Berwick constituency Labour party today (19 April 2014) selected local Druridge Bay Councillor Scott Dickinson to fight the seat in the General Election 2015.
Local Labour party members backed him to take on local coalition candidates in the seat as Labour moves to cement its campaign ‘as the only anti coalition party’ in the 2015 poll. Scott works with local youngsters on the Hadston House Youth Project based in Chevington and is also the Business Chairperson on Northumberland County Council. He also chairs the powerful Health and Wellbeing Committee which coordinates County Council and Health services and spending in Northumberland. He was raised in North Northumberland and his parents currently run a small business near Berwick after his father left the RAF at Boulmer. Scott says ‘Berwick blood runs through his veins’ and he described his selection ‘as the best birthday present’ as he turns thirty this week.
Labour in Berwick have selected Scott after a three month selection process which has focused on how a Labour government could tackle deep seated social issues of low wages.
Scott said “It’s been a thorough and very competitive selection and I want to say a big thank you to my competitor Rebecca who fought a really good campaign. The hard work starts now as we seek to make our case to the people of North Northumberland and they can be assured that I’m already working hard to make the case for extra resources to tackle long seated problems of low wages and rising prices in our area. We’ve got to deal with the effects of the coalition ‘cost of living crisis’ on the people of North Northumberland.
I’ll be campaigning to build more affordable homes for local people, tackling local issues like the state of North Northumberland’s roads and pavements and I’ll be highlighting that only Labour are pledged to tackle sky rocketing energy costs with an 18 month energy price ‘freeze’.
In North Northumberland, residents have had Liberal representation since 1974 who have campaigned to dual the A1 yet four decades later there’s still no dualled A1 and wages are stagnating and prices are rising. I’ll be making the case that only Labour will offer a real alternative to a Tory Lib Dem coalition which has squeezed ordinary people while refusing to tackle a banking sector which was and is being bailed out by billions of pounds of public cash”.