At a packed meeting in Stansted tonight local labour members nominated Keir Starmer for leader and Angela Rayner as deputy.
Tom van de Bilt has been selected as Labour’s candidate to stand for Saffron Walden Constituency in the next general election. Tom lives in Stansted with his wife, Sarah and their two young sons. Tom works for a Cambridge based software house and has had a diverse career in both the public and private sector, including working for three local authorities and for a market leading software provider to public libraries. He is a parish councillor in Stansted. Tom’s political priorities are to secure a referendum on any Brexit deal, tackle the climate crisis and reverse the crippling Tory cuts to public services.
Speaking after Friday’s meeting Tom said:
“I am delighted and honoured to be selected as the Labour candidate. I’m a committed socialist and a proud European in a pro-European socialist party. I’m looking forward to hitting the campaign and talking to lots of local residents about how labour can deliver for people across the constituency and build communities for the many, not the few.”
We are pleased to announce that Jane Berney will be our Parliamentary Candidate for the 8 June General Election.
Jane lives in the constituency and knows all about looking after a young family as well as the challenges facing older members of our families. She has a working career, and is a regular user of our public transport to travel between work and home. She is well aware of the range of needs in our diverse constituency, and has been an active campaigner for Labour here for many years.
Today local Labour members had a fantastic campaign session in Saffron Walden led by our excellent county council candidate for the town, Simon Trimnell. We hope to raise awareness about the shocking underfunding of the NHS which The Red Cross have called a humanitarian crisis.
January saw the return of our popular new year get together which was well attended despite some badly timed snow. In addition to a pleasant evening members arranged a collection for a local Foodbank.
Hello, this is just a quick update to inform members not at the AGM that I was very honoured to be elected to succeed Peter Donovan as secretary of our constituency party at the AGM in November. Peter and I will be working together over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth handover. I’d also like to thank Peter for his years of service, I’m sure he will be similarly indispensable in his new role as membership secretary. There remain a number of other vacant positions on the executive committee, especially a youth officer, a BAME officer and a campaign coordinator. If you’re interested in one of those roles or in volunteering in any other capacity then please get in touch. The last 18 months we have seen a dramatic increase in our local membership and the exciting challenge now is to grow this into an effective campaigning force that can work for real change in our communities.
Tom van de Bilt
In January many of us enjoyed a great curry at our new year social event in Dunmow Maltings. Our speaker Megan Dobson from the TUC (centre in the picture) took us through the implications of the Trade Union Bill now going through Parliament, and the impact it will have on all our rights and freedoms. Megan explained the serious issues clearly, but also with humour. Our thanks to her for coming to speak, and to Coral, Janet, Dave, Hilary and John for all their hard work on the arrangements. See more about the Trade Union Bill here. We’ll be ready to join with the major TUC campaign in February.
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