Aston was the Labour Party’s Parliamentary Candidate for Southend West in the last General Election, and for the last couple of years he has represented our Party in our fight for the Council, in Chalkwell Ward.

Aston has lived in Southend-on-Sea his whole life. He is the manager of a small business and he is an active community campaigner for causes including the NHS, environment, and affordable housing.

Aston says, “Southend is a beautiful place to live, but it is certainly not without its troubles. Here, we face high rates of burglary and drug-crime, perpetual problems with parking, and a population increasingly concerned by the growing threats to local NHS services.

“People need only take a stroll along our previously bustling commercial centres, such as Southend High Street and Hamlet Court Road, to see the effects of the Conservative Government’s policies and increasing competition from online retail. The pandemic has taken a further toll. As the manager of local businesses, I have a keen understanding of the day-to-day struggles they face. In the wake of relentless austerity measures, consumers are tightening their belts and spending less, this of course has a direct impact on our town’s businesses. These ineffective cuts need to be addressed at both national and local level if we are to reinvigorate small business in Southend.

“Our Labour Councillors in Westborough have worked hard to ensure the area gets its fair share of resources. Cllr Charles Willis has moved away for work reasons and we need to replace him on the Council with another hard-working representative who understands local people and the needs of Westborough. I have close ties to the Ward, my family’s business is on West Road, I spent most of my teenage weekends working for my late father in Glenwood Avenue, and I have a great many relatives and friends living here. I will fight tirelessly for the needs of Westborough and I promise to be an unrelenting voice on Southend Council for residents right across the Borough.

“A vote for me is a vote for a strong voice on the Council. I am already fighting to save our struggling NHS, fighting to invest in our schools, to end homelessness, to address crime and antisocial behaviour, and to make the vital local changes needed to tackle the global climate crisis.”

Contact Aston:
Tel: 01702 619868 (please leave a message if necessary and Aston will call you back)
Post: Aston Line, Westborough Labour, 268 Sutton Road, Southend-on-Sea SS2 5ET

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