Canvey Island Central Ward

Kieran  lives on Canvey Island and has done for the great majority of his life; as a resident he is well aware of its local challenges. He is married, with a young family, and teaches at a local outstanding school. Over recent years, he has been involved in supporting the Save Southend NHS group, speaking out against the STP and collecting petition signatures on Canvey. The campaign to save Canvey's Rapid Response Vehicle has taken off this year and he has been part of a group of people who have collected over 5,000 signatures and put pressure on the Ambulance Service, who now say there are no plans to remove the Rapid Response Vehicle.

Kieran Smith

Dear Islander,

I promise to fight for improved funding for our community. Under a Labour government, on Canvey, we had a police station open to the public, 650 more police officers across Essex, fully crewed fire stations and decent funding in youth  centres and schools. Now under Tory Austerity, there are more funding cuts to our local councils, meaning that residents plug this funding gap by paying more in Council Tax but receiving poorer services. Under the Tories, it can take over two weeks to see a GP, schools are having to consider reducing staff and there are significantly less police officers to deal with crime since 2010, including the hidden but growing drug culture in the area. As an Islander we all know this to be true. Tory councillors toe the party line and vote for more austerity. Meanwhile, our Independent Councillors, without an Independent Canvey council can never have a majority to resist Tory rule. And even if they gained independence, they would still be subject to appalling Conservative cuts. Labour has had control of the Council in the past and we are the only party capable of truly opposing the Conservatives across Castle Point. I will stand up for our children, youth & elderly, who are suffering under this lack of investment. Austerity will only end when the people decide it ends

Kieran Smith