Surrey County Council Elections – May 6th 2021 – A huge ‘Thank You’ to every single one of our voters and supporters.

We wanted to make sure that everyone in Waverley had the opportunity to vote Labour and we are pleased you were able to in your thousands. We asked you to send a message, we have heard you, and we will continue to work for a fairer, cleaner and greener Society.
Thank you all to our supporters, and our thanks to our candidates Andrew, David, Howard, John, Michelle, Peter, Toby, and Zahida.



Meet your candidates!

 TWW 21 TOBY WESTCOTT-WHITE – Godalming North – Central Godalming, Binscombe, Charterhouse, Catteshall and Farncombe

I have seen how this area has changed since my childhood. I grew up in Haslemere and moved to Godalming four years ago after university.  I do not believe that the people of Godalming are getting the investment they deserve from the Tory dominated Surrey County Council. Roads are crumbling; cycle paths are rare and poorly maintained; fire and rescue services that keep us all safe are being cut.

We need a county that has excellent transport links, world standard education and outstanding public services – from which we all benefit. If elected I will be a radical voice to stand up for genuine investment in our public services. I’m for accountability, so the people of Godalming can live in a county that works with them and for them.  Let’s send a message this May that Surrey can and should be better. Let’s send a message by voting Labour.

 ZZ 21 Zahida Zahoor – Godalming South – Ockford, Milford, Holloway and Witley

I am a British Pakistani, born and raised in Birmingham, but I have been living in Godalming for 8 years.  I have a science background and I have been working at Royal Surrey Hospital NHS for 3 years. I have worked in the front line during this pandemic and understand the huge challenges everyone faces during these incredible hard times.

I want to be your County Councillor in order to make a difference in our community. I want people to come together to in order to rebuild our communities from the devastation the pandemic has caused, fight poverty, climate change, pollution, and the destruction of natural habitats. I believe I can contribute by using my Science background to tackle some of these complex problems.

The Labour Party has an ambitious manifesto for Surrey, and I ask you to give me the opportunity to enact it.

 HK 21 HOWARD KAYE – Farnham North – Upper Hale, Hale, Heath End, Weybourne, Badshot Lea. Labour and Co-operative Candidate

I have lived in Upper Hale for the last 16 years and I am a train driver.

Every day I see the short comings in local services, and I am determined to make a difference to the quality and level of Council provision within North Farnham.

I will challenge the budget cuts which have so severely affected the services on which we all depend – education, fire and rescue, roads and transport and services like social care for children and vulnerable adults.  We need all levels of local government to work together to get the best value for the residents of North Farnham.

The Farnham Infrastructure Programme could bring huge benefits for the residents of North Farnham. But the impact of, for example, a traffic free town centre could bring horrific traffic knock-effects to North Farnham for decades to come – unless the implications are properly thought through.

I will be your strong voice to get the best for North Farnham residents.

 JG John Gaskell – Farnham Central – Town centre (Castle Ward), Firgrove and Moor Park

The Farnham Infrastructure Programme is the biggest opportunity facing Farnham.  But it must be properly overseen and not pushed by sectional interests.  Not like Brightwell’s – the poisoned chalice handed to the current cross-party administration by Tories as their final legacy before they lost political control at Waverley. In my career in IT in Holland, Belgium and now in the UK I have seen how successful infrastructure projects can work if local people are properly involved. We should look at best practice outside the borough and county before implementing any project, large or small.

In the first lockdown last year town centre traffic pollution was halved. This is a small indication of what can be achieved with the right policies. And despite the COVID-19 crisis we have seen communities come together to tackle issues such as health, poverty, and the environment. This collaboration shows what we can do when we work together. The major problems facing Farnham aren’t inevitable, they are man-made, and we must tackle them together.

 MB 21 Michelle Birchwood – Farnham South – Bourne, Shortheath, Boundstone, Wrecclesham and Rowledge

I have a passion for social justice and the environment and for making a difference in the community. After a career as a broadcast journalist at the BBC I now work as senior advisor in Parliament. I currently contribute locally as a Governor of South Farnham School.

If I am elected, I want to ensure that Farnham comes out of the economic and public health crisis stronger, greener, and fairer. The pandemic has turned the world upside down, exposing major weaknesses in our economy and the deep-seated inequalities in our society that mean the most vulnerable people have been hit the hardest.

