I have, this weekend, been internetually challenged as a result of moving flats (still within Southend). As a result, Julian Ware-Lane has beaten me to breaking the news: yes, on 8th May 2015 I will be the Labour Party candidate for the ward of Blenheim Park in the borough of Southend-on-Sea.
The sitting councillor is James Courtenay, who I will grant is one of the more capable councillors that the Tories have left. Those who remember May of this year will recall I stood against Tony Cox in West Shoebury, another Tory whose absence in the chamber is felt by his colleagues.
The ward is also represented by Graham Longley, leader of the Lib Dems and cabinet member for
photo opportunities Enterprise, Tourism & Economic Development. The third councillor, elected last year, is UKIP’s Floyd Waterworth, PPC for Rochford & Southend East and one side of the Southend UKIP civil war.
I am delighted to have been selected by the members of Blenheim Park Labour Party to fight James Courtenay next year. The Tory administration, of which he was a key part, was roundly rejected by the voters of Southend this year, and the Conservatives have shown that they have no new ideas since.
I am looking forward to speaking to local residents, listening to their concerns, and offering them a real, positive, Labour alternative to the fear and negativity offered by the Tories and UKIP.