency fire and rescue services and for post-pandemic investment in Woking’s local schools, community resources and public infrastructure.

Introducing Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Woking

Dr Gerry Mitchell in her own words . . .

I live in Woking with my partner and two children and I am running to become Woking Constituency’s next Member of Parliament because I care passionately about our community and our country, and I know that a better government is possible.     

 

Having worked and volunteered in local schools, and at Woking’s advice centre for the Surrey Disabled People’s Partnership before it was shut down, I have seen the toll austerity and cuts have taken on Woking’s residents.   

 

The country is getting richer, but that wealth is concentrated in the hands of the few. Local families can’t afford to feed themselves, using food banks to survive. We all worry about cuts to the NHS and our emergency public services. We see the underfunding in our children’s schools and know people that no longer leave their homes because of cuts imposed on disability support.     

 

These are some of the devastating impacts of government policies on the people of Woking since 2010. The economy is not delivering rising standards for the majority of people.

 

My background is in social research and I have worked at the London School of Economics, for local government and in both Houses of Parliament. As a social policy researcher, I know there is a better alternative –  building a new economy that works for the many.    

 

Labour will introduce a green industrial New Deal to transform our economy, bring an end to austerity, introduce a genuine living wage, build more council homes and ensure more security for those in the rented sector. We will properly fund our public services and bring utilities and transport into public ownership, so that people are no longer ripped off by their energy bills and transport costs. These policies will work. And they will have a hugely positive impact on the lives of Woking’s residents.

 

While there is scaremongering in the media, the tax system will not change for a majority of people in this country. The proposed changes to income tax will only affect the top 5% of the country’s earners – anyone who earns less than £80,000 will not be affected.    

 

I understand that people in Woking are worried about Brexit. If you want to avoid a hard Brexit, the only party to vote for is the Labour Party. We will get a deal done that protects jobs, workers’ rights and the Environment then put it back to you for the final say.

 

A vote for me is a vote for change and a vote for a real voice for Woking.