During lockdown, we have all appreciated the importance of our local community. I am dedicated to preserving the special qualities of South Farnham and making Farnham the best place to live for families.

We have an opportunity to build our economy back with a focus on local investment and care for our surroundings, in the knowledge that our community works best when it works for everyone.

 AJ 21 Andrew Jones – Waverley Wetern Villages – Frensham, Dockenfield, Tilford, Elstead, Thursley and Hindhead

I lived most of my adult life in Elstead in this electoral division. As a result, I know how kind and generous the people are. As an example, the active Food Bank supporting people in this supposedly rich county. Society should have moved on by now – we need a total review of social provision here in Surrey.

As your County Councillor I could influence policy on schools, social care, and transport – particularly bus provision. Planning is always a hot issue. I have a good insight into the conflicting issues having served on a local planning committee in this Division.

The COVID pandemic has shown how people can pull together in adversity. If elected you can rely on me to assist local groups and individuals to build a stronger and more resilient society here in this area.

You deserve better; there is better. Vote Change – VOTE LABOUR.

 PH 21 Peter Hopwood – Waverley Eastern Villages – Blackheath, Wonersh, Shamley Green, Bramley, Busbridge, Hascombe, Hambledon, Chiddingfold, Dunsfold and Alfold

I am passionate about making Surrey a better county to live in for everyone. Sadly many residents feel disconnected from the decision-making made by Surrey County Council under the Conservative administration. As a young person who recently attended Godalming College and served as President of the Students’ Union, I deeply value standing up for the opportunities and wellbeing of residents through strengthening our public services such as education and the NHS. These services have proved to be so vital during the coronavirus pandemic—they cannot afford to face cuts. Labour will boost investment in public services and protect them.

I also strongly care about climate change and standing up for the environment. Labour aims to deliver on clean and affordable energy and is listening to locals about how we can best protect our green spaces in Surrey.

A vote for Labour is a vote to empower local communities here in Waverley Eastern Villages.

 DI 21 David Irwin – Haslemere

Other than time in my twenties travelling and teaching English, I have lived and worked in Surrey or West London all my life. My career was in the probation service and I now volunteer supporting litigants in person in the civil and family courts.

It is time to send a message that we need to manage local government in a better and fairer manner than the Conservatives have been doing.  We need investment in adult social care to ensure dignity in old age and protect our veterans.  We need to fight the Tory plans to wrench the planning system out of democratic control and turn it into a developer’s charter. We need to break up the Surrey single contract on road repairs and dramatically improve our local road surfaces. We need to take effective measures to tackle the growing climate crisis.

Send the message that change is needed – vote Labour on 6th May.


Howard Kaye – A new and effective Police and Crime Commissioner

Serious about law and order


Over the last decade the Tories have cut numbers of police officers on our streets. As a result, crime
levels have risen.
As your Labour Police & Crime Commissioner I will:
  • Invest in more police officers and build back visible community policing
  • Create a workable strategy to properly tackle anti-social behaviour and burglaries
  • Take violence against women and girls seriously.
  • Oppose reduction’s in budgets or services, whilst getting value for money for Surrey residents

Vote for Howard Kaye on May 6th for Surrey Police and Crime Commisioner!

Labour is ambitious for Surrey!

We will build back out of the Covid crises stronger, greener and fairer.

Surrey has been badly run by a complacent Conservative administration for a generation.
The COVID-19 crisis has shown that Boris Johnson’s Tory Government were woefully unprepared for
the pandemic following a decade of cuts to public services which has had a devastating impact on
local health services our care homes and policing.
Labour in Surrey is offering an ambitious and innovative alternative programme that will deliver
improved services, Stop fire station closures and volunteer fire fighters, reduce crime and anti-social
behaviour and be better value for local tax-payers.
Want to know more? Then read our Manifesto here
Only Labour can provide a real alternative here in Surrey, and for the rest of the country
Vote Labour on May 6th for real, sustainable change!

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COVID-19 information

Following guidance from the National Party, we will be suspending all South West Surrey Constituency and Branch Meetings for the foreseeable future. The April 26th meeting is definitely cancelled and we will re-assess the situation in May, in line with Government and Party guidance. This includes Farnham Branch meetings.

