The Labour party has confirmed its new Parliamentary candidate for Lichfield.
Chris Worsey will attempt to wrestle control of the constituency from Conservative MP Michael Fabricant who has held the seat since 1997.
But he will need to overturn the Tory MP’s sizeable majority of 17,683 achieved over the Lib Dems at the 2010 General Election, where Labour’s then candidate Steve Hyden was third in the ballot.
Despite the size of the task facing him, Mr Worsey – who grew up in Great Wyrley and played cricket for Lichfield CC – believes the area is ready for change.
“What happens in Lichfield matters to me,” he explained. “I grew up in Staffordshire and know Lichfield well.
“People in Lichfield need real change. They’ve got a MP at the moment, who instead of standing up for local people is at the forefront of a Tory-led Government that is doing huge damage to the lives of local people.
“Local people who I speak to tell me time and time again that prices are rising, but their wages aren’t. People are being hit by a cost of living crisis, but Lichfield’s Tory MP and this country’s Tory-led Government are doing nothing to help.
“If elected in 2015 Labour would freeze energy bills for 20 months and create a tough new watchdog with the power to force energy companies to cut their prices when the cost of energy falls.
“Labour would stand up for local people hit by this cost of living crisis, not stand idly by like their Tory MP.”
Although his long-term focus will be on the forthcoming General Election, Mr Worsey is also determined to boost Labour’s chances at a more local level too.
“I will be working incredibly closely with Labour councillors to deliver for local people in Lichfield, including in the upcoming Chadsmead by-election, where Labour will be campaigning hard to win.”