Coldingham resident Kenryck Lloyd-Jones has been selected as the Labour Party candidate for East Berwickshire in the forthcoming Scottish Council elections.
Mr Lloyd-Jones has lived in Scotland for 20years, having been born and brought up in South Wales. He is chair of the Berwickshire branch of the party, and currently works for a professional and trade union body within the health service. He has a strong background in education and is passionate about both of these areas of public service. Married with two young daughters in local schools he says his priorities for the Borders are jobs and economic regeneration, education and social care and investment in infrastructure.
At present there is not a single Labour Party councillor at Scottish Borders Council, but Mr Lloyd-Jones aims to overturn that in May. He believes that a strong voice for health, education and investment is needed in the chambers of Scottish Borders Council.
He said: ‘Now more than ever people need a Labour voice in the council. As the council faces tight budget restraints it is essential that we maintain the education that our children deserve and the health and public services people need.
‘Hardship is increasing across the Borders, and East Berwickshire has the second highest rate of child poverty in the Borders. With many ordinary people struggling to make ends meet, we need investment in infrastructure and support for local business. We must grow the local economy and create jobs.
‘Our young and old shouldn’t pay the price of reduced services, and we need a council that invests for the future.
The Scottish Borders Labour Party is fielding a record number of six candidates across the Scottish Borders to contest the Scottish Council elections in May 2012. Key priorities for the party include attracting investment, creating employment, tackling poverty, protecting local services and supporting the local economy.
The Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirkshire Consitutency Labour Party started a Berwickshire branch at the beginning of the year, with Mr Lloyd-Jones as chairman.
As well as Kenryck Lloyd-Jones in East Berwickshire, Robin Tatler will be contesting Tweeddale East, Julia Reid will be contesting Tweeddale West, Agnes Craig will be contesting Selkirkshire, Robert Tatler will be contesting Galashiels and District and Michael Grieve will be contesting Hawick and Denholm.
Michael Grieve, Constituency Labour Party (CLP) chair, said, ‘We are greatly encouraged by the growing support for Labour across the region, and not least in those areas that have not been our strongholds for Labour of late, such as Berwickshire.
Anyone wishing more information should contact the CLP website at http://brslabourparty.wordpress.com/