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Labour Party announces all 10 county council candidates for Lincoln next year

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

  • Lucy Rigby, right, Labour's prospective MP for Lincoln, with Caroline Flint, shadow secretary for energy and climate change

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The Labour Party has sent a strong message to rivals by announcing all ten candidates who will stand in Lincoln at next year's county council election - seven months before voters go to the polls.

The party, which has only five seats on the local authority following a demoralising defeat in 2009, has already begun campaigning.

Caroline Flint, Labour's shadow secretary for energy and climate change, attended a party meeting at Grafton House in Lincoln on Saturday, November 3, and urged party members to learn from recent election defeats.

The Member of Parliament for Don Valley said: "This has to be the earliest launch of county council candidates in the entire country.

"It's about campaigning every day, year in, year out.

"We lost heavily in terms of Lincolnshire County Council in 2009 and the general election in 2010 - we have to learn from our mistakes and show we mean business this time.

"This is why we have set our stall out early. Getting candidates elected and people interested in local government is very important.

"Sometimes as a party we have failed to even get somebody to stand for a seat. I really hope this is not the case for our party in Lincolnshire, next year. We need to earn people's support once again. After big losses, this is a chance to put the wrongs, right."

The Labour Party aims to overturn a huge majority currently being enjoyed by the Conservative Party.

The Tories hold 62 seats in the County Hall chamber.

The Lincolnshire Independents hold six seats, while the Liberal Democrats and Labour both have four. Also attending the meeting were Lucy Rigby, the party's prospective MP for Lincoln, Lincolnshire Police and Crime and Commissioner candidate Paul Gleeson and Labour's county council leader Rob Parker.

Mr Parker has challenged his party to sweep the voting in Lincoln by winning all 10 county council seats on offer.

He said: "In 1993 we won every seat in Lincoln on the county council.

"In 1997, we won every seat, in 2001 we won every seat and in 2005 we won every seat.

"In 2009 we won three seats. There has to be a reason for that. We have the potential to win all ten seats in Lincoln.

"I have made it clear this is our aim and maybe that is an over ambitious aim but I don't think it is - given our record."

Talking about the meeting, Mr Parker added: "It has been really successful and we'd like to do something similar in other parts of Lincolnshire.


Lincoln North: Judy Renshaw.Lincoln West: Robert Parker.Lincoln Glebe: Neil Murray.Lincoln East: Robin Renshaw.Lincoln Bracebridge: Sue BurkeLincoln Moorland: Geoff Ellis.Lincoln Park: Nev Jackson.Lincoln Boultham: Kev Clarke.Lincoln Hartsholme: Gary Newson.Lincoln Birchwood: Rosie Kirk.

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  • Bolshie  |  November 10 2012, 8:49AM

    Dannytheimp - I agree with you, but feel it is Government and Governance (including that imposed on the government) that is essential to avoid anarchy and not politics exercised via the party system per se. I think the 3 main parties we have are broadly speaking a busted flush. What am I doing about it? Admittedly not a huge amount right now. I do track all Lincolnshire MPs via 'theyworkforyou.com's excellent service so I can see what they are doing and saying in parliament. I also regularly write to mine to discuss my views on issues coming up. My problem is time - I'm pretty busy but in 2015 at the end of my current contract I shall retire and devote all my time to community service of one sort or another. Journalism has a huge part to play in holding politicians to account and we in Lincolnshire are currently not well served (my opinion) as the newspapers seem to lack real journalistic content and simply pad out the adverts with 'reports' that mostly originate with the subject so are completely unhelpful. When was the last time we saw a feature on a politician that measured his parliamentary input against his promises at the time he gained the public mandate?

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  • dannytheimp  |  November 10 2012, 12:32AM

    If websites like this are to be believed then there seems to be a lot of people in this country that have completely given up on party politics, and in many cases, on politicians in general. My question to those people would be "what are you doing about it?". For me, politics is essential, as the opposite is anarchy which is incredibly unpredictable. Because I want to have an impact on the future of this city/country, I have joined a major political party recently. This isn't because I agree with all they have said and done, but because I see that as the most effective way of having an influence over governance at some point. I can completely understand why people have turned against the three main parties, but if you believe independent councillors/MPs are the way forward then I'd encourage you to either stand for those positions or campaign for those who do.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  November 09 2012, 11:31PM

    Unusually, I am a little concerned at the standard of journalism in the Echo. "The party, which has only five seats on the local authority" ... "Lincolnshire Independents hold six seats, while the Liberal Democrats and Labour both have four". Kev Clarke for council leader.

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  • Bolshie  |  November 09 2012, 4:00PM

    I think I agree with some of what you say 2ridiculous - this should be about electing people that are good for people in the Lincolnshire communities and absolutely nothing to do with party politics. I'd love to see a full sweep of independant councillors all working for the good of the county free from having to toe the party lines. Sadly I don't think I ever will. I'm pretty apolitical myself so really don't care who holds the majority in government. I can find things I like in all the party manifestos and they're all broadly similar really so I vote for who I think I can trust to lead well. My life experiences tell me that will never be labour - as far as I can tell they've been a millstone round the neck of the country since the late 60s and the Blair/Brown experience is still a painful wound - Milliband/Balls to me looks worse! That said I'm not really happy with the current government but can't see a credible alternative. Coalition is good in the short term in that they have to work harder to get things done so reducing the possibility of fast-tracking poisonous policy issues through - Maggie would never have got the poll-tax in through a coalition government! Again I'd love to see more independants in central government so the leading party woudl have to work really hard to woo their votes - in that scenario it would pay to have an Indepnedant MP representing you in the house because he will be able to leverage benefits from those wanting his/her support.

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  • 2ridiculous  |  November 09 2012, 12:23PM

    Labour! Please don't think we the electorate have short memories. You had 13 years to sort out the "mess" as you call it. You dropped us in the brown (no pun intended) stuff and have sat back finger wagging ever since you got kicked out! Stop blaming the Tories for wrecking things when all is said and done, if you hadn't been so profligate with taxpayers money, the "cuts" wouldn't be as the levels of expenditure wouldn't be so high! You are economically woeful and Ed Balls just highlights this fact for you. Do you even accept you ran a deficit pre 2007 - no, but the IMF say your structural deficit was something like £37Bn which Ed Balls "doesn't recognise" - with mathematics skills that bad, do you think we'll let you loose with the public coffers ever again? Come forward with some policy, some fresh ideas (not your usual style I know) and stop handing out nominations based on quota's - we want the best people for the job not the best Man, Woman or ethnic minority depending upon which target you need to hit this time! Lets face it, all 3 main parties are all trough snorters and party politics is destroying this country. It's time for a change with localised MP's who follow their constituents wishes, not those of their party nor the EU!

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  • TB78WHlNE  |  November 09 2012, 9:21AM

    Yawn. The usual suspects all vying to get their snouts in the trough. Won't be voting Labour, Tory or Lib Dem as none of them are fit for purpose.

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