Tom Blenkinsop has been unanimously backed by his local Labour Party in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (MSEC) to fight for the seat again in the 2015 General Election.
Tom, who was first selected as Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in 2010 following the sad death of Dr Ashok Kumar, has been endorsed by every Labour Party branch across the constituency and by all affiliated organisations.
“I’m extremely proud that local Labour Party members have given me their support to continue representing them in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.
“The past three years have been the proudest of my life. Being able to represent the area where I was born and raised as a Labour Member of Parliament has been an overwhelming experience. However, they have also been amongst the toughest. At surgeries, hearing how the Bedroom Tax is ripping apart communities; or on the doorstep, listening to concerns over the decimation to public services—particularly our NHS.
“It hasn’t all been doom and gloom. For example, working alongside local members and postal workers in the successful campaign to save Guisborough Sorting Office; or in Hemlington, campaigning against the closure of the local library.”
Chair of MSEC Labour Party, Cllr Bill Suthers, said:
“This unanimous vote of all the ward parties in the constituency and the endorsement by local Trade Union branches is a testament to the work done by Tom since taking over as our standard bearer following the tragic death of the late Dr Ashok Kumar. In his time in the House of Commons he has been second to none in championing the needs of the people in this large and diverse constituency, and this work was recognised in the unanimous vote of confidence to see him go forward as our candidate against the coalition candidates in 2015.”
“Frankly, being in Opposition has been unbearable. The way this Tory-led Government is hitting our area the hardest only serves as a reminder of the importance of getting Labour back into power. I’m honoured to be able to serve the area again and defeat the Tories locally and ensuring we have a Labour Government in 2015.”