Labour confirms Chadsmead by-election candidates

Labour has confirmed its candidates for the Chadsmead by-election.

Colin Ball will contest the Lichfield District Council poll, while Phil Sutcliffe will hope to win the seat on Lichfield City Council.

Both positions have become vacant following the resignation of Liberal Democrat Marion Bland due to ill health.

Colin Ball

Colin Ball

Mr Ball, who is a volunteer with Fusion Credit Union and chair of the North Lichfield Initiative, said housing in Lichfield would be one of the main areas he hoped to highlight during his by-election campaign.

He said Government cuts meant Midland Heart’s Foyer scheme in the city – which gives homes and support to vulnerable 16 to 25-year-olds – was set to close.

“This 19 bedroom facility gives vital support to vulnerable young people who might otherwise be sleeping rough or worse,” he said.

“Lichfield District Council must do all it can to investigate ways it can keep this facility open. They have a responsibility for housing homeless people and they can provide funds to help whilst a permanent solution is found.”

Labour say they are hopeful voters will back both candidates given they both live within the ward they hope to represent.

Cllr Sue Woodward, Leader of the Lichfield District Council Labour Group, said: “In Colin Ball and Phil Sutcliffe we have two excellent candidates and we will all be working hard to support them.

“Colin has already proved an effective representative when in 2013 he took the lead in Lichfield over the District Council’s attempt to cut community transport and helped to organise a petition of over 1,500 names that stopped the Conservatives in their tracks and saved our Community Transport service.”

The Liberal Democrats have confirmed that Paul Ray will contest both seats on their behalf.

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3 Comments

  1. Toast of Lichfield

    22nd January, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Labour couldn’t have picked a better candidate. Colin Ball is a friendly, intelligent and passionate person who will always stand up for the important matters in the area. Best of luck Colin.

  2. Sabcat

    23rd January, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Colin’s definitely a good candidate who’s done a lot of work for people in the community already. I don’t live in the ward so I can’t vote for him but if I did, I would.

  3. Colin Ball

    7th February, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Regarding the impending closure of Lichfield Foyer (Mercury, last week), I was saddened and disappointed in the responses from Conservative Councillors Greatorex and White. Both Councillors are in a position to do something positive to try to keep the Foyer open, but, sadly, all we had from them was regret and hand-wringing. At the very least, our Tory Councillors should be shouting loud and clear against the Tory Government’s swingeing cuts in housing support that have led to the closure.

    Why not form a partnership between the Councils, the Police and Crime Commissioner and local health commissioners to secure proactive preventative funds to keep the Foyer open and avoid any future costs to these services? They could also ask the District Council to spend some of the hundreds of thousands of pounds that they currently spend on the Garrick Theatre on the Foyer instead.

    So, come on Councillors Greatorex and White, less hand-wringing and let’s see some positive action!

    Colin Ball
    Labour Party candidate in the District Council By-Election for the Chadsmead Ward