Labour candidate chosen again to run for Berwick seat

Labour candidate Scott Dickinson
Labour candidate Scott Dickinson

Scott Dickinson has been chosen by the Labour Party to contest the Berwick seat at the snap General Election next month.

Scott, known for his role as the business chairman of Northumberland County Council and elected representative of the Druridge Bay ward, was the Labour candidate in 2015 as well, finishing third behind Tory Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Lib Dem Julie Pörksen.

He has lived in the constituency since he was four, when his father was posted to RAF Boulmer. His family runs a small business in the tourism industry and he knows about the challenges they face.

Scott has always been involved in politics both locally and nationally, first becoming interested when standing for chairman of the school council before going on to parish and county council elections.

Following his confirmation as Labour candidate yesterday, he said: “I am delighted to be put forward once again to the people of the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency. To represent my home constituency where I have lived and worked all my life would be an honour.”

“I increased the vote in 2015 with limited resources, putting a positive alternative forward and I will be doing the same again in this short campaign.

“People cannot continue to suffer under this Tory Government and here with this early election we have an opportunity to rid ourselves of them.”

So far, it has been announced that Mrs Pörksen will also be standing again this year, while the Green Party has revealed its candidate, Thomas Stewart. They will all be fighting to prevent Mrs Trevelyan from winning the seat again after her candidacy was also confirmed.

Ukip announced earlier today that it will not be contesting the Berwick seat this year.