Cllr. Mohammed Hanif
Oakridge and Castlefield
I arrived in England in 1971 and since then lived in High Wycombe. I am married, have three grown up children who went to local schools and are now working. I have been a district councillor from Oakridge and Castlefield ward since 2011. It has been an honour to hold that role and work for the local residents. I served as town mayor during 2015-16 and it was such a privilege to work with schools, local charities and see the excellent work that goes on in the volunteer sector.
I have been a school governor at Castlefield, Millbrook and have recently joined the governing body at Oakridge School. Also as Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Ambassador, I help local primary and secondary schools with science events and career seminars.
I have recently retired from a managerial role with a major multinational company. I have the energy and enthusiasm to make a difference hence devote time for dealing with local concerns and issues. I believe that the appropriate and sustainable growth must be supported by improvements to infrastructure. I aim to bring voices of the residents who we work for, opinions and ideas from businesses who we work with and fight for the core services we need to protect.
High Wycombe should continue to be vibrant and prosperous. Prosperity of the Town can be increased by effective marketing of its unique heritage and better co-ordination of businesses and industry.
While not afraid of conflict I enjoy team working at a nuts and bolts level and at the same time most willing to listen and learn from others
Cllr. Sebert Graham
Oakridge and Castlefield
I migrated from Jamaica in 1960 and I lived in London for the first 6 years of being in the United Kingdom. In 1973 I moved to High Wycombe and since then it has become my home. My 3 grown-up children all attended schools in High Wycombe and are still residents of the area.
My passion for politics really arose during the years of Hugh Gaitskill and Harold Wilson, under their leadership most people from African-Caribbean community found the Labour Party to be their preferred choice, because the Labour Party believes in equality, justice and fair play, among all its other qualities, but above all in our National Health Service which if we are not careful the Conservatives will destroy. We cannot and must not allow this to happen on our watch.
I am proud to be a member of the Labour Party. I have seen the good times and the bad times, but as our base is broad, what we must never do is to give on up our beliefs.
We have the County Councils Election coming up in May. Let us all get out there in large numbers and show the people that we are a strong and united party. The Labour Party is the only party that can bring about the changes that we all want, such as reversing the cuts in public spending, social care, shortage of prison officers etc. These are only a few reasons why we cannot afford to be complacent. If there is a time that we need Labour councillors at County Hall, it is now.
Cllr. Rafiq Raja
Leader of the Labour Group
I have grown up in High Wycombe and have lived in the Bowerdean ward since 1977. My children have been born and brought up here. I understand the issues facing the people in the ward, from badly maintained roads and footpaths to lack of any amenities as well as the issues parents face in trying to place their children in the school of their choice.
I was honoured and privileged to be elected Leader of the Labour Group of Councillors after the District Council Elections in May 2015. I and my fellow colleagues continue to fully apply ourselves to serve on various committees and continue to scrutinize the work of the majority Conservative Group; highlighting issues which matter to the ordinary people of High Wycombe.
WDC has submitted a proposal to the government to have two unitary authorities in Bucks following from the need to modernise local government in Buckinghamshire. We will try to ensure that the Council takes all necessary steps to ensure that the new set up is capable of delivering the core services to the local residents, including proper investment in housing and infrastructure for an efficient delivery of the core services; needed to support the wellbeing of the people of the District, given that there is a projected growth in population.