Candidate for Councillor, Cannon Hill Ward
Ryan Barnett has been selected as the Labour Party’s candidate for the Cannon Hill by-election, following Mark Kenny stepping down due to ill health.
Barnett has lived in the ward since being born in St Helier Hospital, and has worked across the borough – in call centres, pubs, and at his beloved AFC Wimbledon. He also has been a keen volunteer in the area for both Wimbledon Food Bank and the Wandle Conservation Project.
Having completed a Masters in Political Economy, he now works as an economist specialising in campaigning on behalf of small businesses and self-employed people.
“I was born at St Helier Hospital and live in Haynt Walk. I want to represent my fellow residents to ensure they have access to the best possible local services.
Having attended Hillcross and Joseph Hood, I am alarmed by Tory and Lib Dem cuts to school funding and the Tories’ record with the NHS. I know that a Labour-led local council is the best line of defence against cuts to vital services, I’ll fight hard to keep our hospital and fund our schools properly.
Residents deserve a safe Cannon Hill. Merton’s Labour Council is introducing 20mph zones. I will press for these to be delivered around our school gates as soon as possible.
I will work hard with fellow Councillor Pauline Cowper, to ensure the council moves on illegal encampments safely and fairly from the Common.
Local people need strong representation in the face of chaotic Tory government. My combination of professional experience, personal commitment, and local knowledge means I can offer that crucial representation.”