We'd like to introduce our Executive committee


Joan Barnett Membership Secretary & Vice-Chair

Joan Barnett

A Mancunian by birth but I have lived in Wiltshire for nearly 40 years.  I have three children and six grandchildren.  For 20 years, I worked at the Citizens Advice Bureau as a Debt Adviser and recently as a Director of Wiltshire Savings and Loans Credit Union.

Through my work in both of these positions and my own personal background as a child of a single parent have seen and understood the daily struggle for working families under Tory governments.  

The recent cuts to Local authority funding and public services have hit our communities hard.  Unless we challenge the Tory domination of local and National politics this will only get worse.

 Sylvia Card Chair
Sylvia Card I was born and brought up in Cornwall. I studied at the L.S.E. and graduated with a degree in Social Policy and a Masters in Health Economics. I was a Senior Lecturer in Health Policy at Brighton University for many years.  I moved to Marlborough with my husband a few years ago, to be closer to my family.   

I believe that society is deeply divided and that in recent years that gap has widened. I have been involved in grass roots politics for the whole of my adult life and I know that real change only happens when communities come together to make demands on our elected representatives.    In my view, Wiltshire Council operates in a totally undemocratic manner. Decisions are made by a group of likeminded people and then put out for “consultation” in a farcical way. A healthy democracy can only be achieved when alternative voices are heard and by challenging the status quo. If I am elected I will work towards a more equitable system.

Deborah Cunliffe Campaign Organiser
Katherine Davies Women's Officer
Katherine Davis  
Rod Evans IT Co-ordinator
Di Harris Trade Union Liaison Officer
Di Harris

I was born in Cardiff but grew up in Wiltshire, returning to Cardiff to study for a degree in Clinical Biochemistry. After working in research for several years I left laboratory life behind to become a medical journalist - obtaining an MSc in Health Promotion and an MA in Mass Communication along the way. I turned freelance when family caring responsibilities meant I needed to be based at home, and during this time I began a 15-year relationship with a professional theatre company touring to schools, spending over 10 years as their Chair. Twenty years ago, I took a huge change in direction professionally and now write about international inland waterways.

I joined the Executive of Devizes CLP in 2016 as the Trades Union Liaison Officer. I’ve been an active member of the National Union of Journalists for many years and have held several national lay activist roles, which include sitting on committees dealing with Ethics, Equality and Freelance issues as well as representing the SW on the NEC. I am Chair of the Wiltshire NUJ Branch and a founder member of the White Horse (Wiltshire) Trades Council.

I have fought against inequality from early childhood and it has been a driving force throughout my life. I was a member of Bath Community Health Council, briefly a trustee with Kennet Action for Single Homeless before representing KASH on the board of the Salisbury-based homeless charity Alabare and I’m currently a trustee of a homeless charity in Swindon.

I care passionately about the NHS, the cuts in essential Council services, the need to support vulnerable people and the ever-growing inequality driven by government policies. 

Jason Haythornthwaite-Davis Treasurer
Jason Haythornthwaite I live in Aldbourne with my wife and two children.  In my spare time, I volunteer as a coach at Ramsbury Football Club where I talk to many parents on the touchline.  I hear so many worries about education, housing and health and I am concerned about the legacy that we are leaving for our children. 

I can no longer stand by and watch some of the decisions that are being made in the local area in our name. When we think about what is important to us in our local council, can we honestly say that we believe that the decisions that are being made are for the social and financial benefit of our society?
Our front-line services are too precious to be allowed to dwindle to nothing. I want to see the Labour Party turn these things around.

Social Secretary

Laura Naylor Secretary
Laura Naylor I am proud to call Devizes my home. I was born in Wiltshire and have grown up here. I would love the opportunity to support and work with the local community in Devizes East.
I first started championing people's rights as a volunteer here in Devizes at the local Citizens Advice Bureau before moving on to a paid role with the CAB in London. I moved back to the South West several years ago and worked in social housing and I currently work in the voluntary sector. I have a degree in Sociology and an MSc in Social and Political Theory.
Jenny O'Neal EC Member
Steve O'Neal EC Member
Steve ONeal I was born in Thrapston, Northhamptonshire, thanks to my British mother and an American father. He was serving in the United States Army Air Corps, which later branched off into the U.S. Air Force, during World War II. On that day, the British Army was liberating Belson concentration camp.

I was educated at Midland College, Texas, with a degree in Paralegalism, which lead to a Masters degree in Health Organization Management from Texas Tech University.
I believe that our present leader, Jeremy Corbyn, will lead us, with our help, toward what LBJ called the Great Society, which is why I joined the Labour Party.

Rachael Ross Vice-Chair
Rachael Ross  I joined the Labour Party in 2017 around the time of the anniversary of Jo Cox death, with a sense that it was time to stop shouting at the tele and start to make a real difference locally. I have lived in the Pewsey Vale for over 20 years and run a small business from home.

