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Your Local Team | Uplands Labour

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).

Dawn Lyle

Dawn Lyle

Chair, Uplands Branch

I was elected Chair of the Uplands Branch of the Labour Party in July 2017, and since then my goal has been to ensure that branch meetings are friendly and welcoming to all.  I run a business in the Uplands, and I have three children at Brynmill School.  I was inspired to join 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.  I will remain a member to support and campaign for our Welsh Labour Government and our Labour Council here in Swansea.  I believe the interests of Swansea and South West Wales are best served by our committed and progressive Labour Party representatives - where green issues are at the top of the agenda and policies are enacted to promote equality and opportunity for everyone.  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.

Justin Andersen

Justin Andersen

Secretary, Uplands Branch

I am Secretary of the Uplands Branch of the Labour Party and thoroughly enjoy working with a group of enthusiasts committed to improving the lives of those in our local, national and international communities. Joining the Labour Party in 1973, I have been a member ever since, with a short break during the second Iraq war. I re joined at the time of Ed Milliband’s election.

Branch meetings, albeit currently taking place online via Zoom, are always lively, with a range of views expressed but always conducted within a spirit of friendship and mutual support.

Our priority is to work for the return of a majority Labour Government in next year’s Welsh election.

Come and join us in our crusade for a better world.

Jennifer Berndt

Jennifer Berndt

Treasurer, Uplands Branch

NHS dentist, moved to Swansea in 2017.  I joined the Labour Party at the end of 2017 and I am now treasurer of Uplands Labour branch.  I am a Labour member because I see that austerity is incredibly harmful to people, to the economy and to the NHS. I believe that the government should serve the people, not themselves and their corporate friends.

Tony Beddow

Tony Beddow

Assistant Secretary, Uplands Branch

Tony came to Wales from North Devon in 1982 to be the Planning officer for West Glamorgan Health Authority – delivering the biggest NHS capital programme in Wales that saw a new Morriston Hospital built – with the Burns and Plastic service added; Singleton Hospital completed and a new hospital build to serve Neath and Port Talbot. He went on to be the Chief Executive of the Health Board, the Chief Executive of Morriston NHS Trust, and then a senior fellow at the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care, University of Glamorgan where he was a Visiting professor.

A proud native of the Black Country and a Wolves supporter, he first campaigned for Labour in the 1959 general election delivering leaflets for the Brierley Hill constituency.  As a public servant, overt political activity was not encouraged but on the day he left the NHS in 1997, he re-joined the Labour Party and campaigned for Martin Caton in Gower. He was election agent for Gower in future General Elections and also agent for several local government candidates.

He is a Welsh delegate to the National Policy Forum, serving on the health and social care commission, secretary of SHA Cymru Wales, and sings with Baggyrinkle, Swansea’s own Shantymen. He is a member and past President of Swansea Rotary Club, a governor of Sea View School, and an independent member of Swansea City Council’s Adult Services Scrutiny Committee.

Cllr. Mary Sherwood

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

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.