Candidates clash as question time held for Harlow District Council Elections

Elections / Fri 19th Apr 2024 at 08:18am

ON THURSDAY night, over 100 people gathered for a special Harlow District Council elections held at Passmores Academy.

The panel was formed of six leaders of the parties who are looking for your votes.

Seated from left to right: Chris Vince (Labour), Mark Gough (UKIP), Nicholas Taylor (Harlow Alliance Party), Dan Swords (Conservative), Will Tennison (Lib Dem) and Yasmin Gregory (Green).

Over 1 hour and 45 minutes, a whole host of subjects were discussed from town centre regeneration, council tax, crime, opportunities for young people, housing and a lot more.

Thank you to all those who came along and those who submitted questions.

Details of all candidates can be found below.

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21 Comments for Candidates clash as question time held for Harlow District Council Elections:

Alex Kyriacou
2024-04-19 09:45:32

Thank you for hosting, Michael! It was a good hustings.

peter henegan
2024-04-19 09:46:59

YH, It wasn't really possible to hear what Chris Vince was saying due to his illness. Would it be possible for him to repeat his answers when he has recovered, or to provide a written transcript, please?

2024-04-19 10:07:42

YH , well done. As far as candidates went. Greens , spoke well , but possibly will not get enough votes if its a low turn out. HAP , also spoke well but possibly same problem as greens. UKIP. Sorry I know you should not go by appearance, but he looked like he didn't bother , sorry again but far too scruffy, could not take him seriously. Next time try putting on suit as others did. Liberal . Very good speaker , one for the future. Labour. Looked like a child who was falsed to go round his nans , didn't seem to want to be there , could see he was not well so understandable , should have had a replacement, but I imagine if he had not turned up it would have looked bad on him , so well done for showing up. Tory , spoke very well and confidently. My opinion he won on the night

David Forman
2024-04-19 10:10:27

Labour's Chris Vince should have had the common sense to nominate someone to stand in for him knowing that his croaky voice would prove a problem. That's what happens when someone puts self-interest and career ahead of party and town considerations.

David Forman
2024-04-19 10:11:42

Labour's Chris Vince should have had the common sense to nominate someone to stand in for him knowing that his croaky voice would prove a problem. That's what happens when someone puts self-interest ahead of wider considerations.

2024-04-19 10:40:34

Dan Swords spoke the best and had the most passion in his answers, particularly around Regeneration. One thing you have to agree on is that the local Conservatives are most definitely the most professional and best party in Harlow - However, at national level, the Tories have made it so hard for Local Conservatives as people are going to misguide National Level politics with Local. The Local Tories in 2-3 years have done so much more than Labour in 10+ years. Local Labour do not know how to attract and work with the private sector to plan and deliver prosperity. National Level, Labour should win though

2024-04-19 10:43:52

Thanks for putting the event on YH and well chaired Michael - I'd come to more events like this. Considering how poor our financial situation is (very low growth, inflation, etc), I think all of the panellists should have been much clearer on the tough choices they'll have to make on spending. If council tax will be frozen for another three years, that is a cut in income because of inflation. For those that just said they'll look at the books when elected, how can you be clear about what you will do in office if you don't know where the money will come from. Whoever wins the next general election, I doubt they will be able to send more money to local councils.

2024-04-19 12:38:10

Steve, re your point about a cut in income, yes inflation does cause an effective cut in income but against that, every new home that is occupied I would presume increases the council income.

2024-04-19 13:53:22

Peter, I'd thought the same. I assume someone somewhere calculates what a new home pays in tax against what it costs in services - be good to know what the sums are.

Bruce Downey
2024-04-19 14:40:21

🥱 Those of us with short attention span.. can we possibly have highlights.(the best bits)?😏

2024-04-19 15:36:15

Bruce, for your benefit, here is a brief summary of the night:- -Chris Vince mumbled through the entire night. He was ill, but he could have asked one of the 33 wonderful candidates that he spoke about numerous times to represent him. His body language said 'I don't want to be here'. - Yasmin Gregory got the biggest laugh with ' I am standing up' - HAP started every statement with, 'I am not defending the Labour party but.........' - It was good to see the Liberal Democrat candidate representing the younger residents of Harlow. The future looks bright for this chap. - Dan Swords was the only candidate to actually answer the questions asked with any substance.

