Local duo vie to stand for Labour at General Election

Ben Cook and Paul Kenny

Ben Cook and Paul Kenny

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Two Boston candidates will bid to earn the chance to stand for the Labour Party at the 2015 General Election.

After a series of interviews at the weekend, Paul Kenny and Ben Cook were shortlisted to become the Boston and Skegness candidate.

Mr Kenny - a Boston borough councillor and former mayor - stood for the party at the last two General Elections while Mr Cook was the party’s losing candidate in a Boston Borough Council by-election in Fenside last August.

On September 21 the party will hold two hustings events – one in Skegness and another in Boston – after which votes from members will be counted to choose the winner.

Members will also be able to use a postal vote in advance of that date.

Boston borough Labour councillor Paul Gleeson feels both are strong locally-based candidates and thinks either could do well for the party in May.

He told The Standard: “We think this is a three horse race.

“If you go back to the middle of the 1990s this was a close seat for us.”

He said he expects the strong challenge of UKIP could split the Conservative vote – and believes there is a big opportunity for his party to offer an alternative to voters at the ballot box.

Coun Gleeson added: “For example, whilst we accept that there are issues arising from population change we will be having different answers to the other two.”

 

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