UPDATED: Thursday 7th May
The response from candidates to our letter asking them to support cycling has been excellent. The letter asked for candidates to support our strategy, ‘A City to Share‘ and to commit to pushing for increased cycle funding from central government. We’ve had support from:
- 31 council candidates covering all of the 14 council wards in Portsmouth.
- 4 of the parliamentary candidates for Portsmouth North – Darren Sanders (Lib Dem), Gavin Ellis (Green), John Ferrett (Labour) and Penny Mordaunt (Conservative)
- 5 of the parliamentary candidates for Portsmouth South – Flick Drummond (Conservative), Gerald Vernon-Jackson (Lib Dem), Ian McCulloch (Green), Mike Hancock (independent) and Sue Castillon (Labour)
- 4 Council Group leaders: Donna Jones (Conservative), Gerald Vernon-Jackson (Lib Dem), Ian McCulloch (Green) and John Ferrett (Labour)
We’re hoping for more responses yet – there are 84 candidates across the 14 wards in the local election. However, we have had support from all parties including nearly all of the ‘big hitters’. The group leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have all supported ‘A City to Share’. This is great news. When we wrote the strategy we identified the failure to gain of cross party as a key risk to its success. Well, we’ve got there. There is public commitment from all parties and from all the local leaders except UKIP so far. The number of council candidates supporting from each party so far breaks down as follows:
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You can read the full responses from each candidate here. We’ll keep updating this document as responses come in. Portsmouth Cycle Forum is not affiliated or allied with any political party. This information is intended as an impartial view of how each party and each local candidate stand on cycling.