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meet the team

Meet the Liberal Democrat candidates for the January 12th 2023 by-elections.

Colin MacKenzie

Moor View

My name is Colin MacKenzie and I am the Liberal Democrat candidate for Moor View ward. I have lived with my family in Plymouth for 23 years and I am standing to be a councillor because I want to improve the quality of life for people in Plymouth, particularly in education, health and housing.

The city should give everyone the opportunity to make their best contribution to the local and national economy by providing outstanding schools and lifelong learning so that people can adapt their skills to the rapidly changing jobs market.

Poor mental health is a problem for many, and support and treatment must be made a higher priority and facilities expanded across the city to reduce waiting times.

Plymouth needs more social housing and affordable housing so that everyone has access to high quality, energy efficient housing that they can afford.

There should be a bigger focus on sustainable transport and reducing pollution in the city by adopting electric buses with affordable fares, improving cycling routes, and by increasing charging facilities for electric cars.

Let's build the future for Plymouth together as a great place to live, learn and work!

Mike Gillbard

Plympton Chaddlewood

I am Mike Gillbard and I am a former teacher and councillor originally from Cornwall, who chose to live and work in Plymouth 19 years ago. I work regularly at Harewood House Community Centre in Plympton.

I have recently been campaigning with the Armada Way Action Group (STRAW) to preserve the trees that are still standing. This campaign is also backed by Plymouth Liberal Democrats.

I believe that vast amounts are being spent on projects in the City Centre, but Chaddlewood needs its fair share too. A Youth Centre would help give young people a place to meet and enhance their lives as well as providing a counselling service.

Green areas with accompanying wildlife are essential to the environment with so many housing estates spread around the ward, they must be protected.

The Langage Industrial Estate provides welcome employment and opportunities for our young people, and with continued investment from the potential Freeport Initiatives should increase productivity.

I am experienced in how local councils work and in turn will work hard for all the residents of Chaddlewood.