Ribble Valley Prospective Labour Parliamentary Candidate David Hinder has announced that Labour will field a record number of candidates in this May’s Ribble Valley Borough Council local elections.
Speaking to members prior to the campaign launch later this month, Mr Hinder said: “Since coming second in the General Election in 2010, Labour Party support in the Ribble Valley has continued to grow in local, county and European elections. This May, for the first time, Labour intend to fight every council seat.”
Ribble Valley Branch Campaign Team Manager Charles Cathcart commented: “I am delighted at the number of first time candidates who will be standing on May 7th. The strong interest from Young Labour members has been particularly pleasing.”
Mr Hinder continued: “The recent defection to the Conservatives by Clitheroe Lib-Dem councillor Ruth Hargreaves highlights the need for an effective opposition on Ribble Valley Council. Local people deserve an alternative to the Tweedledum and Tweedledee arrangements that have led to ineffective opposition and a local planning shambles.
“Whether the Lib-Dems hope to defend Coun. Hargreaves’ 63 vote majority over Labour remains to be seen. This episode once again illustrates the need for a change at local level from the cosy arrangements that sadly filter down from the Coalition Government.”
Mr Hinder added: “‘No go areas’ for Ribble Valley Labour are a thing of the past. More importantly, this May’s fiercely contested local elections will be a ringing endorsement of the healthy state of local democracy.”