Labour announces candidate for General Election in Bridgwater and West Somerset

Labour candidate WesHinckes

The Labour Party has announced that its candidate to challenge Ian Liddell-Grainger in his Bridgwater and West Somerset Seat on June 8th will be Sedgemoor District Councillor Wes Hinckes who represents the Hamp ward of Bridgwater .

Wesley is 44 and lives in Bridgwater, Somerset which has been his family home for over 18 years. He is an experienced businessman and qualified coach including 10 years as a Director of a Digital Consultancy in London.

A ‘belief in social action’

Wes is committed to a belief in social action and the ability of everyday people to organise and shape their community. As part of his work in this area he has previously been invited to an international British Council organised event which brought together Active Citizens from around the globe.

Wes says “I dedicate my life to family and friends, good causes and community work. I’m a charity trustee and a District Councillor and I believe that people can work together to improve their local areas and develop the strong bonds of their communities.”  

Caring about ‘people, relationships and local economies’

Wes joins the campaign against benefits sanctions

Within Bridgwater Wes is applying his skills with Unite the Community. Unite are Great Britain’s largest union and this initiative extends their support further out into our communities bringing a range of benefits to people out of work, including access to a legal helpline, debt counselling and assistance on claiming benefits.

Wes says “I care about people and relationships, communities and local economies, and the importance of our natural environment. These are values that I believe should belong at the heart of society, business and politics .”

A ‘voice for those who may not be heard’

Wes on the ‘defend the NHS’ stall at Bridgwater Cornhill with Labour Town Council Leader Brian Smedley

His sister Rosie is autistic and in residential care, giving him a deep understanding of disability and social care.

He is passionate about advocacy and giving a voice to those who may not be heard.

Wes says “My younger sister has autism and she is the key inspiration in my life. She gives me an insight into the needs of others in our society and highlights the bonds that unite us as people, families and as a nation. It is through these experiences that we develop our humanity”.

Vote Labour on June 8th

Wes welcoming Labour MP Stella Creasey to Bridgwater

Wes is the Shadow Portfolio holder for Customers and Communities .

At the recent local government elections Labour retained both county seats, its district seat and its town council seat. Labour runs the Bridgwater Town Council 14 seats to 2 and is clearly the strongest placed party to challenge the Tory control of Bridgwater and West Somerset.

Wes says “Please join me in helping our Labour Party, our local people, and our local area succeed. We need to end Tory austerity that is hurting our people and to do that we need a Labour Government. Please vote Labour on June 8th

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Last time round

In 2015 Mick Lerry (Labour) came third but increased the Labour vote and overtook the Lib Dems whose vote collapsed following their period in Government with the Conservatives. UKIP came from nowhere to 2nd place.

This means that in 2017 the combined Tory and UKIP vote is almost 35,000. Labour is clearly the leading progressive oppositional party and if ever there was a case for tactical voting this is one.


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George Macpherson
George Macpherson
6 years ago

If people value our schools, hospitals and police force – not to mention care for the elderly, road repair and the construction of sufficient council housing – they cannot vote Conservative.

Labour truly has a chance of winning this seat if we back THE PARTY and not treat this as a presidential election.

The Tories know, in the heart of hearts, that they stand for ‘I’m all right Jack, pull up the ladder’ – so if they have children or grandchildren, or a sick, elderly relative – they WILL VOTE LABOUR – if they follow their conscience. A Tory vote is a selfish, exclusive vote.

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