Day: 14/12/2014

Judith McMahon for Kursaal

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Members of the Labour Party in Southend have re-selected Judith to contest Kursaal ward in the May 2015 local elections.

Judith has represented Kursaal since 2011, and before that had served a nine year stint as councillor for the ward. In that time she has stood up resolutely for the interests of her residents, focusing on making a difference locally.

Judith said,

Residents in Kursaal ward have more reason than most to need Councillors who get on with the job. My aim is to serve according to the values of the Labour Party and to stand up for residents against crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.”

In May of this year the Kursaal local election was won by UKIP’s Lawrence Davies, surprising everyone. Including, one suspects, himself. His performance in the role has been a catalogue of reasons not to vote for UKIP. My favourites include:

Kursaal is one of the most deprived areas of Southend, and desperately needs strong representation in the council chamber. UKIP are not the answer; they have proved that in a remarkably short period of time. In 2015, Kursaal ward needs Labour policy and representation; Kursaal ward needs Judith McMahon.

Neighbour problems? Don’t bother going to your UKIP councillor!

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Planning law is important. (Note: important, not necessarily exciting -Ed). It’s one of those areas that local government still retains the lion’s share of control over, and where residents can actually have a say over the development of their community.

I would suggest that even UKIP wouldn’t deny its importance. They have set themselves the task of defending the greenbelt from development, which as UKIP aims go is fairly reasonable. Presumably the way they mean to do this is via planning law.

But to listen to UKIP Parliamentary candidate for Rochford & Southend East, and councillor for Blenheim Park ward, Floyd Waterworth you would think that UKIP were opposed to the enforcement of planning law altogether. Not to mention, he’s incredibly rude about the very voters whose favour his position is dependent on.

I wonder what voters would make of that…

Read on…