Aston Line Welcomes You
Labour Councillor For Westborough Ward & Parliamentary Candidate For Southend West, 2019
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Southend-on-Sea City Council
Takes Action Against Fly-Tipping
Aston Line has put a motion to Southend-on-Sea City Council, suggesting that a digital “wall of shame” should be created in order to expose fly-tippers who are caught in the act.
He said: “The vast majority of residents want to live in a clean city. Unfortunately, we are being let down by the few who think that it is perfectly acceptable to dump their waste and unwanted furniture on our roads and in our public places. Fly-tipping ruins our street scene and poses a genuine threat to the environment. People want to take pride in the area they live in, and they are fed up with having to walk past piles of rubbish on their way home.”
When asked how much the scheme might cost, Councillor Line explained: “Clearing up incidents of fly-tipping costs the local taxpayer a substantial amount of money, which we currently have to factor into the overall price of our waste contract. This scheme will cost very little to run and it will inevitably pay for itself many times over by significantly lowering the number of incidents that we face. We will have cleaner streets and we will be able to provide better value for money for our local taxpayers.”
Traditional enforcement can prove costly to the Council in legal fees. Additionally, fines are frequently ineffective deterrents as a fine disproportionately punishes those who cannot afford to pay it, whereas businesses or wealthier individuals may see a penalty fine as ‘worth the risk’. Public exposure as a selfish fly-tipper on the other hand, is not the kind of press that any person or business wants. I am confident that if implemented a ‘wall of shame’ would prove an invaluable tool in our fight against the fly-tippers."
I want to restore the sense of civic pride that we used to have in our streets. Everybody needs to accept a degree of social responsibility, and if you are not willing to get rid of your own waste responsibly then you can count on us to support the community who suffers because of you.”
Aston Line Co-Founds Fans Supporting Southend Foodbanks
Hunger Doesn't Wear Club Colours
We have partnered up with Southend United Football Club, as well as Roots Hall's closest pubs The Blue Boar and The Spread Eagle in an effort to prevent those in need from going hungry.
Facing the cost of living crisis, all of us are feeling the economic pinch at the minute, but even in spite of this, loyal Shrimpers continue to help support our soon-to-be city's poorest and most vulnerable. When you leave home for your match, remember your last minute checks: 'Ticket, scarf, tin for the food bank...'
Hunger doesn't wear club colours and though food banks should not have to exist, whilst they do, the overwhelming generousity of Southend United Football Club fans refuse to let people go hungry. Everybody deserves to feed themselves and their family with dignity.
Aston hosts Shadow Secretary of State
Aston: "It was an absolute pleasure for us to host the Shadow Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy, Jonathan Reynolds MP, in Southend-on-Sea.
As Southend West's Business Liaison Officer, I arranged a "round table" event so that local business owners had the opportunity to directly tell the Shadow Minister what they want to see the Government doing to support them in the wake of the pandemic, and in response to the global energy and fuel crisis.
Mr Reynolds was delighted to recieve such a warm welcome from Southend's business community, and he was also keen to hear people's ideas for reinvigorating Britain's high streets."
Aston raises an astonishing £710 for lifesaving mental health and cancer charities by growing a moustache.
Thank you to all who donated.
In the City of Southend-on-Sea, anything is possible.
Labour Did Not Stand In Parliamentary By-Election
It has been two years since I had the honour of standing as The Labour Party's Parliamentary Candidate in my home town (now City).
It is true to say that we did not get the result we had hoped for that night. Nationally, Labour suffered one of its worst defeats since its beginnings. We knew that the election would be a difficult one before going into it. With Brexit at the forefront of people's minds, our country found itself in an unprecedented state of polarisation, with that one issue overshadowing the rest of the political debate.
Labour offered a message of hope. We put forward a transformative plan to rebuild our nation and to heal our divides. We campaigned on a platform of public ownership, a green industrial revolution, and a long-overdue end to austerity. I was immensely proud to stand on that manifesto.
From a six week standing start, we ran the biggest campaign that Labour ever has in here.. We lost some ground since the 2017 General Election, but we still find ourselves in a much stronger position going forward than we were in 2015, with 5000 more votes and a 10% larger vote share. Labour can win in Southend West.
So much has happened since that night though. Shortly after the election my father sadly passed away following his long and difficult battle with cancer. As a nation we have endured the weight of the global pandemic; each of us making enormous personal sacrifices to keep our loved ones safe. And in October last year, we lost Sir David Amess, the man who beat me on the night; to continue in his many years of public service to Southend.
Following that tragedy, we took the decision that it would not be right to stand a candidate in the by-election for Southend West. The election only took place as the result of Sir David's murder, and I refused to let an act of terrorism influence our Democracy. The seat will remain Sir David's until the next full General Election, at which point Southend Labour will fight it will the vigour and intent that our constituents deserve, and that Sir David had come to expect.
Rest in peace, Sir.
