I've had life-long links to Tunbridge Wells, and I moved from Norwich to Tunbridge Wells in the late 1990s.
I live and work locally, which means I'll be free to represent local residents at council meetings as well as doing case work.
I joined the Liberal Democrats seven years ago, as I wanted to get involved in politics in a meaningful way.
Since then, I've campaigned on a number of local issues, such as parking permits, and I've also run for office at Borough, County and Parliamentary level.
In 2015 I was the PPC for Bexhill and Battle.
In 2017, I was the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Tunbridge Wells. I came third with over 5500 votes, which was a 1,000 improvement on 2015’s result.
I was also part of the successful campaigns to rid Tunbridge Wells of the old cinema site, and also to keep Tunbridge Wells in the EU.
My wealth of experience demonstrates that I'm a capable candidate with a lot to give.
I will bring a fresh perspective to Tunbridge Wells, as I am truly focused on bringing more innovative ideas to the ward.
I have more than 1700 followers on Twitter, which shows that I have a certain level of influence. My political experiences have honed my interpersonal skills, and I pride myself on being able to adjust my style to my audience.
I'm an energetic, experienced and spirited candidate who's keen to make a difference.
Join the Liberal Democrats tomorrow to march for a people's vote. Councillors Ben Chapelard and Mark Ellis with some of our members and supporters will be taking the 10:09 train from Tunbridge Wells (10:12 from High Brooms). The march will start in Park Lane at noon and walk to Parliament Square. Information can be found here. Please join us!
Dave Funnell, a former civil servant walks down Rusthall High Street. It’s a walk he’s done often being Rusthall born and bred. Dave grew up and has spent his whole life living in the village surrounded by an extended family.
"We are so lucky to have a vibrant high street with no empty shops. You have almost everything you need in Rusthall High Street. How many villages let alone places can boast a vibrant high street these days?"
He believes in shopping local and supports many of the village businesses groups and associations. "There really is no better place to live in Tunbridge Wells for a wonderful community spirit."
Dave intends to stand in Rusthall as the Liberal Democrat Candidate and for Rusthall Parish Council for the forthcoming elections in May and wants to be able to continue in a family tradition and try to serve the community as best he can. He, alongside his wife is currently a General Committee Member of the Bonfire and Fete Group (something his aunt and uncle helped to start over 40 years ago). Dave also volunteers with the elderly lunch club and the library plus is also involved with other community groups in the village.
"Having lived in Rusthall all my life, my neighbours and my community’s concerns are naturally my concerns. When I talk to people on their doorstops, they voice the very same concerns I and my family have had. Three things that come up constantly are: - speeding, parking and congestion."
Dave has volunteered for the speed watch campaign and does his training within the next two weeks. One issue he really wants to address is speeding in the village via the 20 is plenty campaign and other traffic calming measures working alongside the Parish Council.Read more