The four candidates selected to fight for Labour in the Somerset county elections next year have met up to begin planning the campaign. They gathered at Weddon Cross, in the heart of Somerset’s biggest electoral division, Dulverton and Exmoor.
Standing in that division will be Jacki Leighton-Boyce. She said:
“The stripping away of public services, including the decrease in public transport, is having a devastating effect on the lives of a large proportion of our rural population. Voting for Labour on Exmoor would be actively working towards creating lively, inclusive and compassionate communities that work for everyone.”
Lesley Culverhouse will represent Labour in the Dunster division: She said:
“I am standing for Labour to give people the chance to vote for good public services in areas such as adult social are and looking after vulnerable children. A vote for Labour will be a vote for a better future for West Someset.”
Robin Nuttall is standing in Watchet and Stogursey. He said:
“A new awakening has led to UK citizens believing that the old system is broken and it’s time to balance things in favour of the majority, not just the few. We need policies that work for people, not only profits.
Andy Lewis will contest Minehead. He said:
“Tory rule in Somerset has been disastrous. Services have been cut and the county’s finances are in chaos. Labour believes in decent services, provided directly by the council and paid for by a reasonable level of taxation.”
The county council election will be on May 4th 2017. Labour will have candidates for all 54 seats across Somerset.