Andy Bentley is our Parliamentary Candidate for Swindon North, where he stood in the 2017 General Election. He is also co-Chair of the Swindon Humanist Society.
"I'm a 53 year old father of two who has lived in Swindon for the last 15 years. As an IT Consultant I've worked for some of the biggest global names in finance, retail and manufacturing.
I became involved in local politics because, as a Humanist, I believe that each of us should do our bit to make the world a better place.
I'm a strong believer in more co-operation in politics. I represented the Green Party on the Swindon Housing Action Campaign (SHAC) and had a small role in each of the community bids for Lydiard Park. I've worked with a variety of political parties, campaign groups and individuals each trying to make a positive difference in Swindon.
I am strongly opposed to the government’s austerity agenda, and the devastating effect it is having on local council services.
I grew up in a council house, went to school in a comprehensive school run by the local authority, borrowed books from the public library to help with my homework and fire my imagination. I was the first in my family to ever dream of going to university. Although both my parents worked, it was only because I got a full grant that I was able to go. Without these things I would not be who I am today, and I will fight to give others the same opportunities in life that I have had."
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