Havant North East – Lynn Tolmon
I’m Lynn, your local Labour candidate. Is Labour perfect? No, but I’m a proud member of the party that was created to make the world fairer.
I’m from an old Emsworth family, and was raised in a culture of ponies, pools and superiority; as a child I was asked what I’d do with the house I was going to inherit, and horrified the family by replying that I would let everyone who needed somewhere to live move in with me. I am proud to say I grew up and did precisely that, before heading off to university to study archaeology.
I spent ten years living in the shadow of Liverpool Football Club, in one of the most economically desolate parts of the country, and co-founded Homebaked, a community land trust that has literally changed Anfield. We started out selling sandwiches to football fans to raise funds, and now it’s housing & employing local people, and winning awards as a bakery and housing co-operative. We believed the community deserved better, so we made Anfield better for everyone.
I moved back to Hayling Island when my son was a baby in 2016. Since then I’ve recycled, repurposed and rescued junk to build a home and garden run on ecological principles. I’m an Olio distributor (we take leftover food from supermarkets and distribute it to people who want it), I campaigned to save the railway cottages after they were burned down, and I’ve marched to fight the closure of children’s centres across Hampshire.
I intend to find out what matters to you, so that I can do my best for you, but here’s what I consider a priority for this neighbourhood –
- spending the council budget on what matters, not on management and consultants.
- making sure new homes don’t come before doctors surgeries, road improvements, and infrastructure.
- fighting climate change by making green living easier and more rewarding.
- reversing Conservative spending decisions – we need police on the streets, childrens centres, domestic abuse refuges, school buses, social workers, health visitors, public transport.
- new ways of meeting community needs – CICs, CLTs, peer-to-peer provision, community barter networks, grass-roots activism.
- zero tolerance for prejudice – sexism, racism, snobbery, appearance, sexuality, bullying; I won’t stand for anything except respect and kindness.