If you are a Labour Party Member and live in the six key Bridgwater Town wards of Hamp, Eastover,Westover, Fairfax, Dunwear or Victoria , then you are welcome to attend the Victoria Park Community Centre this Saturday (27th October) to help interview and then vote for the Labour candidates that you would like to represent your area on Sedgemoor District Council in the 2019 elections.
The event will run from 9am and will finish by 1pm.
You will need to bring your Labour Party membership card.
Members from each ward, in the following order, will be able to have their say
Labour councillors are currently in place for each of the seats (Hamp 2, Eastover 2, Westover 2, Fairfax 2, Dunwear 1, Victoria 1) and therefore they are considered ‘winnable’ (in Party jargon). Some sitting councillors are asking to be-selected, some are standing down and some totally new candidates are putting their names forward.
This year there is the added incentive of getting more women candidates as we are running the first seat in each ward as a ‘women only shortlist’
If there are less than 6 Labour members from each ward present then the CLP Executive (Bridgwater area) will be asked to join the ones who are there to make the decision.
The Exec (who will need to be there from 9am) are as follows
*Chair Gary Tucker (BW)
*Secretary Brian Smedley (BW)
*Vice Chair/Membership Mick Lerry (BW)
*Treasurer Tony Heywood (BW)
*Youth Officer Gemma Shanahan (BW)
*Trade Union Liaison Glen Burrows (BW)
Additional Executive Members;-
*Leigh Redman (BW)
*Karen Heyward (BW)
Bridgwater Branch Chair Gary Tucker says “The reason I re-joined the party was for Jeremy Corbyn’s vision to democratise the party and lead from the grassroots. This Saturday’s selections for Council candidates gives us an opportunity to put his vision into action. Here’s three reasons why should come to choose you candidates for the area you live in:
- Having a choice of who stands is healthy for democracy. We have sitting councillors in amongst the shortlist but we also have fresh faces. Surely, it is a good thing to have a choice of candidates- experience or new ideas or what about both??
- When it is raining and you are doing the hard work of delivering leaflets, you want a leader who inspires you to action in your ward! Having someone you chose who you want will make those miserable days a bit more bearable.
- You are part of the campaign from Day 1. Knowing who you chose, who you feel inspired by means you have someone to represent you but also someone who you can get to know better and feed into the process of campaigning and get your ideas into the campaign materials. Each Councillor candidate gets to form exactly WHAT we are campaigning on. Rather than have a campaign foisted on you, why not be part of it? A good starting point is choosing your candidate.
I hope these reasons have made you reconsider your plans for Saturday.You will be given full guidance. Come along and get involved! Are you coming? “