Paul Kenny selected as Labour candidate for Boston and Skegness

Paul Kenny was chosen to be Labour's candidate for Boston and Skegness
Paul Kenny was chosen to be Labour's candidate for Boston and Skegness

Paul Kenny has been chosen to stand for Labour in Boston and Skegness for next year’s General Election.

The former mayor came out on top in a two-man hustings event for Labour members yesterday and will be hoping the 2015 race is a case of ‘third time lucky’ having stood in each of the last two General Elections, finishing second on both occasions.

His fellow contender was Ben Cook, a union shop steward at Asda.

Coun Kenny said he wants to be a ‘strong local voice’ in Parliament, adding: “It is time that we elect an MP who lives locally, who will give one hundred per cent of his time to all the communities that he represents and who is not frightened of speaking up for the views of local people.

“We need to make sure that Boston and Skegness gets the services and the financial support from government that it deserves.”

A party spokesman said issues such as health and local hospitals, employment, education, housing and rural transport improvement schemes will be key issues within his campaign

Coun Kenny also pledged his support for leader Ed Milliband’s call for the minimum wage to be raised to £8.