Your Guildford Liberal Democrat candidates for local elections on 6th May 2021.

We have been able to build a strong team of candidates for May, with some very talented and dedicated individuals putting their names forward.

Many of the candidates are experienced County and Borough Councillors, who want to continue working hard for their communities. The other candidates are experienced community activists keen to take their knowledge and experience to County Hall.

Our Candidates:

Ash - Carla Morson

Ash Vale has been home for Carla since 1976 and as a result she has great knowledge about the local area and those who live there.

She shares the concerns of many local people about the numerous housing developments that are springing up with no supporting infrastructure and the loss of access to the Ash Ranges as well as many other issues.

In March 2020 Carla founded the Ash, Ash Vale & Ash Green Coronavirus Support Group to help and support the local community throughout the pandemic.

Her aim is to assist in resolving and addressing people's concerns with the intention of making Ash an even better place to live.

Carla Morson 2021 Graphic

cranleigh & ewhurst - Liz townsend

Liz has lived in Cranleigh since 1992 and threw herself into volunteering, initially as chair of the PTA and then of Cranleigh Rugby Club. She was honoured to be elected as Vice President of both Cranleigh Rugby Club and Surrey Rugby.

In response to the deluge of development on green fields, she founded Cranleigh Civic Society in 2014, a members' organisation, working to bring about positive civic and environmental changes. She went on to be elected to the Parish Council in 2015 and has served as its Chairman since 2018.

In 2016 she became a Waverley Borough Councillor for Cranleigh West Ward and joined the executive team in 2020 as portfolio holder for Economic Development, Greenspaces and Leisure.

She has a proven track record of achievements and is here all year round helping residents on issues that matter to them. She wants to continue to do that as the Surrey County Councillor for Cranleigh and Ewhurst and ensure that local residents get their fair share of Surrey County Council funding.

Liz Townsend FB graphic

Friary & St Nicolas By-Election - Cait Taylor

Cait Taylor has lived in Guildford for 13 years, the last five of which have found her resident in Dapdune Road with her three older children who have all attended Guildford schools. She is a trained solicitor but for much of her working life she has been involved in the housing sector, an experience that has led her to believe that it is a basic human right for everyone to have a decent, affordable home to live in. She is also passionate about the need to fight climate change and is a convert to our "20's plenty" campaign for its ability to make our roads safer and the air around our schools cleaner. She recognises the need for development to prioritise the regeneration of the town centre both for businesses and the local economy and has become even more pressing following the pandemic.

In her spare time, Cait enjoys taking on challenges to raise money for charity and currently voluntarily supports a few people who need help with personal issues.

Cait Taylor - FSN's next LD Cllr

Guildford NOrth - Julia MCSHANE

Julia lives in Guildford and is an experienced Borough Councillor in Westborough ward. She is also a GBC Executive member with responsibility for community services, and the leader of GBC Liberal Democrats.

This has allowed a unique insight into the needs of residents, meaning the work Julia does
comes directly from the people whom it will benefit.

Julia wants to put local people right at the heart of her work as a councillor, with the council working for residents, not making decisions on their behalf without due consideration.

Julia McShane 2021 Graphic

Guildford East - George Potter

George was elected to Guildford Borough Council in 2019 as the member for Burpham. Using his understanding of the local community, he has ensured that Burpham has strong representation at Borough Council level, something that is currently lacking at County, and now wants to do the same for Burpham & Merrow as a whole.

George has consistently stood up for his community, protecting local amenities and securing funding to improve safe, green travel routes.

Since his election in 2019, he has helped protect Burpham Bowling Club from an unaffordable rent hike and secured them a grant to help rebuild their clubhouse, challenged the introduction of unnecessary parking charges at Sutherland Memorial Park and helped secure funding for a new segregated cycle route to make cycling from Burpham to the town centre safer.

George Potter 2021 Graphic

Guildford South East - Jan Harwood

Jan is the current Guildford Borough Council representative for Merrow. Since 2019 he has worked hard to represent his residents, as well as becoming the lead Councillor for the Environment.

Safeguarding Guildford and championing action on climate change is very close to Jan's heart. He recognises that more needs to be done at county level to ensure climate change is taken seriously and people have access to alternative means of transport and information about what we can all do to protect our community.

Jan will not only represent and fight for the residents of Guildford South East, he wants to help improve and protect the local environment for years to come.

Jan Harwood 2021 Graphic

Guildford South West - Angela Goodwin

Angela is one of our most experienced councillors, having served Friary & St Nicolas on the Borough Council and Guildford North at County.

Angela has always worked to ensure her community has access to the services they need, that infrastructure is maintained and that the local area is as safe as possible for residents.

Towards the end of last year, Angela took the lead on a '20s plenty' campaign, which aims to improve road safety and reduce the speed limit in residential areas. She is looking to bring her experience and dedication to Guildford South West in May, meaning she can represent the area at both County and Borough level.

Angela Goodwin 2021 Graphic

Guildford West - Fiona White

Fiona is the current councillor for Guildford West on Surrey County Council and has served on Guildford Borough Council for many years.

She understands that there must be strong and capable representation across Guildford at both County and Borough level and she has provided this for 16 years.

Fiona has always fought for residents on the issues that matter to them and she plans to continue to do so, championing road safety, air quality improvement and properly funded health care.

Fiona White 2021 Graphic

Shalford - Phil Buckley

Phil has lived and worked in Surrey all his life and has called Tongham home since 2001.

He is concerned lack of strategic planning at County level has increased threats to the countryside, manifested by an increase fly-tipping as a direct result of the short-sighted decisions to close Community Recycling Centres and to introduce charging for minor amounts of building waste.

His objective is to ensure that the country and village areas of the county get a proper voice in deciding how the Surrey County Council share of Council Tax gets spent and to ensure that development and infrastructure enhancements are sustainable.

Phil Buckley 2021

Horsleys - Elizabeth daly

Elizabeth comes from a tough working-class background in Glasgow. She gained a place at a top Glasgow grammar school but left at 16 to support her family. She is a qualified nursery nurse and a member of the National Education Nurse and has worked with children for 30 years.

She used to work at Boxgrove Children's Centre (since closed by the Conservatives in 2019), where her duties included outreach to local villages including Ripley Village Hall.

Since 2019, she has been a cabinet member for Wellbeing at Mole Valley District Council, where her responsibilities including housing and environmental health. She believes strongly in putting residents first regardless of their backgrounds.

Elizabeth Daly

Shere - no candidate (see announcement)

Worplesdon - philippa dolan

Philippa is a solicitor who works in London. She moved to Surrey about twenty years ago with her husband and children and has lived in Worplesdon for the past fifteen years.

She's spent the last year working from home and learning to properly appreciate the wonderful local area. If elected Philippa will campaign to keep local pubs from falling into the hands of developers, ensure that local roads are kept in good repair and fight for social care to be properly funded for residents.

Philippa Dolan