2024-04-19 16:56:17

Thank you mr Casey for organising this and putting the film on here for those of us who could'nt make it to watch.Yasmin was great,hopes she does well.Thought the liberal candidate will Tennison was outstanding,one to watch in the future.The young people desperately need a voice.Nicholas Taylor was great,UKIP put their points well.Hope Chris Vince feels better soon,he obviously wasn't well and Dan Swords was smug and arrogant.Whoever gets in really does need to give the young people a voice and listen to their issues.

2024-04-19 17:22:26

Resident. Dan Swords is young

2024-04-20 07:10:24

You can't polish a . Still waiting for Dan to lay down in front of the bulldozers as he so publicly and eloquently proclaimed about Purford Green. The state if the town speaks volumes, especially the town centre, like a bombsite, still a Market Square that is no longer a much and long demanded market under the combined efforts of both Labour and Conservative parties. Add to which, these parties opened the door to a future massive overload of the town and decimation by hggt pfp on behalf of property developers and Tory Epping, Tory East Herts, Tory Essex and Tory Herts Councils with no benefits for Harlow. The Conservatives are building another new bus station rather than getting more buses and "giving" Harlow a new Hospital by shifting PAH out of town into Epping district. Fine words and promises don't cut it, the evidence of the failures speak volumes.

Nicholas Taylor
2024-04-20 07:31:44

During the time I had to speak, I tried to dispel many of the claims being made by the Tories. Many residents are receiving election leaflets almost on a daily basis, pumping out misleading information which only HAP are trying to hold them to account. We did the same thing during the period 2018 to 2021 when Labour controlled the Council. The facts are of course that any new hospital is at least 10 years away and will not be in Harlow, the formerly named Public Health England are not relocating to Harlow, the Tories cannot stop the development on the Green Belt around the south and south west of Harlow and the performance in respect of council housing is not as it seems. If elected, our 4 Harlow Alliance candidates will continue to scrutinise whichever Party is in control of the council. We have our own agenda, a look at our website will give a good idea of the things we will promote.

Paul King
2024-04-20 11:32:40

The Greens, as evidenced by growing from 11 to 24 candidates now standing at this election, are clearly the fastest growing party. As a Harlow Green Party candidate, I believe that by Harlow electing Greens to the council we have the ability to make a difference by both holding power to account AND to promote co-operative working within the council. Let's find our common ground, make great things happen and reduce the spite and fighting in local politics, for the good of all!

Mark Gough
2024-04-20 15:02:33

Eddie let me answer the point of why I didn't wear a suit. Firstly neither did Chris Vince nor Nik Taylor. Take their jackets off and you get the same as me. Secondly, I was a Councillor from 2000-4, and 2008-12. I wore a suit at Full Council and smart casual at other meetings. Let me explain why. A lot of residents told me they found people in suits intimidating. They associated them with jobs like Bank Managers and did not find them approachable. As a Councillor I want people to feel they can talk to me at anytime about anything as their elected representative. I have had this conversation with many people - and older people feel more as you do. But I want everyone to feel I am available for them. I hope that makes sense, and I hope many of my responses make sense to you. Best wishes. Mark Gough -Leader Harlow UKIP

Emma blakey
2024-04-21 13:46:36

As I couldn't attend... please can some tell me if my question about sycamore field was asked to Dan swords

2024-04-21 15:51:19

Emma Blakey. I am sorry it was not . But many questions was not asked. We was not given enough time. I think the question of Sycamore Field was very important.

2024-04-21 15:57:45

Emma . I suggest you ask on this site , as I know all councillors read these comments , and you may get a reply on this site , if they are decent enough people

Emma blakey
2024-04-21 16:48:21

My question is all the promised help for housing as a private tenant in scyamore field has not happened we haven't even had a meeting with any .. all the promises Dan all lies shame on u

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