All the Candidates for CBC Parkside Ward (1 to be elected)

All the Candidates for CBC Parkside Ward (1 to be elected)

Jan Cooper, Independent
Alan Corkhill, Conservative
Ray Morgan, Liberal Democrat
Gillian Patrick, Green
Toni Ryan, Labour
Angela White, UK Independence


Independent.  Jan Cooper has been working in Houghton Regis for nearly 20 years and has a good idea of the issues that the town faces on a daily basis. Jan sees the main issues facing Parkside as poor policing, illegal motorbikes, traveller flow, nuisance and careless young people, and fly-tipping.
Jan says, “I will listen first and then act on what I hear.” Jan Cooper holds a Masters qualification in Community Development, is a qualified Youth Worker,  a qualified Community Worker, a Fellow at RSA, and has forty years experience of working with people. She is a Mother, GrandMother, Friend, Dog Walker. In the past 2 years, Jan launched SafeLand and supports the 17 groups dotted around the town, has organised Neighbourhood Watch for Houghton Regis “Eyes and Ears”, edited the monthly copies of The Clanger Houghton Regis, is the admin at Facebook's Houghton Regis Whats Occurring. She has contributed to Houghton Regis Neighbourhood Plan, and written a draft proposal for the development of a shop next to Nisa store, Neptune Square, Parkside. (source: Jan Cooper website)


Conservative. “I have lived in Dunstable and Houghton Regis for many years. I care about my local communities in both towns. That is why I've decided to stand up. As a conservative candidate, if elected, I promise to serve Dunstable and Houghton Regis to the best of my ability. Many of you know me, I have high ethical standards and I am a committed Rotarian. I am readily available with both my email and mobile number on the current leaflets in circulation.” (Source - Alan Corkhill)


Labour. Toni was elected councillor for Parkside in Houghton Regis, her home town, in 2015. As a councillor, she most enjoys working with other people who also want to make a difference locally. She says “The enthusiasm from the community keeps me motivated, as does seeing change happen and fighting to improve lives for the people who are the most in need. This consists of highlighting issues, not only to the Council but also to the public on cuts to early help, lack of social mobility, the impact on schools of changes in funding. In all these areas, I have managed to gain support and acknowledgement through the Council. Most of our progressive strategies locally have been overshadowed by the current cuts and funding difficulties imposed by this right-wing government.” (source Labour website)


Liberal Democrat. Ray Morgan is a keen cycling enthusiast who has lived in Houghton Regis for many years. Ray has been a member of Houghton Regis Town Council on two previous occasions, the most recent being from 2007 to 2011. A devoted family man, Ray has a passion for helping young people and for open green spaces. He has been delighted with the recent restoration and enhancement of Houghton Hall Park. Ray was, amongst other things, a delivery driver, an opinion researcher and a political agent before retirement. He now spends his time taking part in / helping to organise cycling events, both in this country and on the continent. (Source: email)


Green. Gillian has lived in Parkside for a number of years and is our Green Party Candidate for the Ward. (source: Website)


UK Independence. Angela WHITE has lived in Houghton Regis for over 40yrs. Angela has worked in a local school for 36yrs as a Nursery Nurse in reception class until her recent retirement. Whilst at school Angela was Chair of the fundraising committee at the school for 33yrs helping to raise much-needed funds by organising fetes, quiz nights and discos. Angela was also a member of the governing body for the same amount of years. Angela said: I taught children who attended the school line dancing on Fridays after school. It was so successful that when the children moved onto middle school they would return every Friday to continue with their dancing. We performed a line dancing display in the carnival procession also. Angela is a Pride of Houghton Award winner for services to this community. (Source Houghton Regis UKIP)

Houghton Regis Town Council and Central Bedfordshire Council Candidates

Conservative Candidates: Promoted by Sue Howat on behalf of Alan Corkhill, and John Kane of SWBCA. Wentworth house 83 High Street North. Dunstable. Beds. LU6 1JJ.

Green Candidates: Promoted by Marc Scheimann for Luton and Bedfordshire Green Party, both at 39a Stockwood Crescent, Luton LU1 3SS Website

Labour Candidates: Promoted by Roger Pepworth on behalf of all Dunstable and Houghton Regis Labour Candidates all at 28 Great Northern Road, Dunstable, LU5 4BP. Labour Manifesto for Central Bedfordshire and Website

Liberal Democrat Candidates: Promoted by David Jones, on behalf of Liberal Democrats all at 2 Halley's Way, Houghton Regis, LU5 5HY. For manifesto, please see

UKIP Candidates: Promoted by Pat Hamill on behalf of Joe Angell and Angela White, 1 Park Avenue, Houghton Regis, Beds. LU5 5EA. Facebook

Jimmy Carroll: Promoted by Jimmy Carroll 55 Hammersmith Gardens Houghton Regis LU5 5RG

Jan Cooper: Promoted by Jan Cooper The Clanger Office, Houghton Regis Library Complex, Bedford Square, LU5 5ES. Website  and Facebook

David Abbott: Promoted by David Abbott on behalf of himself, 57 Leaf Road, Houghton Regis, Beds. LU5 5JG. Facebook [Editorial Note: David Abbott was nominated as a Conservative, but allegations arose after close of nominations and as a consequence is suspended from the Party, pending investigation, and cannot campaign or canvass as a Conservative.]

Tracey McMahon: Promoted by Tracey McMahon, 68 Tithe Farm Road, Houghton Regis, LU5 5JB. Webpage and Facebook

Houghton Regis News Desk published by Alan Winter