Basildon

Politics of Hope

Gavin Callaghan (right)

I’m 26-years old, which is pretty unusual for a parliamentary candidate.

My decision to stand for parliament has been inspired by my experiences of being a young person living in David Cameron’s Britain; a Britain that is far too unequal and where too often, opportunities are placed in the hands of just a few people, at the expense of the many.

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Basildon

Andrew Gordon to stand again in Nethermayne

Andrew Gordon has been re-selected by local Labour members to stand in Nethermayne at the Borough elections in May, Andrew was first elected in May2011 as one of the youngest councillor in the country and, for his work, he was shortlisted for Councillor of the year award.

Over the last few years, Andrew has been a vocal supporter of the Green Action Group that is fighting against the development at Dry Street, a keen supporter of disability equality being one of the only councillors who attends the South Essex Disability Forum and active in campaigning against part night lighting.

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Basildon

Local community wants the lights back on

Nethermayne_meeting1.jpgOn Sunday morning I was delighted to attend and speak at a meeting with local councillors organised by the local community in Nethermayne who have real concerns about the increase in crime in the area and want Essex county council to turn the street lights back on. The crime in Nethermayne was reported in last week’s Echo and residents are demanding action. Another Basildon Echo article highlighted this week that there are alternatives. Southend council are taking a phased approach to switching to LED lights stating there is “very, very clear evidence that lack of street lighting does increase crime”.

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Basildon

Housing benefit bill increases

1467229_1429475130632273_486777121_nLabour’s Parliamentary Candidates for Basildon have responded to official figures from Shelter which demonstrate that the housing benefit bill in Basildon has increased under the current Government.

Figures show a total of 13,880 housing benefit claimants in Quarter 1 of 2010 compared to 14,573 in Quarter 3 of 2013.

Mike Le-Surf, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock explained, “The Tory-led Government has made great play on the fact that they want to reduce the benefit bill and make housing a priority, so much so that together with the Liberal Democrats, they have set about introducing the pernicious bedroom tax.

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