Former BBC journalist and East Midlands business adviser David Prescott was last night selected by Gainsborough Labour Party members to be their parliamentary candidate at the next General Election.
David, 44, a father of two, from Collingham on the Lincolnshire/Nottinghamshire border, pledged if elected to be a full-time MP “focused like a laser on bringing in jobs and investment to Gainsborough, promoting the constituency and supporting our businesses.”
He also vowed to fight Lincolnshire Police cuts and spend the next few months travelling the constituency listening to people’s concerns.
On his website davidprescott.co.uk, David wrote:
“I'm so proud to have been selected as Gainsborough's Labour parliamentary candidate and wish to present myself as a fresh start for the constituency.
“In this time of anxiety caused by job insecurity, frontline service cuts and the cost of living, I want to help bring certainty back into peopleʼs lives.
“The certainty of a good education for our children, of a transport system thatʼs reliable and affordable, of a health service that cares for you and for a police service that protects us.
“I will fight to protect frontline public services, campaign for greater investment in Gainsborough, as well as be a passionate champion for struggling local businesses and enterprises.
“I especially want to offer more opportunities for our constituencyʼs young, particularly in our most disadvantaged areas. I want to help build a stronger economy and a fairer society.
“Gainsborough town could double in size over the next 30 years. I want to play my part as an MP in supporting that growth to bring jobs, investment and better transport links to the benefit of the many and not the few.
“I don't want to see us go back to the 1930s. I want us to prepare for the 2030s!
“I'm passionate to build a stronger economy and a fairer society for everyone in Gainsborough, Market Rasen, Caistor, Wragby, Saxilby and the surrounding villages.
“My wife and I live just south of Saxilby on the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire border and have chosen to raise our family here.
“As a 44 year-old businessman working in public relations and campaigning, I help to grow innovative businesses so they can become leaders in their field. So I offer myself as a fresh candidate with real life experience.
“As a former journalist, I helped launch BBC Look North in this region give people in Lincolnshire to get a more local and relevant news service. As Assistant Editor of the show, we highlighted the wide-ranging issues that effect Gainsborough and the surrounding areas, like health, transport and polcing issues.
“As a campaigner, I fought to reopen the phone hacking case by the Met Police into News International, stopped £1b of public money being handed out in bonuses to bankers at RBS, successfully campaigned against police privatisation and highlighted the dangers of scrapping NHS Direct.
“As Chair of Governors of a state school, I built a leadership team that took a failing school to a ‘Good’ Ofsted, a record GCSE pass rate of 70% and a place in the top 10% of the most improving schools in the country.
“If elected I pledge to:
- Be a full-time MP with no outside directorships or second jobs, focused like a laser on bringing in jobs and investment to Gainsborough, promoting the constituency and supporting our businesses
- Draft a “candidate contract” with constituents to help set my priorities and commitments during each five year term in parliament
- Establish a full-time constituency office in Gainsborough with local staff and offer a living wage paid internship to local students
- Work with all parties, charities, bodies, trade unions and businesses to do what's best for the people and the constituency
- Campaign to take each railway franchise back into public ownership, starting with our local Northern train franchise in 2016
- Ensure our health service remains free at the point of delivery, based on need and not ability to pay
- Fight cuts to Lincolnshire Police's officers and staff, caused by a Government funding gap of £7.6 billion
“But this coming General Election is crucially about the public.What they want from a Member of Parliament, what they think our priorities should be both locally and nationally and where we need to go.
“If elected as MP, I would work across party political boundaries so we can do everything to make this constituency a better place to live and work in.
“I really look forward to meeting people during the next few months and listening to what they have to say so, if elected, I can be a full-time MP they can be proud of.”
David, who works as a public relations director advising businesses and charities, is also an ambassador for the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK, and once had his band’s song played on John Peel’s show!
Chair of Gainsborough Labour Party Rachel Heskins added: “We’re delighted to have selected David as our candidate. We believe he has the passion, business experience and ideas to really put Gainsborough on the map.”