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John Sweeney

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John Sweeney was the Liberal Democrats candidate in Berrylands in the Kingston upon Thames local election. Our volunteers have been adding information on John Sweeney - here's everything we know so far!

Party manifesto

John Sweeney was the Liberal Democrats candidate. Find out more about their policies from the Liberal Democrats Kingston upon Thames local election Local manifesto.

Statement to voters

I have lived in Berrylands with my family ( wife and two children) for over 10 years. I developed an interest in local politics as Chair of the Berrylands Scout Group. Along with volunteers and other parents I fought a successful campaign against Conservative rental increases and other unfair surcharges imposed on our local Scout group. Supported by 750 residents we secured a new 25 year lease and lower rent for the Scout Group. The same terms have now been extended to all Community Groups in Kingston. I was instrumental in launching the Berrylands Festival in 2016 which is now the biggest community event in our ward by far. Away from politics I run a business consultancy and am a member of the Surbiton Running Club.

This statement was added by John Sweeney, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.

Candidate pledges

Hope Not Hate, a London-based charity, canvassed local residents and community organisations to establish the following questions to the candidates in this ward.

How will you improve the social infrastructure on Alpha Road Estate?

We are actively listening to residents since we started our campaign. Last year we secured funding for Security Entry Systems on 8 blocks that had no security and was troubled with anti-social behaviour. We are talking to other residents about parking issues presently and also other reports of ASB. By forging relationships with residents, their associations and interests groups we will help shape social infrastructure improvements.

We recognise the need for additional schools across Kingston. We are seeking to build 3 new schools and will work to ensure that Berrylands/Alpha Road has adequate provision. A dementia. We will work to ensure the Dementia Centre in Berrylands is delivered by 2020. If elected we will help build relationships between local voluntary groups (e.g Scouts, Surbiton Running Clubs to involve Alpha Road residents.

How will you ensure there is a council-run and government-funded advice service which will help EU nationals register for settled status? And will you pledge your support for EU nationals to keep their right to vote after 29 March 2019

Berrylands candidates will work with fellow Liberal Councillors and National MP to support the provisions of EU nationals advice service. Two of us have EU National partners so are very close to this issue. Yes to the right to vote.

Should 16 years olds have the right to vote? Please elaborate on your answer.

Yes. As 16 year olds can be taxed then they should be able to vote. 16-18 years old having a say on the countries future increases political participation through engaging with parents/relatives/others (as for the Scottish Referendum) . This age groups turn out was 75% - so the interest is clearly there.

Local hustings

You can meet candidates and question them at local hustings. Here are hustings where John Sweeney may be appearing.

(Past event) Tuesday 24 April 2018 18:00–20:00: Local Election Hustings for Business, Kingston College LRC, 11th Floor, Kingston Hall Road KT1 2AQ.

Previous elections

This candidate has previously stood for election in:

  • 2018: The Kingston upon Thames local election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Berrylands

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