Meet our election candidates


2021 Local Elections: Meet our candidates in Reigate & Banstead

On Thursday, 6 May 2021, you have a chance to vote for councillors to represent you on both Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and Surrey County Council. Polling stations will be safe places to vote.  Polls are open between 7:00 am and 10:00 pm. 

If you want to vote by post or by proxy, you should apply as soon as possible here Surrey Council election site

If you have a Liberal Democrat candidate standing where you live, please give them your support. You can put up a poster to put in your window to show your support.

If you would like to help us win here by delivering leaflets, or join our local campaign team, please e-mail [email protected]

Candidates for Surrey County Council

The Reigate and Banstead area divided into County Council divisions, including:

Banstead, Woodmansterne and Chipstead

Mark JOHNSTON

Originally from Cheshire Mark has lived in the area for six years. He is an EU policy specialist with two decades working in Brussels on environmental protection legislation. Mark joined the Lib Dems after the 2016 referendum and hopes to see Brexit reversed within a decade. His priority is helping local businesses recover after the ‘double-whammy’ of the pandemic and dishonest Tory rule that has, for example, left the City financial services industry hit hard. Mark also wants to transform local mobility by making walking, cycling, buses and trains all more popular alongside fewer and cleaner private cars.

Horley West, Salfords and Sidlow

Geoff SOUTHALL

Long standing resident of Horley, Geoff has stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate in Horley West on several occasions. He has been a Surrey County Councillor.  He’s insistent about the full consideration of the economic, safety, noise and climate change implications of any proposals that make significant change to Gatwick. 

 

Merstham and Banstead South

Jemma DE VINCENZO

Jemma lives locally in Merstham. She chose to set up home in a community that benefits from green spaces and community facilities, viewing this as the perfect place to raise a family. As an NHS clinician working with schools, young people, and families daily, Jemma recognise the pressure services are under and the fight families face to get the support they need. She’s passionate about ensuring children and young people have the best start in life by protecting valuable services and promoting joined-up working so that all children can all have a brighter future.

Nork and Tattenhams

Andrew KNIGHTS

Andrew has been a Liberal Democrat for the past 40 years. He’s committed to a fair and equitable society where all sectors of the community have the same opportunities through education, work and life. He’s now standing for election to put his convictions into action. Andrew is a committed activist and now gives time to activities in Reigate and Banstead as well as across the South East Region. He believes that we must fight for our principles of being fair, green, and caring. He’s a committed European, married to a Belgian, with a son living in Germany.

Redhill East

Peter LAMBELL

Peter has lived in the Reigate area for most of his life. He is an active member of the community, representing Reigate as County Councillor from 2009-2013.

As a former Vice Chair of Governors at Brooklands School, he has a particular interest in education. He was the Lib Dem spokesperson for Education serving on the council's Education Select Committee. As a councillor, he successfully worked to protect bus services from cuts, and to ensure respite care for parents with disabled children.

He is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University and the College of Law and now works as a Business Analyst.

Redhill West and Meadvale

Steve KULKA

Steve has been a local Councillor since 2002. He has campaigned successfully for the completion of 6 pedestrian crossings and the reinstatement of footpaths for parents walking their children to school. He supported residents in successfully opposing the siting of seven mobile phone masts. He also successfully campaigned for many of our roads to be resurfaced. He has helped residents with numerous parking issues in residential roads, along with potholes, damaged kerbs, and drains. He has also pushed Surrey County Council to retain local bus routes. Steve would work to improve the working relationship between local council departments.

Reigate

John VINCENT

John has lived in Reigate for 30-years. He represented central Reigate as a County Councillor from 1993-1997 and a Reigate and Banstead Borough Councillor until 2000.

John has been campaigning since the mid-1980s and stood as a Lib Dem European and Westminster parliamentary candidate.  He has worked on policy and implementation of environmental, planning and transport problems.  He likes to walk in the local countryside, amateur gardening, and travel. John is a chartered engineer who has worked in aerospace and international aviation. In his retirement he runs a small charity and undertakes consultancy work on aircraft safety.

