'Best birthday present as Druridge Bay’s Scott picked to take on Tories’
Berwick constituency Labour party today (19 April 2014) selected local Druridge Bay Councillor Scott Dickinson to fight the seat in the General Election 2015. Local Labour party members backed him to take on local coalition candidates in the seat as Labour moves to cement its campaign ‘as the only anti coalition party’ in the 2015 poll.
Scott works with local youngsters on the Hadston House Youth Project based in Chevington and is also the Business Chairperson on Northumberland County Council. He also chairs the powerful Health and Wellbeing Committee which coordinates County Council and Health services and spending in Northumberland. He was raised in North Northumberland and his parents currently run a small business near Berwick after his father left the RAF at Boulmer. Scott says ‘Berwick blood runs through his veins’ and he described his selection ‘as the best birthday present’ as he turns thirty this week.
Labour in Berwick have selected Scott after a three month selection process which has focused on how a Labour government could tackle deep seated social issues of low wages (Berwick town has the lowest average wages in the Region and one of the lowest average wages in the country) and cost of living issues like fuel poverty (Berwick town has 1 in 4 people in fuel poverty as defined by the coalition government) and the party has mobilized grass roots support across North Northumberland.
“It’s been a thorough and very competitive selection and I want to say a big thank you to my competitor Rebecca who fought a really good campaign. The hard work starts now as we seek to make our case to the people of North Northumberland and they can be assured that I’m already working hard to make the case for extra resources to tackle long seated problems of low wages and rising prices in our area. We’ve got to deal with the effects of the coalition ‘cost of living crisis’ on the people of North Northumberland. I’ll be campaigning to build more affordable homes for local people, tackling local issues like the state of North Northumberland’s roads and pavements and I’ll be highlighting that only Labour are pledged to tackle sky rocketing energy costs with an 18 month energy price ‘freeze’. In North Northumberland, residents have had Liberal representation since 1974 who have campaigned to dual the A1 yet four decades later there’s still no dualled A1 and wages are stagnating and prices are rising. I’ll be making the case that only Labour will offer a real alternative to a ConDem coalition which has squeezed ordinary people while refusing to tackle a banking sector which was and is being bailed out by billions of pounds of public cash”.
• In North Northumberland, Labour have overtaken the Liberal Democrats as the party most likely to beat the Conservative party as Liberal Democrat support has fallen to 10% in Berwick.
• On 17 April 2014, Labour secured a huge increase in its share of the vote in a by-election in Wooler which is one of the Conservatives strongest county seats. Labour finished second with a 34% increase in its share of the vote and if that was replicated across North Northumberland, Labour would be only 4% behind the Conservatives.
• Scott has been a key ‘player’ in the decision by the Healthcare Trust to build a new hospital in Berwick and he’s lobbied hard to make sure that Berwick benefits from the Labour promise to build 2000+ affordable homes by 2017. North Northumberland will have over 400 new affordable homes for local people because of its ‘homes promise’.