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Labour candidate admits standing at the General Election in Lichfield and Burntwood is “a dream come true”

The Labour candidate for the 2019 General Election says it is a “dream come true” to represent the party across Lichfield and Burntwood.

Dave Robertson has been selected to contest the constituency in the 12th December vote.

Having been part of campaigns to protect school crossing patrols in Staffordshire and save the Friary Grange Leisure Centre from closure, the party is hoping a return to a local candidate will reap dividends at the ballot box.

And the Lichfield City Council and Lichfield District Council member admitted he was over the moon to be heading out on the campaign trail.

Dave Robertson

“I am so proud to be selected as the Labour candidate for Lichfield,” he said.

“I’ve lived here for almost my entire life and have been very lucky to benefit from all the great things that the local area has to offer.

“To have the opportunity to support communities and businesses in Lichfield, Burntwood and the villages, is a dream come true.

“I look forward to campaigning across the constituency and to spreading Labour’s message of hope and that a more equal society is possible.” 

Cllr Robertson grew up in the city, before studying for a physics degree at the University of Liverpool and a PGCE from the University of Birmingham.

After teaching for a decade, he went on to work for a national teachers’ trade union.

A Labour Party spokesperson said: “Through his work as a teacher Dave saw, first-hand, the impact of austerity on children and young people which was his reason for first joining the Labour party and for his work to support the community in our local area.”

He will be joined on the ballot paper by Conservative candidate Michael Fabricant and Lib Dem hopeful Cllr Paul Ray. Neither the Brexit Party of the Green Party has yet confirmed if they will field a candidate in Lichfield.

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4 Comments

  1. Colin Ball

    7th November, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    I’m delighted that Dave is the Labour Party candidate in the General Election. It’s great to have such a strong local candidate. I’ll be working as hard as I can, as Dave’s Agent, along with many other Labour Party folk across the Constituency, to try to get him elected.

    Colin Ball.

  2. Alan

    8th November, 2019 at 8:43 am

    He’s got no chance of being elected.

  3. Sharon

    8th November, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Haven’t heard a peep from him here in Burntwood- always voted labour- but, although really need Tories out of Westminster, I have no idea who to vote for – need to remain too ! So Lib Dem’s might have my vote – how can I find what the polls say in my area as don’t want to waste my vote / please come to Burntwood and knock on our doors – I see last turnout in our area was 30% ! Is that because we don’t get canvassed ????

  4. AnnS

    8th November, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Sharon, it’s not only because you don’t get canvassed. People are a fickle lot. Some can’t be bothered. Some don’t know who to vote for, and in the current political climate they wouldn’t be on their own. Personally I’ve always believed that casting your vote should be mandatory (which many in the last century fought hard for us to have the right to do) because whoever is voted in, is done so by a minority. Sadly, whilst I wish him well, I don’t think the Labour candidate is strong enough up against a Tory city/town/village.

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