Councillor Richard Booth
Councillor from 2007 until 2011They say all politics is local and that everyone is interested in it - but people just don't like the word "politics" being used to describe it. It is with this in mind that I intend to put Wimborne and its residents ahead of unnecessary political pretentiousness and bureaucracy; I want to boost our economy, make social advances and promote our town's historic culture.
Born in 1988, I have lived in Wimborne for all of my life. I own and run a small film production company which is based in the town and I was educated locally. After making a feature film back in 2004 which received its premiere at our Tivoli Theatre, I have focused on making short films and music videos which also showcase the strength of our local arts whilst promoting East Dorset's potential for tourism.
I consider myself to be a people person and I have travelled quite extensively, most notably in the Middle East. I am a passionate Arabist and I hope that my experiences from that part of the world will allow me to build bridges with all communities and with different walks of life in our region. Furthermore, I have worked at Dumpton School in Furzehill, a position I found immensely rewarding as our children are indeed our future and anything we can do to broaden their horizons and deepen their education can only be a good thing.
My outside interests include tennis, film, literature, sociology, Arabic and politics. I intend to follow through on my campaign commitments by working for more police in Wimborne, doing my best to fund a community centre for Leigh Park, investing in the local arts, rejuvenating our town's economy and, above all else, being there to listen to you.