We are arranging a number of virtual events, so please follow us on Facebook at and please check your e-mail as we will be contacting you more frequently. If you are not receiving e-mail from us please initially check your spam folder and also your privacy settings on Membersnet at You can contact us at, which is also the address that e-mail is sent from.

We want to be a source of useful information for you, and have put together the information below. We will maintain this list and keep it up to date, posting it here and on our Facebook page and we will also provide information via our twitter feed at If you are aware of any useful resources then please provide them to us at and we will add to the list.

During this time we will be increasing the frequency of our communication with our members, but do feel free to reach out to us. This is a time for us to support and help each other, to live our values. You may be self isolating, but you are not alone, we will get through this period together.

Stay safe

SW Surrey CLP executive


Places where you can either volunteer to help or ask for help

Town and Waverley Borough Council contact details

Web Page:, Tel: 0300 200 1008

This is the main Waverley information page and includes information on Council Tax support and Council Rent.

Godalming Town Council, home page has a lot of good information:, and

Farnham Town Council –

Haslemere Town Council –


Contacts for COVID19 Assistance

Voluntary Action SW Surrey: Telephone number for COVID19 Assistance: 01483 565 456.

Haslemere Help Telephone Number for COVID19 Assistance: 07873 383 954


Labour Councillors

Nick Palmer, Waverley Borough Council –

George Wilson, Waverley Borough Council –

Gerry Boyle, Godalming Town Council –

Richard Ashworth, Godalming Town Council –


Covid19 support groups on Facebook:

Farnham Covid Mutual Aid:

Haslemere Help:

Godalming & Farncombe Community Coronavirus Assistance:


Food Banks

Local Food Banks are helping people in desperate need with a three day supply of food to tide them over while they seek other support.  Some food banks are actively seeking donations of food and/or financial support, either one-off or regular.

Farnham Food Bank –

Godalming Food Bank –

Haslemere Food Bank –

Want to donate?: The Trussell Trust arrange foodbanks across the country, you can donate here:


Community Meals Service:  For people who need help to make sure they regularly have nutritious, cooked meals.  (Cost is £6.50 per meal)

Cranleigh – 01483 277155

Farnham – 01252 727280

Godalming – 07771 805414

Haslemere – 01428 648716


Directory of local businesses providing takeaway/Deliveries:



Driving Miss Daisy Service (Driving & Companion Service as well as Pick Up and Delivery Service): 07525 873 050


Employment and Financial support Useful links – especially for self-employed:

Self Employment & Universal Credit –

Employment & Support Allowance –

Covid-19 Small Business Government Grant –

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan –

Citizen’s Advice –

Emergency Funding –

Stay up to date on Social Media – we are at:

Twitter: @SWSLabour

Local Elections May 2019

A big thank you to all who voted for us, campaigned for us and supported us.

And Congratulations to our new Labour Councillors:

On Waverley Borough Council:

Nick Palmer – Godalming Binscombe Ward. Member of the Council Executive.

George Wilson – Godalming Farncombe and Cattershall Ward.

Waverley Borough Council is now controlled by a joint administration of Farnham Residents, LibDems, Labour and Greens.

Shared leadership and cooperation to benefit the people of Waverley.

On Godalming Town Council:

Richard Ashworth – Godalming Central & Ockford Ward

Gerry Boyle – Binscombe Ward

On Parish Councils:

Jessica Webster and Debby Flack.

Councillor Nick Councillor Nick Palmer Councillor Richard

Councillor Richard Ashworth (left)


We will be staying in touch through this website, Facebook and Twitter and will be accessible and visible.

Contact the local Labour team at

Local Meetings

The Constituency Labour Party (CLP) 

All South West Surrey Labour members are welcome at our meetings.

Regular date: Fourth Thursday of every month (except August and December)

8:00pm at the Deninngberg Centre, 36 Bridge St, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1HP.

Farnham Branch

All Farnham Labour members are welcome at our meetings.

Regular date: Second Wednesday of the month (except August and December)

8.00pm in the back room at the Hop Blossom P.H. in Long Garden Walk Farnham GU9 7HX


Nearest car park Lower Hart (by Waitrose) – free in the evenings

Find out more

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