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Your Labour Candidate: FRED BURNS

West Sussex County Council Hassocks and Burgess Hill South Division

I love this area, it’s a safe and friendly community, surrounded by beautiful countryside and perfectly situated between Brighton and London. I'd be honoured to represent the Hassocks and Burgess Hill South ward in the West Sussex County Council.

I grew up in Hassocks and completed my GCSEs at Downlands School in 2001 which was a formative year for me, not just going to college but also because of 9/11. The build up to the Iraq war was incredibly frustrating, seeing something so obviously wrong, I went on the marches and joined The Stop The War Coalition, my first taste of political activity.

All my adult life I've been passionate about transforming society so it works for everyone. This has taken the form of political campaigning and volunteering and it's also how I’ve ended up becoming a documentary filmmaker and training to be a life coach.

Even though I was terribly disappointed with Tony Blair's decision to go to war in 2003, the country felt positive during those Labour years, the NHS was in good shape, local communities had funding and the most vulnerable in society had a safety net. It was only in 2015 that I finally joined the Labour Party, feeling it was now that I should do something tangible about the unnecessary injustices I saw happening after 2010 and how the country felt like it was going backwards.

The current Tory council have made a mess of so many things. Over the last 4 years we have seen our children’s services being assessed inadequate and nearly taken out of the hands of the council. Several children’s homes have been closed due to them being unsafe. Now they're closing the vast majority of our Children and Family (Sure Start) Centres. I strongly believe that we need a Labour council to help drive change in our community and the last year has proved that the need for change is undeniable. I will always work tirelessly to make our area a better place for us all.

Hassocks and Burgess Hill South are part of Arundel and Southdowns Labour Party


West Sussex County Council Election Thursday 6th May 2021


WSCC key issues


In the next few years Council Departments will face massive financial challenges in delivering services to everyone in West Sussex. Now is the time to challenge the complacent and unambitious status quo in the county. In order to drive for public money to be better spent, it is vital that we have Labour Councillors in County Hall, Chichester from 2021 to scrutinise decisions. With your support, I can get elected and do that job.



I am not the only candidate for a local County Council seat. My fellow team members standing for other seats are Pam Haigh , Sue Jex and Alison Whelan. Together we will campaign on your behalf on issues that are important to Labour Party members and people in Haywards Heath and the surrounding villages. Shortly we will be in touch with you to help us determine the main issues and how you may be able to help our campaigns. Meanwhile I hope you can stay safe in these challenging times.

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