Lyme Regis & Charmouth by-election

Belinda Bawden
Labour candidate for the West Dorset District Council By-Election 14th September 2017

I moved to Lyme Regis over twenty years ago to be part of this warm, vibrant community and to give my daughters the chance to grow up in this beautiful area. I have worked in local businesses and schools, and now work at the University of Exeter.

I am standing as your Labour councillor to put forward an alternative to the current policies of austerity. With the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, Labour has a clear and coherent alternative. West Dorset needs a Labour voice and I would be honoured to represent Lyme & Charmouth in campaigning for social, economic and environmental justice.

My mother was inspirational in her devotion to the Lyme Regis Town Council and subsequently as volunteer Hon Curator for the Lyme Regis Philpot Museum. My brother has been a Labour Councillor for many years. As my family and caring responsibilities have reduced, I am now able to devote more time to public service and to helping my local community as best I can.

It has been an exciting time in politics since the 2015 general election and particularly because membership of the Labour Party in West Dorset has rapidly increased. People are crying out for change and the Labour Party is offering hope and genuine alternatives to the unsustainable and unjust policies of austerity and cuts we have suffered under Conservative and Coalition governments. More people are becoming engaged in politics at every level and I would be delighted to be a Labour voice on the District Council, representing the people of Lyme Regis and Charmouth to the very best of my ability. I will campaign for more social housing, for better transport provision, for protecting public services and the NHS from further cuts and for the protection of the environment from fracking, pollution and over-industrialisation in areas of natural beauty and scientific interest.

Belinda Bawden

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