We are Lee Coulbeck and Billy Dasein, East Marsh residents who are standing for election as part of the United4EastMarsh campaign. We believe in putting the East Marsh first and in removing party politics from our local government. We are committed to working with other groups and individuals who share the same approach.
That’s why we are standing as Independents under the campaign banner of United4EastMarsh
I am a single parent of two, and I’ve lived on the East Marsh for over ten years. I am a key worker and an active member of the USDAW Union. I am a founder member of East Marsh United (EMU), a community group set up by and for residents. This is what East Marsh United have done already:
- secured hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding for projects
- developed community arts and education projects
- bought 3 houses and refurbished to a high standard
- become an ethical community landlord that really cares about our families
- helped launch a highly successful construction company giving well paid employment to local people.
I was born and grew up on the East Marsh and live in the very same house – the East Marsh is my home! I went to Shal youth club as a kid and am currently Chair of Shalom Youth Trust and work very closely with the lovely Shal gang. Like Lee, I am a founder member of East Marsh United.
United4EastMarsh are focusing on 4 main themes around…
Voice Action Money Home
The 4 planks of our campaign are Voice (People’s Assemblies), Action (Cleaning up the East Marsh), Money (Housing, jobs and growth), Home (East Marsh Action Plan). We will work to help the community find its voice, to take action for itself, to get the money to make… our shared home.
We are working from and with our community to win back power from the old
political parties to become genuinely effective and responsive to our community’s needs now and for the long term.
In this campaign We will be holding 4 pre-election United4EastMarsh Online People’s Assemblies around each of our main themes and will be inviting our community and friends more widely to join us in exploring what these themes might mean for the East Marsh. This is a chance to help us develop policy for if and when we become part of the council.
But, we won’t be stopping there. Whether or not we get elected this time, U4EM will continue to hold People’s Assemblies about policy and values and how we can make our East Marsh home a great place for everybody.