Cowley Hill 2015


Your Labour team for Cowley Hill


Welcome to the Cowley Hill page

Three councillors serve the Cowley Hill ward.

Currently (until 7th May 2015) they are:

Ann Harrison (Labour)

Ernie Butler (Labour)

Michelle Vince (Labour)

On 7th May all three will retire and you will be able to vote for the following Labour candidates:

Ann Harrison


Ann has lived in the area for over 30 years and is a retired engineering manager. She has represented Cowley Hill since 2004 and has an unrivalled knowledge of the issues and problems of the area. She is the leader of the Labour Group on Hertsmere Borough Council and has been working with her fellow Labour councillors to retain facilities under threat from savage Tory cuts. She has a wealth of experience as a local councillor and a strong record of achievement for the community being instrumental in saving two services for the elderly. She has been fighting alongside local residents to keep the Maxwell Park Community Centre and Guides Headquarters, a fight that has yet to be won.

Over the last few years she has seen how much harder it has been for young people to find somewhere to live and how many more residents are have housing problems: families being evicted from private rental accommodation because their landlord is arbitrarily putting up the rent, delays in disability benefit causing people to struggle to meet rent and council tax payments and bedroom tax payments driving mothers to the food bank when they have a choice between paying rent and feeding their families.

The majority of problems brought to Ann concern housing and housing repairs. She will continue to work to get residents the help they need and deserve.

Hundreds of houses are being built across Borehamwood but very few will help local residents to find accommodation in the area. Average local wages will not provide sufficient income to raise a mortgage or pay the ever increasing rents. Ann will fight to ensure that the money being generated for infrastructure from the building of all these houses is used to address the problems being experience by Borehamwood residents.

The latest threat from the Tories to offer right-to-buy to all housing association tenants would totally destroy any chance the next generation have of securing somewhere to live in this area.

A strong Labour presence on Hertsmere Borough Council will ensure that you voice will continue to heard.

Richard Butler


As you will have seen, Richard is standing as our parliamentary candidate this year.  Although he hopes to be your new MP, he is committed to local issues and whatever the result will continue to work hard on your behalf.


Michelle Vince


Michelle Vince has lived in Cowley Hill all her life and was elected as a Borough Councillor for the first time just under a year ago.

She lives with her two sons who are attending local schools and colleges.

Michelle worked for many years for the DWP and has considerable experience of helping local residents having problems with benefits claims.

Michelle stated: “In the last 11 months as a Councillor I have been appalled at the number of local residents who have been affected by and are in despair at the changes the Tories have introduced to the benefits system. Those with disabilities find themselves with no money for weeks after incorrect assessments and the Bedroom Tax is putting families into debt with no prospect of finding suitable alternative accommodation. Those who find themselves homeless through no fault of their own are often being put into accommodation outside the Borough with severe implications for their jobs and their children’s education

Our young people need more activities to occupy them particularly in the school holidays and I will continue to work with local residents and organisations to help provide these”.

She wants to continue to work with local residents to use her years of experience to help them with their problems and fight for the resources to preserve and expand facilities for all residents. 



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