The Labour Party has today announced Steve Gibbons as their candidate to become the first directly elected Mayor of Copeland.
He was selected as the Labour candidate following a postal vote of party members in the Copeland Local Authority area.
Steve, aged 46 years, lives in Hensingham, Whitehaven with his partner Jessica and their two sons.
A former process worker in Sellafield, Steve currently works for the GMB.
Steve Gibbons, Labour’s Mayoral Candidate said:
“It is a great honour to be selected as Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Copeland. The people of Copeland made clear that they wanted to see a directly elected Mayor. I’ll be fighting hard for the people of Copeland between now and May 7th. I’ll be on the streets, knocking on doors and speaking with people about what they want for Copeland.
“This election will mark a new start for the borough and it is important that we build on past successes, but also work for the future.”
Copeland’s Labour MP, Jamie Reed said:
“This was a good contest from a talented field. Every candidate demonstrated their desire to serve the people of Copeland and help our borough fulfil its enormous potential.
“Steve is an exceptional candidate. He has an impressive understanding of the challenges and opportunities ahead of us and his considerable experience outside of politics and in the world of work marks him out as an exceptional asset for the borough.
“Given the chance, Steve will make an outstanding Mayor, bringing people together, working tirelessly for the people he serves and helping all of us recover from the damage being inflicted upon Copeland by the Tory-led government.”