I am absolutely delighted to be able to report that yesterday the members of Southend West Constituency Labour Party chose my good friend (and fellow local politics blogger) Julian Ware-Lane as their candidate for next year’s general election.
For the past two years Julian has been representing Milton ward on Southend Borough Council, and has been one of the loudest cheerleaders for making Southend a better place to live, as well as one of the hardest working campaigners in the borough.
I think he’s a fantastic choice to take on David Amess, the sitting Tory MP. Like myself, Julian is a proponent of grassroots politics, and most weekends (and more than a few weekday evenings) will see him knocking on doors somewhere in the borough and discussing local (or national) issues with residents.
Southend desperately needs the change which Labour is offering in 2015; the rot of 14 years of Tory rule locally has already been stopped by Labour on the Council, but for Southend to truly prosper we need change in Westminster too. Julian Ware-Lane, along with Ian Gilbert as Labour candidate for Rochford & Southend East is the man to deliver that change.
I look forward to hitting the campaign trail with him in the months to come.