Ian Cuthbertson works as a Software engineer and is Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the new Penistone & Stocksbridge constituency.
Ian is 64 and, after having lived and worked for most of his life in and around West and South Yorkshire, now resides in York with his partner Carol.
What do you like most about your job?
Both my day job (in IT) with a local mutual insurance company and my political and community work give me a tremendous sense of achievement and job satisfaction, though they can be very demanding and do need a lot of commitment. It’s working as part of a team that matters to me, whether I’m leading it or contributing to it as a member. And the longer-term projects I’m involved with also give me the same sense of doing something that’s worthwhile, positive and continually moving forward.
Who is or was the most important influence in your life?
Several people. First my parents, through the love and care they gave me. The senior manager who got me started in IT at a point when I had no sense of career direction. My partner Carol, who is a constant source of inspiration, guidance and support.
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On Friday night in Broomhill, Sheffield Liberal Democrats formally adopted their two high-profile Sheffield candidates that they hope will be representing local people as MPs in Westminster after the 6th May General election.
Clegg and Scriven followed by Deputy SCC Leader David Baker
Paul Scriven has been adopted for Sheffield Central, a seat that has become a Labour-Lib Dem marginal due to boundary changes. It will be a close contest with the Liberal Democrats hoping to gain the seat from Labour.
Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg MP was also adopted for Sheffield Hallam, a seat that the Liberal Democrats have held since 1997 and Nick has been an MP for since 2005.
Both seats contain wards that for part of North West Sheffield News Online’s own readership constituency. Continue reading
NW Sheffield News joined approximately 75 representatives from community and voluntary groups all across Sheffield yesterday at Voluntary Action Sheffield as they “met the candidates” standing in the General Election.
Nick Warren, Chief Executive of VAS, was largely non-partisan as he chaired proceedings which started off with a 10-minute presentation from each of three Prospective Parliamentary Candidates:
Three candidates and a chair
After their presentations – mostly revolving around their own experiences of voluntary work (Blomfield’s hint at covert work in South Africa for the ANC being the most interesting) – there were a number of pre-chosen questions that centered on immigration, housing, role of voluntary-sector organisations in delivering public services, adult education and active citizenship. Continue reading
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A recent survey shows that people feel more secure thanks to measures introduced by Sheffield City Council trying to deal with anti-social behaviour in the city.
The survey, commissioned by the local authority, suggests that Sheffielders’ perceptions of ‘vandalism, graffiti and other deliberate damage’ as a problem had dropped from 40% in 2008 to 35% in 2009. The Lib-Dems who control the Council say that the figure had risen from 36% to 40% between 2006 and 2008 under Labour. Continue reading
Sheffield deserves priority over Doncaster for bus improvements, according to Lib-Dems.
Liberal Democrats on South Yorkshire’s Integrated Passenger Authority are set to propose that the Sheffield and South Rotherham area is promoted to first in line to be offered the chance to use Quality Bus Contracts in order to see improvements to local bus services.
At the moment the South Yorkshire Integrated Passenger Authority (ITA) plans to offer Doncaster the chance to use quality contracts that would see Councils able to regulate local bus services.
However, Lib Dems believe the Mayor of Doncaster has made it clear he doesn’t see better buses as a priority and he isn’t prepared to support the bus priority measures that would be required. The Lib Dems in Sheffield believe that, as a result, Sheffield and South Rotherham should be prioritised over Doncaster so that the area becomes the first place in South Yorkshire able to use the new powers. Continue reading