2014 Council candidates

Blackheath Westcombe ward’s three Labour candidates for the council elections on May 22nd 2014 were Paul Morrissey, Cherry Parker and Damien Welfare, whose biographies are below. 

Paul Morrissey and Cherry Parker were elected as Labour councillors for Blackheath Westcombe ward and their contact details can be found here.

To find more about what they campaigned on, click here. You can read Labour’s Manifesto for Greenwich by clicking here.

Former Labour councillor Alex Grant, who had represented Blackheath Westcombe ward since 2002 (and before that Vanbrugh ward from 1998 to 2002), stood down at the elections on May 22nd. You can read his farewell message here.



Paul MorrisseyPaul Morrissey has lived on Tom Smith Close since 2000, and has just been elected to serve as chair of the Residents’ Group there for a second time.

Paul has a lot of experience of listening to his neighbours’ concerns – and taking action to get things done. He has campaigned for better repairs service for tenants and leaseholders in council Housing, and is also actively involved in the new Greenwich Line User’s Group which is campaigning for better rail services.
Paul worked for Greenwich Council for a while in 2011-2012, working on the regeneration of the Greenwich Peninsula. Paul has 30 years’ experience in the voluntary sector and Local Government, mainly in the regeneration and education fields, helping to ensure that inward investment benefits everyone, and especially the most marginalised in society.
Paul is chair of South East Enterprise, a support service for small businesses in Greenwich and Lewisham, and is a governor at Greenslade Primary School. 
Cherry ParkerCherry Parker lives on Kidbrooke Park Road with her husband and young son.
Her family has lived in Greenwich for generations: her mother grew up on Lewisham Hill and has spent her career working with disadvantaged people. Her father runs a small business.
Cherry started out as a journalist and has spent the past 10 years influencing  national policy and campaigning for change in recycling, social care and home safety.
Cherry works part-time advising social entrepreneurs and runs the Greenwich Timebank to make it easier for people to help their neighbours and get help when they need it in return.
Cherry is a governor at Invicta Primary School, a member of the Blackheath Society, a friend of Blackheath Halls and a trustee of the Age Exchange in Blackheath Village.
Cherry tweets @cherryparker and has a personal website, http://www.cherryparker.me
Damien WelfareDamien Welfare is a barrister specialising in local government and Freedom of Information. He and his family live on the Cator Estate in Blackheath. Damien went to school in Blackheath, and was brought up in nearby Lee/Grove Park.
An experienced political campaigner, he is a former Parliamentary and local authority candidate. He worked in local government for 18 years, and is a strong supporter of local authorities as the democratic voice of local communities. Damien has been a school governor and member of a neighbourhood forum in another area. He is also a long-standing campaigner nationally on democratic issues.
A daily rail commuter, Damien is extremely concerned at the disruption, and long-term loss of services, facing rail-users on the Greenwich and Blackheath lines from the rebuilding of London Bridge.
Damien’s other priorities for the area include the provision of more affordable housing, promoting cultural and library services, and the protection of the environment.



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