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meet the team

Meet the Liberal Democrat Team and our candidates for the 2022 Plymouth City Council Elections

Chris Oram Chris Oram: Vice-Chair at Plymouth Liberal Democrats, Parliamentary Spokesperson for South West Devon and Media Spokesperson for Plymouth.

Sima Davarian - Candidate for Peverell

Sima is a secondary school teacher in Plymouth and lives in Peverell with her family. Sima says, 'Having moved to Peverell in the summer before the pandemic, I know that this is a fantastic area to live in and I enjoyed getting to know it better during lockdowns. However, there are things which could be improved. If elected, my priorities would include campaigning for safer and cleaner streets, to ensure that public transport is accessible and to protect and enhance the green spaces and environment in Peverell. I would work hard to listen to residents and their concerns and to try to find solutions to issues in the ward. I think working cross-party is also important and I would work with others to ensure that residents are well served.'

In addition to her role as an English teacher Sima volunteers with both local and national charities to raise awareness of bowel cancer in patients under 50 and campaigns around women's healthcare issues, particularly access to specialist menopause support in the region. She was the Liberal Democrats' candidate in South West Devon in the 2019 General Election. She lives with her family, cockapoo and cat in Peverell ward.
Katie McManus

Katie McManus - Candidate for Plymstock Dunstone

Katie has a background in education, equality and diversity, policy planning and development, as well as experience across the public and private sectors. She is standing in the Plymstock Dunstone ward and hopes to ensure that the area receives support and funding for sufficient transport links, environmental and community projects. If elected she would be a strong advocate for improving mental health and youth services for Plymouth.

dennis draper

Dennis Draper - Candidate for Eggbuckland

Dennis is a retired Environmental Health Consultant who has lived in Crownhill with his wife, Cristina, since 2006.

Originally from Tavistock Dennis worked in local government with Plymouth City Council and Swindon Council for 21 years before joining an international Health and Safety Consultancy working around the UK and mainland Europe.

He has extensive knowledge of the workings of local government and has witnessed many changes in local representation over the years which have been both good and bad.

If elected he will pursue a more open course of dialogue between the Council and the public at large.

Alex Primmer

Alex Primmer - Candidate for Efford and Lipson

Jeffrey Hall

Jeffrey Hall - Candidate for Devonport

Richard Bray

Richard Bray - Candidate for Compton

Richard works as an accountant for a major UK cancer charity. He also plays an active part in the charity sector as Chair of the Charity Tax Group. He believes that Plymouth has been short-changed for years and that this needs to change. Richard lives in the Compton Ward where he is standing and wants to bring people together to help release the potential of the ward and the city. He believes it can happen!

colin mckenzie

Colin MacKenzie - Candidate for Budshead

My name is Colin MacKenzie and I am the Liberal Democrat candidate for Budshead ward, where I have lived with my family for 22 years. I am standing to be a councillor because I want to improve opportunities for the people of Plymouth, particularly in housing, health and education. If elected, I would also support making transport in Plymouth sustainable by adopting electric buses and increasing charging facilities for electric cars. I would campaign to have Plymouth airport re-opened, with a focus on electric flight, because Plymouth needs better national and international connections.


Fleur Ball- Candidate for Drake

Fleur worked for years in the NHS at Derriford Hospital before leaving to work for a trade union, then establishing her own business. As a mature student, she graduated from both Marjon and Plymouth University. She has a real working knowledge of Drake and understands some of its appeals and frustrations. "Drake is a vibrant area but there are major issues. Some private-sector housing is still below acceptable living standards and rubbish is a constant problem. I want to get the basics right, improve the area's quality of life and bring some common sense to the Council."

J Spencer

Jacqui Spencer - Candidate for Stoke

I was born in Plymouth and spent my school years at Stuart Road school and Devonport High. I moved away for university and work purposes but was drawn home in 1988. It is a great city but needs to have a higher profile to attract quality jobs to encourage people to come to live here and most importantly to retain our young people. We have the best combination: a city by the sea with great countryside around it. Let's work together to make it a fair and vibrant place for everyone to live in.

Hugh Janes

Hugh Janes - Candidate for St Peter & the Waterfront

Hugh lives in the ward and is a writer. He helped develop the Waterfront Project, Plymouth Library's writing workshops and Surestart's literacy project. He chairs Environment Plymouth and supports local environmental groups and green energy projects. Hugh wants to tackle the land-grab occurring on the Hoe and the rubbish sites springing up in the area. "There is chaos on the current council. Also, too many councillors have been around too long and lost their connection with the electorate. I believe liberal democracy offers a fairer more practical way of running things, without the in-fighting and antagonism of other parties."

Jim Spencer

Jim Spencer - Candidate for Moor View

I am Jim Spencer, a Liberal Democrat and a retired Civil Servant. I first came to Plymouth in 1974 and I have lived in the city since 1974. Plymouth is a fantastic place to live, surrounded by Dartmoor and the sea.

The city has changed beyond recognition since I arrived and I want the expansion and reaching out to continue.

Of course, we need to have a green agenda, provide help, support and opportunities for all Plymouths citizens.

Let's do better and make Plymouth a city where everyone can thrive and feel valued.

Stuart Bonar

Stuart Bonar - Candidate for Sutton and Mount Gould

Stuart works for a trade union representing frontline NHS staff, campaigning on issues like better pay for health service workers. When he stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Parliament in the city's Moor View constituency, he pushed for better support for armed forces families. He would continue that work from the council chamber, if elected. As someone who makes regular use of Freedom Fields Park and Tothill Park, he also wants to see the council take better care of our city's green spaces and make Plymouth a greener place to live.

Roy Plumley

Roy Plumley - Candidate for Plymstock Radford

The electoral ward of Radford is home to me. A place where I have lived in and served most of my working life.
I was privileged to have served in the Royal Air Force at RAF Mount Batten, as my last posting, before becoming a local police officer.
If elected I will, on behalf of the community, make sure I have strong links with our local community Police, whom have been shamelessly denuded over the years.
I will also press for a reverse in the lamentable state of our roads, encourage community groups wherever possible, and scrutinise any matter which affects our Green spaces and environment.