Newnham Labour Party is lucky to have secured a young but highly experienced advocate and campaigner to stand as its Cambridge City Council candidate in May.
Joe Beastall has developed strong advocacy skills whilst working for UNISON, the union, where he is employed to help tackle workplace problems in the NHS and other public services.
If elected, he undertakes to attend council meetings regularly and promises to use his energy, enthusiasm and skills to promote Newnham’s interests more effectively at the Guildhall.
Joe wants to work closely with local residents, students and neighbourhood groups – as well as new organisations such as Friends of Paradise Nature Reserve – to help protect our area’s special character.
He says, “I have spent the last ten years campaigning and fine-tuning my advocacy skills both in this country and during a short spell in Norway. I am convinced these can be put to good use in Newnham, raising issues more effectively in Council around inequality, affordable housing, car congestion and the danger to our green spaces.”
Joe believes the government needs to help fast-growing cities such as Cambridge deal with the problems of soaring house prices and congested roads, with more public money for affordable housing and an adequate bus service in and around Cambridge.
“As a 25 year old young professional working and living in Cambridge, I’m no stranger to the difficulties facing young people here. The dysfunctional housing market is one of the biggest problems we face as a city. Cambridge has, sadly, been named in a recent report as one of the most unequal places in Britain.”