I was born in London and developed strong values around fairness and the value of community right from my early days, attending a truly diverse inner London state school – Burdett Coutts. I studied languages at University and worked in industrial relations in the energy industry before founding a training and consultancy business, specialising in diversity and leadership.

I have been involved in social and political change throughout my working life and my aim is to help develop the Labour Party as a really positive alternative in what has been a strongly conservative constituency for many years. I am excited by the opportunity to serve my local community in a different way, and inspired by the leadership being shown by the Labour Party in finding a way back to a more community focused, outward facing country, serving the many not the few!  

Kath Shaw Campaign Organiser
Kathleen Shaw

Devizes Town Councillor

I have lived in Wiltshire for 35 years and in Rowde for 20. Originally from the North East, I am a retired science teacher and education consultant. I have 3 grown up children.
I now run a small business with my husband making and selling horse and dog grooming products. My interest are local issues, horse riding, dogs and reading.

Noël Woolrych  Social Media Co-ordinator etc...
noel woolrych

I'm the tecky one!  Originally from London, I have lived in Devizes for 40 years. I've spent most of my life in the political arena.  I have represented the East Ward of Devizes for 12 years as a Town Councillor and the Town as "Mayor of the Millennium". I have stood as a candidate at Town, District & County levels but now take a more advisory role.  As a local businessman I care passionatley about the local economy,tourism and the town in general.
I have been involved with homeless issues over the last 30 years and am a Trustee of Devizes Opendoors. I am a Director of the Devizes Development Partnership and manage the CCTV in the town (having been involved with Community Safety for nearly 40 years) and run the Town website. I've been involved with many of the town's major activities and organisations.






Hope Campagn

On Saturday 30th September Devizes Constituency Labour party Members were out campaigning to share with the public that with Labour there is Hope for a Better Future.

With Labour there is Hope for a Better Future with investment in our NHS, to stop the closure of hospitals, to reverse the privatisation and to stop the Sustainability & Transformation Plans – better known as ‘Slash, Trash & Privatise’. There are positive policies for young people, for working people with a promise of a real living wage of £10 per hour and a promise to the elderly to maintain free bus passes, winter fuel payments and invest in social care so everyone can live in dignity.


If you will be away on polling day, at work or on holiday, are physically unable or just don't have the time to get to a polling station to vote in person, you can still exercise your democratic right to vote. You may have moved house since the electoral register was drawn up and have not yet joined the register at your new address.

You can choose either to vote by post or to appoint someone else - a proxy - to vote on your behalf.

To find out more about voting by post, please visit the Government's official site where you can download an application form to vote by post -
Simply print the form out, complete the details and send it to the local Electoral Registration Officer at the local council's offices.

The last date for receipt of new postal vote applications is Tuesday 18 April 2017 and deadline for of proxy vote applications is Tuesday 25 April 2017.
Electoral Services Department,
Wiltshire Council,
Monkton Park,
SN15 1ER.
Tel: (01249) 706599

Your Labour Party are campaigning on these Local issues

Council Tax - saving you money
Labour Councillors have a track record of consistently advocating small Council Tax increases, bearing in mind that inflated increases hit those on low or fixed incomes hardest. Indeed in some years the Town Council Tax actually went down or stayed the same.

Traffic Congestion
This is a serious and growing problem in the Devizes area. Labour Councillors continue to press for better traffic management, encourage alternative means of travelling short distances such as encouraging cycling. Bus transport should be encouraged rather than the current situation where evening bus services have been axed leaving those in rural communities isolated. Labour Councillors will continue to monitor and report road maintenance and pavement defects.

Labour Councillors would adopt a more robust approach to planning decisions. Proposed housing developments need to be accompanied by relevant infrastructure and a realisation that Devizes has a finite capacity for housing. Employment sites should be retained so that Devizes does not simply become a commuter town.

Parking is becoming a problem in many residential streets, partly as a result of higher car park charges imposed by the Tories at Wiltshire Council. Labour Councillors will support a residents parking scheme where appropriate as oppose to swinging car park charge increases.

We believe that Wiltshire Council must keep the public better informed about major developments and changes in policy. More public meetings would be useful. This would ensure the representation of more local opinions.
We need to strengthen the partnership arrangements between County and Town.

Your Health Service
Whatever Government is in power Labour Councillors will continue to fight for appropriate facilities and clinical services that are needed locally. We conducted a petition, and were invited to meet with some members of the CCG.  The meeting was very positive, and we hope that new planned initiatives will be announced shortly.

Labour Councillors have always campaigned for an affordable CCTV system for Devizes. At last it is happening now! This has increased Community Safety and significanlty reduced malicious damage and unruly behaviour in the Town Centre.

The formation of more residents’ Housing Committees and the interaction of the Youth Forum will help to reduce the sense of Community in many parts of Devizes and mutually supportive relationships. We will support these initiatives.

Affordable Homes
These will remain on the agenda of every Labour Councillor.