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By-election in St Mary’s Ward on 20th October 2016


Bea Willar is YOUR Beverley Party Candidate



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At present none of the councillors on the  ERYC Cabinet are Beverley councillors: small wonder then that the interests of Beverley are being ignored. Key decisions about our town are made by people who who are not answerable to the voters of Beverley and it shows!

It is high time we de-party politicised the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and instead elect ordinary folk, not politicians, who simply want the best for OUR town!

We say NO to political power games and YES to common sense and a positive vision for Beverley and its surrounding communities.

Our rationale is simple: we love Beverley and want to protect its many great qualities and assets from threats driven by commercial and other ill-conceived interests.


At the local elections in May last year, and in the future, we intend to put forward candidates to stand for and on behalf of the people of Beverley with the aim of improving political governance in the town for the benefit of all its residents.


Who cares about Beverley?


None of the councillors on the  ERYC Cabinet are Beverley councillors: small wonder then that the interests of Beverley are being ignored. Key decisions about our town are made by people who who are not answerable to the voters of Beverley and it shows!


It is high time we de-party politicised the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and instead elect ordinary folk, who simply want the best for OUR town!


We say NO to political power games and YES to common sense and a positive vision for Beverley and its surrounding communities.

We are the Beverley Party!

The time has come to unite and give Beverley a real voice!


There are numerous individuals and groups across Beverley and the surrounding villages campaigning against controversial council initiatives and decisions, such as


- sprawling housing developments in greenfield sites;

- business developments that may threaten the viability of our lively market town centre;

- attempts at land-grabbing of our Commons;

- environmental damage;

- excessive council executive salaries in the face of cuts in front-line services;

- lack of transparency and democracy exhibited by our councillors, our elected representatives.


The time has come to bring all these people together, and set up a group with the ability to focus its energy directly to where it matters: to oust our existing councillors, who have been putting their would-be political careers and allegiance to their party before the interests of our town, and replace them with individuals who care about our community, our town and its surrounding villages.




Cross-party support for local campaigner Bea Willar


Local campaigner Bea Willar has been chosen to fight the up-coming Beverley St Mary’s ward by-election in a unique example of cross-party co-operation.


Bea, a teacher who lives in the heart of the ward on Central Avenue, has been jointly selected by The Beverley Party, the Green Party, the Yorkshire Party and elected members of the Independent Group on East Riding Council as their ‘Unity Candidate’.


Bea, a member of the Beverley Party, said of her selection:


“I am delighted to have been selected as a candidate for the by-election in St Mary’s ward on 20th October. I am proud to have earned the trust and confidence of the Green Party, the Yorkshire Party and independent councillors on ERYC. What this demonstrates very clearly to the electorate is that I am no party-puppet, but a local resident with a proven track record of campaigning on behalf of Beverley, from opposing a road across the Westwood to supporting the campaign to keep the old St. Nick’s school building for community use.


The issues in Beverley are clear to see:


- We need more transparency, integrity and accountability in ERYC;

- We need to put an end to Beverley being used as the “cash cow” for the East Riding; this means sustainable development of the right mix of houses, not cramming in houses everywhere without any regard for the existing neighbourhood;

- We don’t need our countryside and water supply destroyed by fracking;

- We need green space, sports and community facilities, youth provision;

- In short, we need different people on ERYC.


My motto is a very simple one: I want to hand over this town to the next generation with a clear conscience!


I am an “ordinary” person keen to make a difference for Beverley and the people who live here. I am confident that with the help of the other parties and the independent councillors, we will succeed, and that those welded to the old ways of doing things will learn from The Beverley Party and ensure that the demand of the people of Beverley for change is reflected in the councillors we elect to ERYC.”


The Beverley Party calls for local politicians to think independently and work collaboratively, so is delighted that one of their party members is the first one to have gained wide support under this different, innovative approach to local politics in Beverley and the East Riding.


 Stewart Arnold. Leader of the Yorkshire Party, said:


"This is a new way of doing politics and we are delighted to support Bea's campaign in this unique way. She won't be afraid to shine a light on some of the dark corners of the way East Riding council carries out its business. Bea will make a first class councillor for the people of Beverley."


Martin Deane of Hull and East Riding Green Party adds,


“We are proud to back Bea in St Mary’s this year. She is a hard-working independent alternative to the usual suspects. Bea is a local resident and she is focussing on the issues on people’s doorsteps - issues that matter to the area.”


Ros Jump, independent councillor on ERYC says:


“I’m supporting Bea as I know from her track record she’ll put the people of Beverley first. I’m backing Bea to break the political stranglehold and so give Beverley residents a voice.”


Finally, Gerri Scargill of the Beverley Party adds:


“We are glad that other party candidates have faith in Bea. For example, Labour’s candidate Margaret Pinder said of Bea: “She is a good egg and I absolutely respect her as a woman of integrity and commitment.”