07 April 2010

Introducing your Vassall Ward Labour candidates

The Labour candidates for the local Lambeth Borough Council elections have been selected and all have pledged, if elected, to use their complementary skills and talents to benefit the people of Vassall Ward.

Photo of the Vassall Ward Labour team
Pictured with Labour MP for Vauxhall Kate Hoey are you local Vassall Ward Labour candidates: Councillor Kingsley Abrams, Adrian Garden and Tracy Ritson.


Your local Vassall Labour Team are
Kingsley Abrams (pictured right) who has been a Vassall Ward Councillor for four years. Kingsley lives just off Knatchbull Road, near to the Minet Library, in Vassall Ward.

Tracy Ritson (centre), a local business entrepreneur and mother of three who lives on the Cowley estate.

Adrian Garden (left), who has lived in nearby Brixton for many years where he has been working as a basic skills lecturer as well as volunteering with local community organisations.

Kingsley writes "I have represented Vassall ward on Lambeth Council since 2006. I live in Vassall and am well known for my hard work and commitment to the residents. I am also the manager of a Community Centre in the Elephant and Castle. Over the last four years I have campaigned ceaselessly on local housing and community safety issues. Apart from regularly attending ward meetings and public events I hold fortnightly advice surgeries open to all ward residents. If you re-elect me I will continue to work with local residents and the local MP to make our area a cleaner, greener and safer place to live and work, with better opportunities for all its residents."

Adrian writes "I have lived in Brixton for 9 years where my main interests have been reducing crime (Chair of a local Safer Neighbourhoods Panel) and local parks (Chair of a ‘Friends’ group working to restore a park, and working closely with two parks groups in Vassall) I am a volunteer with my church debt counselling charity. I attend many Tenants and Residents meetings and frequently refer issues I pick up on the door step to the Council. I used to work as a computer manager and then as a Basic Skills lecturer - if you elect me I will be a full-time councillor in Vassall."

And Tracy writes "I am a proud mother of three children and currently run my own business. I’ve lived on the Cowley Estate for 13 years, and have seen many good changes in that time. I joined the Management Board roughly 5 years ago and working as part of a team have helped to organise Summer fun days and trips off the estate which I believe help bring our community together. If you elect me I will work hard to bring better children’s and youth facilities to the Vassall area; safe places where our children can go and be inspired to reach their full potential in life."