Cllr James Leyshon
James was born in South Liverpool and moved to the area to undertake a degree in History and Politics at Lancaster University.
James joined the Labour Party when he was 16, and has worked in various roles at different levels in the party. These include working in the Labour Group Office in Liverpool City Council, gaining a real insight into the tremendous work of local councillors, to working for a member of the shadow cabinet in her constituency office.
Despite his age, James has also worked as a disability support worker and also has held down a numerous jobs alongside his studies.
James will work at helping protect residents from cuts to key services which have been made more likely due to cuts to local authorities’ budgets. James also feels a need to work to combat apathy and feels that engaging large sections of the student electorate who have become disillusioned with politics is key. He feels that stressing the vital role of Labour Party councillors at a local level is essential to increasing turnouts amongst younger voters and will strive to achieve an increased presence across the ward.
Cllr Anne Whitehead
Anne spent her childhood in the North of England, most of her working life in the South East of England, and then moved to Scotforth in 2007. She has worked as a statistician in the agrochemical and pharmaceutical industries, in agricultural and medical research institutes, and latterly as a professor at Lancaster University developing statistical methodology for testing new medicines. Since retiring in 2013, Anne has been active on behalf of the Labour Party in Lancaster. She won election to the City Council in May 2015, and is a member of the Council Cabinet and portfolio holder for Finance, Revenues and Benefits.
Anne enjoys living in Lancaster, watching plays and films at the Dukes, listening to music at the university and hiking in the wonderful countryside that surrounds our city.