Tadworth, Walton and Kingswood

Chris THOMPSON

Christopher has lived in the area for the past 7 years with his wife and 8-year-old daughter. A financial columnist by background, he joined the Liberal Democrats in 2019 and takes a particular interest in policies designed to boost businesses and grow the economy in a more inclusive way. He is a volunteer at the Trussell Trust foodbank, a keen footballer and outdoor swimming enthusiast.        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candidates for Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

 

The Reigate and Banstead Borough is divided into wards, including:

Banstead Village

Mark JOHNSTON

Originally from Cheshire Mark has lived in the area for six years. He is an EU policy specialist with two decades working in Brussels on environmental protection legislation. Mark joined the Lib Dems after the 2016 referendum and hopes to see Brexit reversed within a decade. His priority is helping local businesses recover after the ‘double-whammy’ of the pandemic and dishonest Tory rule that has, for example, left the City financial services industry hit hard. Mark also wants to transform local mobility by making walking, cycling, buses and trains all more popular alongside fewer and cleaner private cars.

Hooley, Merstham and Netherne

Jemma DE VINCENZO

Jemma lives locally in Merstham. She chose to set up home in a community that benefits from green spaces and community facilities, viewing this as the perfect place to raise a family. As an NHS clinician working with schools, young people, and families daily, Jemma recognise the pressure services are under and the fight families face to get the support they need. She’s passionate about ensuring children and young people have the best start in life by protecting valuable services and promoting joined-up working so that all children can all have a brighter future.

Horley West and Sidlow

Geoff SOUTHALL

Long standing resident of Horley, Geoff has stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate in Horley West on several occasions. He has been a Surrey County Councillor.  He’s insistent about the full consideration of the economic, safety, noise and climate change implications of any proposals that make significant change to Gatwick. 

 

Lower Kingswood, Tadworth and Walton

Chris THOMPSON

Christopher has lived in the area for the past 7 years with his wife and 8-year-old daughter. A financial columnist by background, he joined the Liberal Democrats in 2019 and takes a particular interest in policies designed to boost businesses and grow the economy in a more inclusive way. He is a volunteer at the Trussell Trust foodbank, a keen footballer and outdoor swimming enthusiast.        

Meadvale and St. John's

Martin ELBOURNE

Martin has lived in Redhill for 25 years. He has worked in the live music industry for over 40 years. Martin is best known for his work with Glastonbury Festival and co-founding the great escape and Womad festivals. He also works as an advisor to various governments and cities on their music strategies. Martin is keen on helping to create a more vibrant Redhill town centre particular its evening economy. As a dog owner he’s very aware of the poor conditions of many of our local paths in our open spaces. Improving these would be of a priority for him as a Councillor.

   

Nork

Claude KNIGHTS

Claude is a committed professional working on family and child protection issues. She wants to see a fair and equitable society where all sectors of the community are given the same opportunities to achieve their full potential. If elected, Claude pledges to do her best for the constituents of Nork. The Liberal Democrat principles of being fair, green, and caring reflect universal values and provide a solid moral compass. She will highlight the inadequacies of the Conservatives and their policies, which demean the NHS, fail to manage Covid-19, fail the police service, and fail the country through Brexit.

Redhill West and Wray Common

Stuart HOLMES

Stuart has lived in Redhill and Reigate all his life. He lives in Redhill with his wife and 2 children. He attended South Park, St Luke’s, and St Bede’s schools. If elected Stuart promises to work hard, listen, and get things done for Redhill West & Wray Common residents Stuart's top priorities are: Making Redhill greener by reducing the Borough’s carbon footprint and supporting biodiversity, making active travel safer with m             ore cycle lanes, school streets and reduce urban speed limits to 20mph and repairing our roads and footpaths, and protecting Redhill’s green spaces.

Reigate

John VINCENT

John has lived in Reigate for 30-years. He represented central Reigate as a County Councillor from 1993-1997 and a Reigate and Banstead Borough Councillor until 2000.

John has been campaigning since the mid-1980s and stood as a Lib Dem European and Westminster parliamentary candidate.  He has worked on policy and implementation of environmental, planning and transport problems.  He likes to walk in the local countryside, amateur gardening, and travel. John is a chartered engineer who has worked in aerospace and international aviation. In his retirement he runs a small charity and undertakes consultancy work on aircraft safety.

Nork and Tattenhams

Andrew KNIGHTS

Andrew has been a Liberal Democrat for the past 40 years. He’s committed to a fair and equitable society where all sectors of the community have the same opportunities through education, work and life. He’s now standing for election to put his convictions into action. Andrew is a committed activist and now gives time to activities in Reigate and Banstead as well as across the South East Region. He believes that we must fight for our principles of being fair, green, and caring. He’s a committed European, married to a Belgian, with a son living in Germany.


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