Your Local Team
Here are some of the names and faces that you might meet when you come along to a local Branch meeting, and the main points of contact for the Uplands Branch Labour Party (BLP).
Chair, Uplands Branch
I was elected Chair of the Uplands Branch of the Labour Party in July 2017. As a new member, I have been thrown in the deep end, but I am excited about what we can do in Uplands and in Swansea to make a difference to peoples lives.
I run a business in Swansea, and I have three young children. I joined the Labour Party when Jeremy Corbyn was first elected Leader, because, for the first time, someone from one of the mainstream parties actually seemed to represent the way I feel and think about the world. It took me a while to actually get involved with the local party, and when I did, I realised how important it is that new members play their part locally, contribute their ideas and have their voices heard. I would really encourage all members to come along to Branch meetings, even if you've never been before. There are lots of ways you can contribute, and you will be incredibly welcome.
Secretary, Uplands Branch
I joined the Labour party in November 2015 around the time Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader. Over the past few years I had been increasingly dismayed at the effect unneccessary austerity measures were having on our communities and the poorest and most vulnerable in our society. Even so, I still never envisaged myself joining a political party. But with Jeremy Corbyn I finally felt that there was a party leader who was honestly reflecting my own thoughts and opinions. Since becoming active within Uplands Labour Party I have made new friends, become more active in the local community, and gone out canvassing in a general election for the first time (which was way more fun that I thought it would be).
I was elected Secretary of the Uplands and Brynmill Branch of the Labour Party in July 2017. As secretary I aim to keep the fantastic welcoming ethos of our branch going, organise more events for new and old members alike and make a positive, lasting difference in our amazing little community.
Assistant Secretary, Uplands Branch
Treasurer, Uplands Branch
Cllr. Mary Sherwood
Councillor, City & County of Swansea
I have lived in Uplands since 2010. My life experiences have taught me that poverty is not an attitude problem or a lifestyle choice, but a trap which wealthy people put others in quite deliberately, and every job I’ve ever had has been focused on that. Minimum wages is not enough to live on. The benefits system does not work as it should – people don’t claim what they’re entitled to, then they don’t spend cash locally – it causes problems for all of us. I’ve worked for Swansea Council for ten years grappling with these issues. The pace of change is too slow for me, I feel we can do better
May Sherwood has been a local Councillor for Uplands since May 2017. She is Cabinet Member for Future Generations, and also serves on the Swansea Public Services Board Partnership Group. Mary's surgeries are held on the last Saturday of the month at Uplands Market, Gwydr Square, 10am till 12 Noon.
Cllr. Nick Davies
Councillor, City & County of Swansea
I am Councillor Nick Davies, a long-time resident of Uplands, first elected in 2012 and then re-elected in 2017 and for many years a governor (and for two years Chair of Governors) at Brynmill Primary School where both my children were educated.
It’s an honour to represent Uplands. It’s a fantastic place: the parks, the shops, the cafes, the restaurants, the pubs, but above all, the people. Since being elected I have tried to be there for people and make a difference. I was involved in the planning and organising of the Uplands Market and helped out as a volunteer. I continue actively to support this fantastic community asset. I have been pleased to support the efforts of the Friends of Brynmill Park and the Friends of Cwmdonkin Park in protecting the parks and putting on community events. I actively support the efforts of the Traders’ Association to improve the area. The Do Not Gentle Festival , which I have also supported, keeps Uplands firmly on the cultural map.
I’m proud of what’s been achieved since being first elected in 2012 and I was honoured by the vote of confidence I received when re-elected in 2017, but it’s never enough. There’s always more that needs doing. I am pleased to be part of a Labour administration that wants to make Uplands, and Swansea as good as it can be.
As a Labour councillor and a socialist I believe in public services and improving the quality of life for everyone, not just those with the ability to pay. I am proud to be part of an administration which has protected jobs and services, despite all the politically-driven austerity coming from Westminster aimed at destroying effective public services, and the vindictive way Westminster has treated Wales.
Nick Davies has been a local Councillor for Uplands since May 2012. He is Councillor Champion for Sustainable Transport, and also serves on the Democratic Services Committee and the Economy & Infrastructure Policy Development and Delivery Committee. Nick’s surgeries are held on the last Saturday of the month at Uplands Market, Gwydr Square, 10am till 12 Noon.