Leicester Mayor Peter Soulsby has promised to ‘stand up for hardworking people’ - following his reselection by the city’s Labour Party members as their candidate for the 2015 mayoral election.
Soulsby, the first and incumbent directly-elected mayor of the city, was previously an MP, serving the Leicester South constituency between 2005 and 2011.
Commenting on his reselection, Soulsby said: “I’m honoured that Labour Party members in Leicester have backed me to be their candidate again at the next mayoral elections, based on my record over the last three years.
“Whilst it’s been a privilege to serve as mayor, there have been some huge challenges due to the scale of funding cuts central government has levied at Leicester. We had to find £85m worth of savings in the first half of my tenure and a further £61m must be found by 2018.
“Local government is bearing a disproportionate amount of the cuts and we have a real fight on our hands here in Leicester to make sure public services can deliver in this environment.
“My promise to Leicester is that I will continue to stand up for the hardworking people of this fantastic city who are finding themselves £1,600 worse off under the Conservative-led government as prices continue to outstrip wages and as energy bills continue to sky-rocket, all whilst David Cameron has cut the top rate of income tax – a move saving the highest 1% of earners a total of £3billion.”
Soulsby added: “I look forward to continuing to working hard to make sure Leicester is a great place to live and I hope that local people will give me the opportunity to serve for another term of office.”