Chiswick Homefields Candidates

Mark Cripps - Chiswick Homefields

Based in W4 since the mid-Nineties, my global travels (I have lived and worked in Europe, Asia and North America), have exposed me to a diverse range of peoples, cultures and attitudes which I respect, embrace and always endeavour to incorporate into my life.  At my core, I’m a progressive – believing in, and defending, liberal values. I have worked in the private sector my whole life – exclusively in the marketing and advertising industry – where I gained a reputation for ‘getting things done’ – something I’d be honoured to build upon for the residents of Chiswick Homefields.


James Charrington - Chiswick Homefields

I've been a member of the Liberal Democrats since 2016; I joined after campaigning for remain in the EU referendum. I work in arts marketing, helping to attract audiences for London's theatres. I love the city where I live and am committed to making Chiswick Homefields a liveable, thriving part of it.



More details about the Chiswick Gunnersbury candidates


The three Liberal Democrat candidates for Chiswick Gunnersbury ward are:

Jo Guppy - I have lived in Chiswick since 1997. I was born in Guildford in Surrey, moving to a small village in Dorset at the age of 10. I went through the local comprehensive school system and 6th form college in Dorset studying Performing Arts and then moved to London when I was 18 years old to seek new challenges from the big city. I then became a mother and then started my career in marketing. I have worked in marketing for over 20 years in the telecoms sector and also good causes.

I am now a grandmother and as Chiswick is my home, I would like to help with local issues that we, as residents are facing on a daily basis. I feel as being a local resident for so many years and facing all these challenges I have real insight to give and listen to from the local community and this is something I am very much passionate about. I currently volunteer in a local foodbank but would like to help further and listen to my local communities wants and needs.

William Francis - I am a Social Research masters graduate who is working part-time as an e-commerce assistant whilst studying accountancy at Richmond college. I have been living in Chiswick for nearly all of my life. I am thrilled to help make our community a more vibrant, caring and welcoming place, particularly through protecting our high-street from poorly thought out LTNs, unfair business rates and botched cycle lanes. I believe I can bring the enthusiasm, vigour and dedication to the council Chiswick needs and deserves.

Helen Cross - Helen has lived in Chiswick since 2001. She is a businesswoman who has built a successful career in technology and the digital economy, specialising in robotics and AI. Helen started out in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, born in her local NHS hospital, going through the comprehensive school system and then to university. She wants everybody to have the opportunity to achieve the life they want. Growing up as a mixed race child gave Helen a real insight into being a minority within a community and the importance of defending all minorities.

As an elected councillor, Helen will give a voice to local residents who have been ignored by Labour and are not represented by the Tories. She will work to make sure the measures implemented by the council work for all residents in our community.

Hounslow Liberal Democrats have announced their candidates for the local elections on May 5th 2022


The Liberal Democrats are an alternative to both the traditional party. Their candidates are all local people who care for the borough and the wards they are standing in. Lib Dems will work for better public services but also protect taxpayers from waste and inefficiency.

Labour have taken local people’s votes for granted. So, if you want to see a change in the council but don’t want to give your vote to Boris Johnson’s sleazy, rule breaking Tory Government then DEMAND BETTER. And vote Lib Dem on May 5th.

Hounslow Liberal Democrats have announced their candidates for the local elections on May 5th 2022:

Chiswick Gunnersbury:
Helen Cross
William Francis
Jo Guppy

Chiswick Homefields:
James Charrington.
Mark Cripps.
Leigh Edwards.

Chiswick Riverside:
Guy De Boursac.
Charles Rees.

Hanworth Park:
Liz Trayhorn

Heston Central:
Chaitan Shah

Hounslow West:
Carl Pierce

Hounslow South:
Krishna Valluru

Hounslow Heath:
Sally Anne Billenness
Warwick Francis

Joe Bourke
Robert Campbell Thorpe

Osterley and Spring Grove:
Judith Kowalczyk

Syon & Brentford Lock:
Phyllis Ann Van Der Esch
Jack Balleyntine
Christopher Gillie


Don’t let Boris get away with it


Local Liberal Democrats are calling on local voters to send a message to Boris Johnson that the lying has to stop. While you obeyed the lockdown rules he partied at Number 10.

A Prime Minister who has committed a criminal offence should resign. But Boris doesn’t believe the rules apply to him. He never has and never will.

Tory Justice Minister Lord Wolfson resigned because of what the Prime Minister did. In his resignation letter, he said he had come to ‘the inevitable conclusion that there was repeated rule-breaking, and breaches of the criminal law and that the scale, context and nature of those breaches mean that it would be inconsistent with the rule of law for that conduct to pass with constitutional impunity".

If you don’t believe us then read this independent web site edited by Peter Oborne:

Lord Wolfson is right. Johnson’s lies can’t be allowed to pass unchallenged. A vote for the Tories will allow Boris to carry on as he always has.

Send him a message on May 5th and vote Lib Dem.

Drop by for a Coffee

On Saturday 6 November, we hosted our first 'Drop by for a Coffee' event.  Megan's At The Flower Market proved an excellent venue for a casual coffee, as we discussed national and local issues.  We also had some new faces join us!  Please look out for the date of our next coffee meet and do come along.

Chiswick Lib Dems host Afghan Refugee Talk

In October we collaborated with West London Welcome to find out more about how we could support recent refugees and asylum seekers in
our area.

Our thanks to Jo MacInnes and Stephanie White for a wonderful discussion and tips on how to best support recent arrivals.

For more information head to the West London Welcome website



Chiswick LibDems invite you to our next event, Supporting Afghan Refugees in our local community

The event is on Wednesday 13 October from 7pm to 9pm, at The Catholic Centre, 2 Dukes Avenue Chiswick W4 2AE

Wine and soft drinks will be available to purchase, with the first glass free.

Our guest speaker will be Jo MacInnes Director of West London Welcome, a community centre run for and with refugees and asylum seekers living in West London. She will explain their work with refugees and asylum seekers and offer ways in which we can all help. This will be followed by a Q&A.

This is a FREE EVENT however donations to West London Welcome are encouraged.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Chiswick Lib Dems Offers Support to Afghan Refugees


Helen Cross - Parliamentary Spokesperson 


What is happening in Afghanistan is heartbreaking to watch.  The situation is quickly deteriorating and it is very difficult to comprehend the scale of the suffering and despair which ordinary Afghans are experiencing. We are watching a humanitarian crisis unfold as hundreds of thousands flee their homes.  Many members of our own communities across Hounslow have cherished family and friends in Afghanistan and they are concerned for their safety. Our thoughts are with them at this time.

Hounslow Liberal Democrats welcome the Council’s announcement that it will play its part in providing sanctuary to Afghan migrants fleeing from the Taliban. It is vital that it works with partners, statutory bodies and private housing providers to ensure that those seeking refuge are welcomed to the borough, provided with a safe home and given help with the little things in life that will make a huge difference - registering with a GP, setting up a bank account.

However, this Government must provide emergency funds so that local authorities can provide a safe place for these vulnerable people who will need to rebuild their lives.  The UK Government’s humanitarian response is too narrow and nowhere near ambitious enough.  The pledge from the Home Secretary that the UK takes 5,000 Afghan refugees in the first year of the new Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme is too few and unjustifiable slow.  We can not abandon those fleeing the Taliban, particularly those who have stood by our armed forces and vulnerable groups such as women, children and the LGBTQ community.

London has a proud history of offering sanctuary to those seeking refuge.  Over the last week, ordinary people across the borough have stepped up and offered their support and solidarity.  As a community, we can proudly say refugees are welcome.



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