A very enjoyable meal last night with our newly selected Labour candidate for Tonbridge and Malling, Claire Leigh.
Once again; as is Labour tradition; a curry in West Malling and organised by our excellent branch chair Doug Vangen. Doug is a real star and can relied upon to organise and manage candidates and has a long political memory of the area.
Claire is a real gem and has some excellent experience of working in the International Development sector both with a number of charities, but also as an advisor to Number 10 during the last government. She is a relentlessly positive person and is supported by a strong executive and team who will be fighting hard to win in May. She would be well suited to any constituency but is seeking to represent an area her family have a strong local history. She is a real local candidate.
The Tonbridge and Malling campaign has begun in earnest; we have some very strong candidates across the borough putting their names forward. I predict we will add to our current number on the Council and ensure there is proper voice for working people.