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JO Says:

I suspect many of you are sick of seeing posh men in suits shouting at each other in parliament – one of the reasons I joined the Green Party is that they think differently, want to reduce inequality, encourage local trade and create a fairer society.

For me, priorities are acknowledging and celebrating what a great community we have the Settle area. The fact we have been relatively untouched by the recession (and had shops opening throughout it) is a testament to the efforts of many local people.

More cuts will happen whoever is elected – there is no money available and councils are not going to find any down the back of a sofa. Up until now voluntary groups and charities have plugged some of the gaps in services but we do not have a huge number of extra volunteers and will quickly notice the impact of further cuts. I think we need to look at different ways of dealing with local issues and encourage more communication between residents of all ages and backgrounds. I have applied for some funding to do a trial run of Settle Soup events at Victoria Hall based the very successful Detroit Soup project – see a BBC news item about it here. This is a sort of Dragons Den meets community get-together with soup.

Since starting the North Craven Networking Group in 2011 I have been able to build up good relations with various business organisations, libraries, training providers, charities, festivals and community groups and these contacts will help if I am elected. One of the things I do regularly is to remind people that there is life beyond Skipton! This in turn has led to more business events in Settle, Ingleton and Bentham. I have also organised and run networking meetings, training and support events aimed at small businesses and charities and in 2014 was nominated for a Craven Community Champion Award for this work.

Why vote for me? You don’t have to like lentils to vote Green these days, I know a lot of people and won’t just spend hours in meetings talking, but will actually get things done!

I’ll be out leafleting in the next few days and helping at Give and Take day on 25th April at Victoria Hall so come and have a chat.

The Green Party has considerably less funds than the larger parties so if you don’t get a flier and/or want to talk to me – call me on 07932 159099 or email on I am also often around in town so please just stop me if you have any questions.


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David Pemberton

David followed a career teaching in both Further and Higher Education.  On retirement, he moved to Settle and worked for several years with Age UK North Craven. He now volunteers with Age UK, The Folly Museum and the Embsay Steam Railway.

David joined the Labour Party in 1970, and was an active member for many years.  He recently renewed his Membership, and hopes to play an active part to fight for a fairer distribution of resources, and better services for the local community. The £800m pledged by Labour to protect Police jobs is a welcome start.

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