picks its candidate for Highbridge and Burnham by-election
has announced its candidate for January's district council by-election
in the Highbridge and Burnham Marine ward following the resignation
of Joe Leach.
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here,
Lib Dem Joe Leach has stepped down due to work commitments, prompting
the by-election on January 24th.
Labour Party has announced that Ricky Holcombe, who lives in Burnham,
will stand as its candidate.
Holcombe has been a trade unionist and a member of the Labour
Party for more than 30 years. He said: "I left school at
16 and started work as a coal miner and took part in the 1984/85
miners' strike. I witnessed first hand what a Conservative government
did to communities of decent, hard-working people."
claims: "Amazingly we have gone back in time 25 years in
18 months to be faced with cuts to services, privatisation and
commissioning of the NHS, attacks on pensions, the transformation
and masked privatisation of the education system, the highest
unemployment ever and the biggest onslaught on welfare and employment
rights that this country has seen."
Mr Holcombe added that he believes Highbridge has been "let
down" by the Liberal Democrats and needs Labour representation.
you vote Conservative, at least you know what youre going
to get. The Liberal Democrats have betrayed the voters of Highbridge
by supporting a government which looks after the rich. As a committed
Labour Party member I say 'enough is enough', the betrayal of
the country by the Liberal Democrats, hiding behind the coat-tails
of the Conservatives, must be stopped if we are to salvage anything
that this country takes pride in."
Secretary of the Sedgemoor District Labour Group, Cllr Brian Smedley,
added: "The Lib Dems have been wiped out in Bridgwater and
now with the resignation of their leader they have one solitary
councillor left on Sedgemoor. Their erratic attendance at meetings
already is letting down their voters badly and clearly Highbridge
would benefit from electing a Labour councillor as we are the
only serious opposition group confronting Tory-led Sedgemoor Council."
for January's by-election are open until mid-day on December 27th.