Today, Saturday 27th July, Labour Party members in the Amber Valley constituency have selected Kevin Gillott to stand as their candidate for the next general election.
Kevin was selected following an all member hustings meeting which was held in Somercotes, Derbyshire. Living in Derbyshire, Kevin is currently the deputy leader of Derbyshire County Council where he is working hard to protect services for local people.
Following the selection Kevin said: “I am delighted to have been selected by the local party members in Amber Valley to stand as their candidate in the 2015 general election.
“Amber Valley is a key battleground seat for Labour in the general election – we know that over the coming months we have to work hard to win back the trust of local people and show them that there is an alternative to the failed policies of this Tory-led government.
“People are suffering - 450 young people in the constituency are out of work and families are finding it hard to make ends meet. The poorest have had their benefits cut yet millionaires get tax breaks – this is clearly a government that is out of touch with ordinary, hardworking people.
“I will campaign to give the people of Amber Valley a fair deal. I will demand jobs for the unemployed and will campaign for a living wage. I’ll campaign to ensure that our kids are given the best possible education and I’ll work to tackle our growing housing crisis.
“People in Amber Valley cannot afford five more years of the Tories. We need an MP that will stand up for them. I am looking forward to getting out there, listening to local residents and hearing about their priorities for Amber Valley.”
Mark Spencer, Chair of Amber Valley Labour Party, said: “Amber Valley Labour Party members have today had five fantastic candidates to choose from and I would like to thank them all for taking part.
“I am delighted that the local members have selected Kevin as our candidate for the next general election. Our area really needs an MP that will put them first and who will stand up for them against the failed economic policies of the Tory-led government.
“Kevin is a hardworking local campaigner and I know that he will be a strong voice for local people here in Amber Valley.”