A Chelmsford City Councillor has resigned, and a City By Election has been called for Moulsham and Central, to fit in with the timetable of the May 2017 Essex County Council Elections.
Chelmsford Labour Party will be represented by Edward Massey in this election
See below a draft press statement, which would be accompanied by a verbal briefing to journalists. Suggested key messages (for internal use) are set out as follows:
- Edward Massey has been selected as the local Labour candidate for the upcoming Moulsham and Central by-election.
- Edward has a strong track record of standing up for local people, having run a prominent campaign to highlight the lack of investment to fix potholes.
- It's more important than ever that Chelmsford City Council has a strong opposition to the Tories. If elected, your local Labour councillor would do just that.
PRESS RELEASE - 29/03/17
For immediate release
Edward Massey has been selected as the local Labour candidate for the upcoming Moulsham and Central by-election.The election, triggered by the resignation of Conservative Victoria Camp, will be held on Thursday May 4th.
Edward Massey, who has lived in Chelmsford all his life, is a dedicated local campaigner. He has campaigned prominently since 2013 to highlight problems with potholes in Chelmsford's streets, which have suffered from an ongoing lack of investment. Massey hopes that his work on the issues that matter to local residents will continue as a Chelmsford city councillor.
Funding for local councils has been slashed by the government in recent years, resulting in cuts to vital services and rises in council tax. Conservative-run Chelmsford City Council has failed to stand up to the Tories at Westminster and prevent damaging and unsustainable budget cuts. Labour in Chelmsford will hold the council to account, fighting for the interests of local residents.
The local Labour candidate, Edward Massey, said "The Conservative council in Chelmsford are making mistakes. At a time when money is tight, it's more important than ever that Chelmsford City Council has a strong opposition, holding the Tory leadership to account. If elected, I'll be a strong voice for local residents, making sure their voices are heard when the council takes crucial decisions".
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