A leading Northumberland County Councillor has been named as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Berwick – and he has described it as the best birthday present.
Scott Dickinson, who turns 30 today, will contest the 2015 General Election for the constituency seat, which is currently held by retiring Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith.
The area’s Labour group opted for Mr Dickinson, county councillor of the Druridge Bay ward, after a three-month selection process focusing on how a Labour Government could tackle issues such as low wages and fuel poverty.
Mr Dickinson said he was delighted to be chosen and that Berwick blood ‘runs through his veins’.
He added: “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.
“I’ll be campaigning to build more affordable homes for local people, tackling local issues like the state of the area’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.”
Mr Dickinson works with youngsters on the Hadston House Youth Project and is East Chevington Parish Council chairman . He is the county council’s business chairman and heads the health and wellbeing committee.