LOCAL Labour party chiefs kicked off their district and town council election campaign and welcomed Redditch prospective parliamentary candidate Rebecca Jenkins to an event in Market Square.
Ms Jenkins pledged her support for the campaign before David Haslam, chair of the Evesham Labour Party then introduced Labour’s candidates in the coming elections.
Ros Gowers will fight for the Little Hampton seat on Wychavon District Council and said while the area was regularly voted a great place to live it was not so for many local people.
“Social mobility is lower than in other areas, schools and social care are under-funded and our NHS is under extreme pressure,” she said.
Mary Campbell, who is standing in Bengeworth, said: “It is time the ordinary person had someone to stand up for them. A vote for any Labour candidate will be a vote for Evesham’s future.”
John Gowers who will fight for the Evesham North seat told members inequality and injustice needed to be tackled urgently, both locally and nationally.
The candidate for Inkberrow, Bernie Louise, spoke movingly of the struggle she and others had experienced to get support for the special educational needs of their children at a time of budget cuts.
“Nobody was speaking for people like me, so I knew I had to speak out myself, for all the families who are struggling with children under stress,” she said.
Misan McFarland, an experienced councillor, is standing in Pershore while Liliana Mesquita and Rehan Yunus, who have settled in Evesham from the EU, will be candidates for the Town Council.
Following the launch local Labour Party members have begun a leafleting and canvassing campaign which aims to cover every household in the target wards.
“We need to see a country that those who are remembered here would be proud of, and sadly we don’t have that at the moment. Too many are homeless, and depending on foodbanks,” Mr Haslam added.