Daisy is Labour's candidate for the Littlebrook by-election.
Daisy with campaigners
"I'm Daisy and I am standing to be your local Councillor. I want to give Littlebrook a proud local voice. It would be an honour for me to follow the great example set by John Muckle. I live here on Temple Hill and work in Erith. Over the years I have learnt and know what is important to the people of Dartford. As a local resident, I know that there are growing frustrations about parking, about rubbish, and the cleanliness of our streets. I am very concerned about the state of our town centre and want to give greater support to local businesses.
"If you elect me, I promise to work hard to be a strong voice for all of you. On the doorstep you have raised concerns with me about your local Sure Start centre. The Temple Hill Sure Start centre provides vital services such as childcare, education and support to local families and attracts over 800 users each year to its specialist facilities. That’s why we'll continue to campaign to keep it fully open for current and future local families.
"Many residents have also raised concerns with me about parking problems on Temple Hill. If elected I shall consult further with local residents to see what measures can be introduced to ease these concerns. Local shops both on Temple Hill and in the town centre complain about the lack of council support. I shall work hard with local businesses to try to secure a better deal for them."
"I’m not going to make promises that I can’t keep, but I promise you this:
• I will hold regular surgeries to help you with your problems.
• I will build stronger relations with key community groups.
• I shall be out regularly in your street to talk to you about your issues and concerns.
• I will work to protect vital local services such as Sure Start.
• I will work to support and promote local shops and businesses."
Simon Thomson, Labour's parliamentary candidate, says:
"I was delighted when I heard that Daisy had been selected as our candidate. She has the passion to be an outstanding councillor for the residents of Littlebrook and continue Labour’s work of safeguarding local services, particularly the Sure Start centre which was threatened with closure.
"I know she shares my anger at the way Dartford has been treated by a Conservative council. For over a decade the local Tories have presided over the decline of our Town Centre and the shambles that is Lowfield Street and we desperately need a fresh start.
"Littlebrook has also suffered terribly under this Government. From increased waiting times at GP’s Surgeries, to the spiralling cost of rail fares and energy prices residents have been hit hard. Labour will invest to protect our NHS, freeze energy bills and cap rail fares but we can only_ do this with a Labour MP and a Labour Council working together.
"I hope you will give Daisy your support so we can start changing Dartford for the better."
Temple Hill councillor Tom Maddison says:
"No-one will be able to fill John Muckle's shoes. But with Daisy, it's time for a younger generation to pick up the baton and run with it. I want her working with me to protect the Surestart programme for young mums and dads; making sure there's a safe environment for everyone; and work and social opportunities for young people on the Hill.
"I think it is dreadful that UKIP are being so opportunist in not waiting until May for this election, They have decided to waste your money on this election that no-one wants or needs. I would urge everyone, young and old, to get behind Daisy."
Cllr Ann Muckle, of Farnol Road, says:
“Littlebrook will welcome a councillor who will listen carefully to residents’ wishes and concerns. Daisy Harper fits the bill nicely.”
Michael Stribbling, Littlebrook resident, says:
“Daisy will certainly prove to be a very worthy successor to John Muckle who served this area with distinction for so long.”