My pledges to you
  • If elected, my number 1 and overriding priority is to do my best for the people in Washington North Ward.
  • I will strive at all times to work hard and fight for Washington’s fair share from our city.
  • I want to foster and bring back a sense of community.  I want to create more awareness of things to do locally, both new and established. Youth clubs, groups etc. Helping to create a sense of pride and community in where we live whilst reducing anti-social behaviour
  •  Support residents and be a mouthpiece to highlight issues. Assist in getting them resolved in a timely manner.
  •  Always respond to queries in an honest and timely manner. I might not know the answer or be able to get a response that pleases everyone but I pledge to answer honestly with reasoning and if i don’t know – find someone who does! I want to be open, visible and approachable
Michael Walker - Washington North

Question to the leader of Sunderland City Council at full council Wednesday 27th of January 2020

“Does the Leader of the Council feel that it is appropriate for an elected member to publicly advocate distrust in the Covid-19 vaccine at a time of rising cases and deaths?”

One of the many ways that I get involved in our community is by doing my bit to keep it clean and tidy

I’m very proud to have been chosen as a candidate to represent the Labour Party in Washington North and would like to thank Councillor John Kelly for 12 years of outstanding service to the people of Washington.

Having been a local resident in Concord or Sulgrave for nearly all of my life, I understand the issues which concern local people. This includes fly tipping, antisocial behaviour, lack of quality shops and the need for affordable social housing although this list is certainly not exhaustive.

I am 37 years old and married with three children. I have previously been a school governor at Usworth Colliery primary school and assisted in running a local football club here in Washington. I am married to Linda who is committed to supporting both myself and the community. I pledge, if elected, to listen to all groups, young and old within the community and will strive to push forward the Washington agenda at all times.

Getting to know Michael

What is special about the place you grew up?

I grew up at High Row (next to the Coach Road, opposite the british legion). I have fond memories of knocking on my mates after school around The Oval (before mobile phones etc) to go play football on the whitefences field (the fences aren’t there now).

What car do you drive?

3 kids so a Vauxhall Zafira because its practical.

What book impacted you the most?

I’m currently reading Book of Dreams by Peter Reich. The story was retold in song form by the Kate Bush song “Cloudbusting” It’s quite interesting. The book that most captured my imagination as a child was The Odyssey.

What misconception do people have about councillors that you wish you could change?

People assume you may come from privilege or doing it for the wrong reasons. As a candidate, it’s quite scary putting your head above the parapet and opening yourself up to scrutiny and attention. My dad is a sheet metal worker and my mam is a cleaner. I’m doing it because I care passionately about where I live and want to make a difference.

When did you last go on holiday and where?

Scarbrough! We managed to have a little caravan break away at Blue Dolphin. It’s all about the quality time together with the family and making memories


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