East Cambridgeshire District Council election 2015: Seven candidates stand in Cheveley ward

PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 May 2015

Top row, from left: Twink Allen and Jenny Bailey. Bottom row: Joanna Burnett, Peter Cresswell and Mathew Shuter. Missing from the line-up are Ben Hewitt and Gemma Hewitt.

Top row, from left: Twink Allen and Jenny Bailey. Bottom row: Joanna Burnett, Peter Cresswell and Mathew Shuter. Missing from the line-up are Ben Hewitt and Gemma Hewitt.


The Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP are represented in the battle to win two seats.

Twink Allen (UKIP)

Mr Allen was born in New Zealand in August, 1940, and attended Auckland Grammar School before graduating in Veterinary Science from The University of Sydney in 1965.

He completed a PhD degree in equine reproduction at Cambridge University in 1970 and then founded, and remained scientific director of until his retirement in 2007, the internationally renowned Equine Fertility Unit.

He has three children and nine grandchildren, seven of whom live in Newmarket. His son, Jeremy, is a veterinary surgeon in Newmarket and his son in law, the international jockey, Frankie Dettori, lives at Stetchworth.

Mr Allen said he is widely known as a doer rather than a prevaricator. He was founder of the organising committee which raised the funds to sculpt and erect on the National Stud roundabout the Newmarket Stallion and Handler statue as a Newmarket project to mark the millennium.

He claims to be attracted to UKIP because, in his words, the party “says it as it is” and will “do what needs to be done” to restore Great Britain to the powerful and upright nation he has come to know and love during the nearly 50 years he has lived here. He wishes Newmarket to be the local embodiment of those aims.

Jenny Bailey (Lib Dem)

Mrs Bailey was born in Doncaster Prison where her father worked as a prison officer.

She was inspired at school by her physics teacher, Mr Lee, who ran the radio club and introduced her to the idea of an electronic engineering career.

In her present job she designs hardware and software for radio monitoring devices, commuting to Baldock most days.

Whilst representing the East Chesterton ward of Cambridge. She was also a school governor of a community college.

Jenny has a strong interest in environmental issues, promoting cycling, waste management and recycling, and used her time on the city council to further these issues.

She has two children, both have left home and are busy with their careers in nursing and video gaming. In her spare time, she sails, looks after the bees, and searches for intelligent life on other planets.

Joanna Burnett (Lib Dem)

Mrs Burnett has lived in Ely for the last four years, having lived in Cambridge since the age of five.

She has worked in the software industry locally for the past 20 years.

As a mother of two small children she sees daily the challenges faced by local health and education services trying to support a rapidly expanding population.

She believes that the council must be much stronger in holding developers to account. They must fund real improvements to the surrounding infrastructure and build a much fairer number of affordable homes for our communities.

Peter Frank Cresswell (Con)

Mr Cresswell was privileged to serve Cheveley ward as a councillor from 2003-2011. He stood down to concentrate on other aspects of public life, but is now fully committed to representing the area again.

A former chairman of the council, he offers a lifetime of experience in public service.

With a strong belief in localism, Mr Cresswell will work closely with all parish councils to ensure neighbourhood issues form part of the decision-making process.

He said: “Fulfilling an effective role as an elected member is demanding but the rewards gained far outweigh the amount of time spent.”

Being retired, Mr Cresswell said he will be readily available to attend to any concerns residents may have.

Ben Hewitt (Lab)

Mr Hewitt is 34 and married. He lives near Newmarket.

Gemma Hewitt (Lab)

Mrs Hewitt is 33 and married. She lives near Newmarket.

Mathew Shuter (Con)

Mr Shuter is a serving county councillor and parish councillor in Brinkley where he lives.

He has successfully fought to give parish councils more say in decisions about local roads. He is a member of Speedwatch and has supported 30mph limits in the rural villages.

After 35 years in the insurance industry and running various other businesses, Mr Shuter now applies this experience to his role as Business Champion for the county council. He is an enthusiastic supporter of local enterprise,

He said: “I’m proud of the investments the County Council has made, particularly exciting projects like superfast broadband being rolled out in Cheveley, and which will encourage businesses and jobs to our area.”

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