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Aston Line - ELECTED
Westborough Ward, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council By-Election 2021 results:
CAMPBELL, Collin - CON 550
EDEY, Suzanna - LIB DEM 344
GUILDFORD, Vida - GREEN 176
JONES, Anne - LAB 873 (Elected)
JORDAN, Stephen - GREEN 220
LINE, Aston - LAB 920 (Elected)
PILLEY, Jason - PSYCH 37
SHAIKH, Tamkeen - CON 343
VEL, Dr - IND 424
WEBB, David - LIB DEM 327
Making a Difference
The Issues At Hand
I am standing up for our local NHS services. Southend Hospital is under threat, and I am proud to be a member of the 'Save Southend NHS' community campaign.
Lobbying together we secured huge public support and applied enough pressure to the (then Conservative) Council for them to refer the STP plans to slash vital services from Southend Hospital back to the Secretary of State.
I am committed to ensuring that Constituents of Southend West have access to the best healthcare services available and, as your Councillor, I will oppose any changes to Southend University Hospital that would damage patient care.
I will fight any proposal that puts patients at risk or delivers a postcode lottery for healthcare.
It was the greatest honour of my life to stand as the Labour Party’s Parliamentary Candidate for my home Constituency of Southend West in the 2019 General Election.
For the last couple of years I have been privileged to represent Labour Party members in Chalkwell Ward in our fight for the Council. In October 2020 I was selected by Party members to be their Candidate in Westborough Ward, and on Thursday 6th May 2021, I was elected as a Labour Party Councillor on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council - now City Council.
I was born and raised in Southend-on-Sea. I am a small business manager and an active community campaigner for causes including our NHS, the environment, and affordable housing. Southend is a beautiful place to live, but it is certainly not without its troubles. Here, we face high rates of burglary and drug-crime, perpetual problems with parking, and a population increasingly concerned by the growing threats to local NHS services.
Our Labour Councillors in Westborough have worked hard to ensure the area gets its fair share of resources. I pledge to be a hard-working representative who understands local people and the needs of Westborough. I have close ties to the Ward, my family’s business is on West Road, I spent most of my teenage weekends working for my late father in Glenwood Avenue. I will fight tirelessly for the needs of Westborough and I promise to be an unrelenting voice on Southend Council for residents right across the Borough.
A vote for me is a vote for a strong voice to represent you. I am already fighting to save our struggling NHS, fighting to invest in our schools, to end homelessness, to address crime and antisocial behaviour, and to make the vital local changes needed to tackle the global climate crisis.
Red Red Line!
Legendary British reggae and pop band UB40 have thrown their weight behind Aston's campaign, endorsing him to be Labour's first Member of Parliament for Southend West.
Meet My Westborough Ward Colleagues
Cllr Anne Jones
Anne was Aston's running mate in the 2021 by-election. Anne has represented residents of Westborough since 2016 and she is currently the Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing, having previously held the portfolio for Children & Learning on the Council.
Cllr Kevin Robinson
A long-serving public servant and healthcare professional, Kevin has been a Councillor for Westborough Ward since 2014. Kevin is the Deputy Mayor of Southend-on-Sea, previously having been the Cabinet Member for Business, Culture & Tourism.
Pictured: The Westborough Labour Team donating the Westcliff Library Christmas tree, 2021.
Aston Line (Left), Cllr Anne Jones (Centre), Cllr Kevin Robinson (Right)
- Mon, 05 SeptWestcliff Library05 Sept, 12:00 – 14:00Westcliff Library, Westcliff Library, 649 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 9PD, UKIf you are a resident living within Westborough Ward, please feel free to come along to one of our monthly Councillor surgeries to discuss any issues important to you and hear what ambitious plans we have for the Council in the coming years.
- Mon, 03 OctWestcliff Library03 Oct, 12:00 – 14:00Westcliff Library, Westcliff Library, 649 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 9PD, UKIf you are a resident living within Westborough Ward, please feel free to come along to one of our monthly Councillor surgeries to discuss any issues important to you and hear what ambitious plans we have for the Council in the coming years.
- Mon, 07 NovWestcliff Library07 Nov, 12:00 – 14:00Westcliff Library, Westcliff Library, 649 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 9PD, UKIf you are a resident living within Westborough Ward, please feel free to come along to one of our monthly Councillor surgeries to discuss any issues important to you and hear what ambitious plans we have for the Council in the coming years.
- Mon, 05 DecWestcliff Library05 Dec, 12:00 – 13:00
- Mon, 09 JanWestcliff Library09 Jan 2023, 12:00 – 12:05
- Mon, 06 FebWestcliff Library06 Feb 2023, 12:00 – 14:00
- Mon, 06 MarWestcliff Library06 Mar 2023, 12:00 – 14:00
- Mon, 03 AprWestcliff Library03 Apr 2023, 12:00 – 14:00
- Mon, 08 MayWestcliff Library08 May 2023, 12:00 – 14:00