Alister moved to Canterbury in 1989 as a boy and the city has been his family’s home ever since. He developed a passion for politics at an early age and found it frustrating to see elected politicians not actually representing the very people who voted for them, and not giving individuals a voice. He wanted to change this, so in 2017 he returned to academia and secured a 1st class honours degree in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Kent.
He then put theory into practice and in 2021 stood in the Kent County Council elections as the Labour candidate for Canterbury City North. With the aid of a great team, he was successful, and won by more than 900 votes.
As a county councillor Alister sits on several committees that oversee supporting children and young people, and scrutinising council’s policies, resources, and governance. In the chamber he is vocal in challenging Tory decisions that adversely affect the lives of Kents residents.
In the community he has worked with various groups to help plant one thousand four hundred and seventeen trees this planting season, supported a number of school and university socialisation and educational projects, supported community centres in acquiring medical equipment, is in the process of helping to fund a community shed, and is working with Resident Associations to implement a 20-mph zone in their area.
He understands the importance of supporting community led projects, and as your City Councillor he will play an active part in your community – he will be on your side within Canterbury City Council.”
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