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Hexham Branch

The Hexham Branch covers the area of the Parliamentary constituency of Hexham and includes the towns of Hexham, Prudhoe, Ponteland, Haltwhistle and Bellingham.

Candidates

Suzanne Fairless-Aitken

Suzanne Fairless-Aitken

Dr. Suzanne Fairless-Aitken has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to contest Hexham East Ward at the next Northumberland County Council elections.

Suzanne was born in Kenton Bar, Newcastle Upon Tyne. She says: 'I have lived and worked in Hexham since 2003, and absolutely love it here. I am a working-mum and freelance editor. Both my children attend local schools, and I believe in the importance of education to end social inequalities, and also in protecting the environment - the consequences of which affects everything.

I have been involved in and led many campaigns in Tynedale - for example against austerity cuts and against KS1 SATs, and to stop the deletion of Hexham Green Belt in 2016. I am also involved with local environmental groups including Hexham Climate Action. I was one of the Tynedale 'STARS' campaign team who helped save our rural first and middle schools during the NCC consultation in 2018, and secured the much-needed redevelopment of Queen Elizabeth High School.

I am currently working with the Hexham Kids Bank distributing clothes and essentials to families in need across Tynedale, which is being expanded into a family charity that deals with child poverty and domestic abuse issues.'
Dawn Bailey

Dawn Bailey

Dawn Bailey has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to contest South Tynedale Ward at the next Northumberland County Council elections.

Dawn says: "I am a part time wheelchair user, living in the Allendale area since 2018, originally from Shiremoor. Myself and my husband live with one 5 year old shih tzu. My main priorities, growing up in a family of many mechanics and miners and having experienced lack of transport for 7 years - being without a car until last year - are road safety and general public transport to improve access to workplaces and medical facilities for people."
Ginnie O'Farrell

Ginnie O'Farrell

Ginnie O'Farrell has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to contest Hexham Central with Acomb Ward at the next Northumberland County Council elections.

Ginnie says: "I'm a self-employed, single mum, living in Central Hexham. A former teacher of English and Drama at secondary level, I have a keen eye on the impact of Covid-19 on young people in terms of education, future opportunities and mental health. I'm passionate about social justice and progressive change in our unbalanced society, fairness and equality for all citizens living in the UK and am a keen supporter of a cleaner, greener way of life. I set up Hexham Fresh Food Bank during lockdown in April, allowing me to coordinate growers to support those hit hardest by the Covid crisis - and to indulge my own enjoyment of working on my allotment."
Dave Armstrong

Dave Armstrong

Dave Armstrong has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to contest Ponteland East and Stannington Ward at the next Northumberland County Council elections.

Dave has strong interests in education and in green issues and sustainable living. (You can see some of his "Taste not waste" recipes on the Hexham fresh food bank site.)
Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to contest Bellingham Ward at the next Northumberland County Council elections.

Kevin is a retired doctor who lives in Bellingham and enjoys walking, swimming, cycling and sailing in the beautiful tranquillity of the Northumberland countryside.

His passion for social justice has caused Kevin to campaign for an end to world hunger, sell fairtrade products as a Traidcraft Rep and work, for a number of years, as a doctor in an African hospital. Later, he worked across the North East in Industrial and Occupational Medicine for 16 years giving him an understanding of people's jobs, the impact of disease or disabilities and the importance of good employment practices. A recent spell as a full-time carer for his mum has given him even greater appreciation of the issues of community health and social care.

Kevin's deep concern for the environment has seen him campaign on climate issues, join the Woodland Trust, plant trees and volunteer with Transition Tynedale, a community interest company supporting a variety of environmental projects.

"I joined the Liberal Democrats to campaign for our local Parliamentary candidate and the party with the most progressive and fiscally credible plans," said Kevin. "The failure of the current Northumberland administration to respond to local concerns motivated me to stand to represent Bellingham as a Liberal Democrat County Councillor. My aim would be to improve representation of the public's views by being more accessible to the people of the ward and by regularly attending the various parish councils ."