Find out further information about David Spencer, the Labour and Cooperative Party candidate for the South Smallburgh division by-election on November 19th.
David Spencer works hard for you all year round. He won’t be just a councillor that only makes an appearance at election times. Recently he has:
– fought for better mobile phone signal in our villages and for better broadband.
– fought against the privatisation of the NHS and cuts to our ambulance service
– fought against the sell-off of Royal Mail by the last Lib Dem and Tory government
– fought against the attempted sell-off of our forests by the last government
– fought for better public transport including buses and trains in the area
– fought for job security through the campaign to save the Heinz Factory in North Norfolk
He is currently busy with case work on behalf of residents on subjects including public toilets, dog fouling, road safety, and planning issues.
Dave is your local anti-austerity candidate, having campaigned over the past five years against the government measures which have hit the poorest families in North Norfolk while the richest have received big tax breaks. In the coming weeks – after making a promise during the election not to do it – David Cameron and the Tories are planning to hit lowpaid working families with cuts to tax credits. This workers’ penalty will be particularly damaging for local families, where it can be hard to find the extra work to build up those additional hours, or the self-employed starting out in business. In one of the richest nations in the world we know there is a better alternative to austerity. That’s why David has fought against the cuts trickling down from government to our NHS, mental health services and ambulance services, the bus subsidies that keep local services on the road, social care, and so on. We believe in a new kind of politics – and that’s already in action at Norfolk County Council where Labour is working with other parties to find different ways to limit government cuts hitting the poorest and most vulnerable.
Green values at heart
David is your ‘green’ candidate. He is working hard to ensure contractors get the balance right when cutting verges on our countryside roads. The wild flowers on the side of the road support our birds, bees, and other wildlife. He is pressing our council to ensure they are managed in a way that keeps roads safe for motorists, but ensures they are not recklessly cut back at the cost of biodiversity. It could also save money in the long run. David fought to keep our forests and woodland – like Bacton Woods – in public hands and away from owners who could have charged for access, Furthermore, he has spoken out against plans which would have built over greenfield land. He has spoken in support of renewable energy projects in the area, and helped raise residents’ concerns about fly tipping and dog fouling in our towns and villages. One of the first thing the Labour group did in power on our county council was to end the Tories’ costly plans for an incinerator in Norfolk – a project that never should have got the go-ahead in the first place. Working with the Labour Party he is helping with their campaign for better public transport. The party has fought against the loss of important bus routes, and has been campaigning for improvements to the Bittern Line. It has involved speaking to various bus operators, and meeting with Greater Anglia.
He’ll see the job through
Writing after his selection to run in South Smallburgh, David said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to fight to represent this area in the South Smallburgh division by-election. This part of North Norfolk is very special to me – I was born in Hickling and I spent half of my life living in the Broads area. Residents living in South Smallburgh have been let down by a number of councillors resigning over the past five years, from a parish level to county level. If elected I will work hard for you, and I will see the job through. I have a proven track record of fighting for you since I entered local politics. That’s why at a previous county council election I was just 39 votes off winning. It puts me in a good position to fight this by-election. I hope you will consider the new politics my party is promoting. With our new leader we offer a real alternative to the tired politics of the other parties.”
Got a question for David or want to support his campaign? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and he’ll get back to you.