Responding to the announcement from Labour's National Executive Committee this evening, confirming the start of the process to select Labour’s General Election candidate for Bury South, Councillor Lucy Smith (Besses Ward) said:
“I was born and brought-up here in Bury and my family has a long record of public service in our town.
I am privileged to represent Besses on Bury Council myself and I live in the Bury South seat with my husband and young son.
For me, Bury South is home and I want the best for people here.
That is why I can confirm that I intend to stand for the Labour Party nomination to be the next Member of Parliament for Bury South.”
Lucy added: “Having been a professional campaigner for the past twenty years, working to deliver change on a range of social and economic causes with national political leaders, I believe I am well-placed to not only hold the seat but to be a strong voice for Bury South.
Holding Bury South is vital to winning the general election and returning a radical Labour Government. We need to run a strong, energetic campaign that takes nothing for granted."
She added: “We are going through an unprecedented period of turbulence in British politics, with the risk of a reckless Tory hard Brexit at the end of October and the possibility of a general election in the next few months.
But for people here in Bury there are many more everyday concerns
Too many families are struggling, with the uncertain economic outlook caused by the Government’s botched handling of the Brexit negotiations adding to their problems.
Housing shortages, the disastrous implementation of Universal Credit and the creeping privatisation of our NHS are all hurting communities here in Bury.
For me, the most disastrous effect of a decade of austerity is on our schools. They are struggling under the relentless cuts to their budgets and this is having a terrible effect on the quality of education our children receive that could hold them back in future life.
If chosen, I am determined to be a grassroots champion for our town, accessible to all and focused on helping families, protecting public services, responding to the environmental crisis, strengthening our communities and delivering jobs and prosperity.”