Baildon selection meeting
Baildon selection meeting

Local member Thomas Sutton will be standing for Labour in Baildon on 2nd May 2019. Thomas says:

I am delighted to have been selected as the Labour candidate for Baildon for the May elections in 2019 and it feels like a very appropriate moment to reflect on my time  in the Labour party.

I joined the Labour Party 10 years ago in advance of the 2010 election as I began to realise the importance of maintaining a Labour government and what damage a Tory government would do. Unfortunately my worst fears have been realised but that has just led me more determined to challenge Tory dogma and austerity. I am so enthused by the grassroots surge that has seen me feel more at home in the Labour Party than ever since 2015.

After completing my studies in Politics and Sociology in 2010, I have worked on the frontline of fighting poverty in Bradford, working for the biggest social landlord in the district and continue to see on a daily basis the impacts of austerity on the poorest in our area. As a result of this experience, I have formed a good network across Bradford which I feel I would put to good use for my constituents were I to be elected. I have recently been elected as a Town Councillor in Baildon which has helped me get to grips with  council work and work with people from across the political spectrum. I love getting out on the doorstep and talking politics and local issues with people and I feel that my extroverted nature, combined with my networks and experience managing big teams of people in my day job mean I have developed the skillset to make me a decent candidate for the Labour Party to take the fight to the Tories.

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