Labour Party

Labour and the Greens tied amongst young people? Not even close…


labour young people infographic

I created this infographic in response to a local Green candidate sharing a similar one claiming that the Greens and Labour neck and neck, with data from January. She insisted that the polls were still the same today.

Upon my demonstrating that they are, in fact, very different, she branded it “bullshit” and deleted my post. So I’m sharing it here, for the world to see. Because I’m not going to be censored or bullied into silence by a Green Party who find facts inconvenient.

If anyone wants to check the data, my source is cited in the infographic itself, and the raw data can be found here, on YouGov’s website. Enjoy.

David Norman for Victoria


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In a move which will surprise absolutely nobody, veteran Labour councillor David Norman has been re-selected by local Labour Party members to contest Victoria ward in the 2015 local elections.

I say that it will surprise nobody, because David is one of the best orators in the chamber, and has achieved more than almost any other councillor in the last year of his term. David is presently a member of the cabinet, with responsibility for Adult Social Care, Health & Housing. In that role he has overseen the building of the first council housing in Southend since the 1980s, as well as a review of the previous Tory administration’s decision to close care homes.

Regardless of your political position, David has been an unambiguous force for good, and a benefit to the town of Southend-on-Sea.

David said,

I have been privileged to have represented the people of Victoria for the past 14 years and have always sought to ensure that their views are heard in the Council Chamber. I have also helped many hundreds of residents with their problems. I would welcome the opportunity to serve for a further term.

Until very recently David was my local councillor. I have never found him to be anything but principled, hard-working and dedicated. He has served his residents diligently for fourteen years, and I hope that they will give him the chance to do so for four more.

Charles Willis for Westborough


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Continuing my series of selection announcements for Southend Labour Party, I am delighted to be able to announce that Charles Willis has been selected by Labour Party members to contest Westborough ward in the May 2015 local elections.

My first bout of canvassing after moving to Southend was actually for Chas’ campaign in Kursaal. He unfortunately narrowly lost that contest, and I think most would agree that Kursaal ward is the poorer for it.

He will, I am sure, be a fantastic councillor for Westborough. On polling day I crippled my foot walking up and down the long straight roads which make up the ward. It was worth it, though, as the results saw two Labour councillors elected. I will be hoping for a repeat of that victory next year.

Chas said,

I’ll be working with residents to introduce the improvements they want to see in the ward and representing their interests at the council.

And I am confident that he will.

Blenheim Park deserves better


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This weekend the Labour Party campaign in Blenheim Park got started, with yours truly as the candidate.

Blenheim Park is an area which is currently represented by one councillor each from UKIP, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives, and none have given residents the strong representation they need in local government.

Read on…

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.

Gray Sergeant for Milton


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On Saturday 6th December, I was not the only Labour candidate selected to fight the 2015 local elections. Gray Sergeant was selected by party members in Milton to fight Labour’s number one target seat, and complete the revolution started by Julian Ware-Lane in 2012.

As a new resident of Milton ward, I am delighted with the choice of Labour Party members. (For those who are curious, I moved into Milton the day after the selection, hence I’m not describing it as ‘my choice’.) Gray did excellent work this year in St Luke’s ward, and was unlucky to come second to an invisible, voiceless Independent Party Group candidate.

He will, I am sure, do far better in Milton.

Jonathan Garston, as I have pointed out, is not a good councillor. He is near-enough invisible, something which has been thrown into stark contrast by the active, vibrant work of Julian Ware-Lane and Cheryl Nevin, the ward’s two Labour councillors.

Speaking of his selection and the challenges before him, Gray said,

It’s an honour to be selected as Labour’s candidate for Milton. I was born in Southend and have grown up here. I want to make my hometown a better place to live and work and somewhere people want to visit. Milton is a vibrant part of the town but also an area with many inequalities which I hope to address. I will work hard to deal with the local issues residents raise with me on the doorstep.

Gray will make an excellent councillor for Milton, I am sure of it and come May 7th he will have my vote. And if you want effective local representation for a better place to live and work, then you should give him yours.

Matt Dent for Blenheim Park


blog photoI 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.

Read on…

A little perspective, please


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Ed Miliband is in trouble.

This much is undeniable. Two of his MPs have defected to an insurgent party who are taking vast swathes of his party’s voters and activists. He has been forced into an embarrassing volte face on almost every policy position he initially espoused. More than 30 of his MPs have called for him to go, and now his party’s polling has dropped to 27%, within touching distance of UKIP.

Oh, hang on. That’s not Ed Miliband and the Labour Party, is it? That’s David Cameron and the Conservative Party.

Read on…