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Ward Spokesperson

Richard Blackman

Richard Blackman

Richard has lived in Southampton for more than six years, and has a lifelong connection to the city as his parents grew up here and he made regular visits to his grandparents throughout his childhood.

Richard brings 20 years of experience in the voluntary sector having worked in research, and for European, national and local environmental non-governmental organisations. He has particular interests in climate change, the environment and economic policy, and continues to campaign for the UK's membership of the European Union.

He is also a keen believer in personal development and life long learning, which is reflected in his active membership of Hamwic Speakers, the Southampton branch of Toastmasters International.

Richard has been officially endorsed by campaigning organisation @48PercentPlus because of his support of the UK's continued membership of the European Union.

Contact: bassett@sotonld.org.uk


Steven Hulbert

Steven HulbertSteven lives with his family on Burgess Road in Bassett Ward. He has lived in Southampton for over 15 years and in Bassett for more than 10.

He has recently launched his own consultancy business after working in the insurance industry.

He is an active member of the Bassett FOCUS Team, a member of the St Vincent de Paul congregation and Vice-Chair of his children's school's parents association.

He is particularly interested in education, health and employment policies.

David Whalley

David WhalleyDavid was brought up in Bassett and went to school in Shirley and Taunton's. He previously worked as a head teacher of a primary school before entering politics where he became Leader of Cornwall Council.

David is passionately interested in working with local communities to improve the area. The increase in traffic in Bassett causes numerous problems as does the state of the roads.
"Southamtpon City Council has lacked leadership and direction," said David. "For too long the local politics has been a ping-pong between Labour and the Conservatives. In the past, an effective Liberal Democrat group of councillors have made sensible proposals to balance the budget without the swingeing cuts pushed through by the ruling Labour group".

Ward Information

Bassett is the most northern ward in Southampton, bounded by Swaythling to the east, Coxford to the west and has a population of around 13,340. It is a northern gateway and main route into Southampton via the M3 and A33 and is an area of contrasts.

The west of Bassett Avenue/ The Avenue is dotted with semi-detached and detached private housing as well as a golf course and the Sports Centre. To the east is terraced housing inhabited by long-standing close-knit communities such as on the Flower Estate.

Bassett Focus

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