Day: 06/05/2015

Why you should vote for Ian Gilbert in Rochford & Southend East


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I actually met Ian at the same time as I met Julian, at the Labour Party conference in 2012. And when I moved to Southend a few years later he was my councillor for the first year I lived here.

Honestly, voting for Ian is a bit of a no-brainer. He is the only progressive candidate on the ballot paper who has a hope of unseating James Duddridge. But even he he wasn’t, he would be my choice.

If you want an MP who is out for themselves, to climb the career ladder, then vote for Tory James Duddridge. If you want an MP who will fluster and shout, but ultimately be out of his depth, then vote for the Green candidate Cross Simon Simon Cross. If you want an MP who likely won’t even turn up, and not say anything even when he does, then UKIP’s Floyd Waterworth is your man. If you want… Actually, I can’t think of who exactly would want a Liberal Democrat MP…

Ian is a man with a record. As leader of the Labour group in Southend he has not only led the party into administration, but succeeded in building the first council house in the borough since the 1980skeeping paid staff in libraries, saving care homes from closure, and all under the cloud of a £11m cut from the Tory-led government.

A vote for Ian represents a chance to put an end to the cruelty of the coalition’s policies, to move towards a better future for the people not only of Southend, by the whole United Kingdom. Ian is a compassionate man, and a commensurate hard-worker. I know that he would make a fantastic MP, and so I urge you to do as I will be doing, and cast your vote for Ian Gilbert in Rochford & Southend East.

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Why you should vote for Julian Ware-Lane in Southend West


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Julian Ware-Lane was not the first person I met from Southend Labour (A somewhat dubious honour belonging to Rob Brown -Ed), but he was one of the earliest activists I met, at the Labour Party conference in 2012. By that point he had just become Labour’s first councillor in Milton ward.

Now he is standing for election to parliament, in the constituency of Southend West.

Julian is a good friend of mine, as well as being the councillor for the ward I live in. For the past six months I have had the pleasure of campaigning alongside him, and in my not un-biased opinion the people of Southend West could do no better for their next MP.

Bringing his activist campaigning style which has served Milton ward so well, I doubt that any of the other candidates have had quite so many conversations on the doorstep with voters as he has. His socialist principles of equality and fairness underpin everything he does.

I do not have a vote in Southend West tomorrow, but if you do, then I strongly suggest you vote for Julian. You could not ask for a more principled, dedicated and hardworking MP to fight your corner in the House of Commons.

Ten reasons why you should vote Labour tomorrow


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Tomorrow every citizen of the UK has a vote, to decide who will represent them.

Obviously am going to say that I think you should vote for your local Labour candidate. I am a Labour Party member, an activist, and I believe that Labour policy offers the best future for this country.

If you elect a Labour government tomorrow, Ed Miliband has already laid out the 10 bills which would feature in his first Queen’s speech. I detail them below, so that you can see what is really on offer here, and the better Britain which we are striving towards.

Read on…