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About Graham Shaw – candidate for Buxted ward

Dear Resident,

My name is Graham Shaw. I am asking for your support to represent Buxted ward in the elections for Wealden District Council on 4th May.

We all deserve better from Wealden District Council so why consider voting for me?

I have the skills and experience to make a difference here

I have lived in the Southeast for over 25 years and have always been committed to working with others to find solutions to help those who need it most. Originally a teacher, I spent many years working with companies in the UK and internationally to tackle unemployment and invest in economic development. For the past 10 years I have been helping not-for-profit organisations to improve their services, especially to vulnerable adults, children and young people. I have also been a school governor, NHS trust governor, chaired charities working with people with learning difficulties and tackling food poverty. Working with others has been key to helping me make a difference.

I will work hard to get things done for the people who live here.

I care deeply about this area and its community

I am a Parish Councillor and involved in local conservation groups. We feel blessed to live in this area, with its great natural environment, such as Ashdown Forest, rich history and sense of community. We have children and grandchildren nearby and want to protect this precious land for them all.

I promise to do all I can to protect our countryside for future generations

I’m excited to join an effective and proactive Green team at Council

Seeing the impact of Greens on the Council, speaking out against unnecessary development (like the current plans for the Ashdown Business Park) and finding ways to protect our rivers has shown that residents of Buxted will benefit from having a new, independent voice, free to speak out for what is right for local people.

A growing Green Councillor team will make Wealden a better place for all.

I will prioritise people, community and the environment

I will be a very active Councillor, focusing on the big issues – planning developments, protecting green spaces, local job creation and better services, as well as helping residents in any ways I can. We need a Council that leads more joined up action, prioritising both people, their communities and the environment in all its decisions.

I will work to improve the well-being of us all.

I will be an independent voice for Buxted ward

I will work to represent the best interests of the people of Buxted, asking the right questions, getting answers for local people and reaching out to people across our community. As a Green I will be able to vote with my conscience, representing local residents, unlike the Conservatives who vote as a block whatever the issue.

I will always speak out on behalf of local people.

I hope you will put your trust in me to be your local Councillor. I won’t let you down.

Best wishes,


PS: Don’t forget, if you vote for anyone else, then the Conservative candidate is more likely to win. With your support, Greens can  win in Buxted ward! Thank you.