Press Release on our Candidate, Clive Johnson

Clive Johnson

Sittingbourne and Sheppey Labour Party are pleased to announce that Clive Johnson has been selected as their Parliamentary candidate for the forthcoming General Election.

Clive has campaigned with the local party in elections since 2015 and has followed local issues for some time. He lives in Rainham and is Shadow Cabinet member for Children’s Services on Medway Council. He currently works for Medway CAB but has had a long and successful career in teaching, having been Head of English for 7 years at Fulston Manor School as well as teaching in Further Education. He holds a Doctorate in English with a specialism in the works of Charles Dickens.

He says,

“From my time working and campaigning in Sittingbourne and Sheppey I can’t help feeling that as far as this Government is concerned it is a left behind forgotten community. My priorities are the NHS, Education, Housing and Environment.

My family owe a great deal to the NHS because of my daughter’s type 1 diabetes. I am alarmed at the situation in Swale where we have the worst ratio of GPs to patients in the country and I will be supporting moves by University of Kent and Christ Church University to get more doctors trained locally.

We are also suffering here from a serious shortage of school places. It is these sort of social infrastructure problems that mean we must question the unrealistic housing numbers being forced on us by the current Government. What we need is a concentration on providing affordable homes for local people and social housing for rent.”

Clive is a member of Greenpeace and strongly supports Swale Borough Council’s drive to tackle climate change and diversity locally. He says

“There are too many air quality hotspots in Swale. We need to make our public buildings and homes more environmentally sustainable and we desperately need to improve our public transport”

Clive Johnson is in favour of proportional representation and of votes for 16-year olds.

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