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County Council candidates selected

Labour Party members in Berkeley, Cam and Dursley have selected their candidates – Natalie Bennett and Wendy Thomas – to stand in next year’s Gloucestershire County Council elections.

Labour Party members in Berkeley, Cam and Dursley have selected their candidates – Natalie Bennett and Wendy Thomas – to stand in next year’s Gloucestershire County Council elections.

Natalie, who grew up in Cam and works for a charity that helps young people, the long-term unemployed and others to make progress in learning and work, will stand in the Cam Valley division, which includes Berkeley and Sharpness as well as Cam.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been selected and I am determined to fight hard to win the seat for Labour. Local government is incredibly important, particularly in these uncertain times and with the likelihood of even more funding pressures, the residents and communities of Cam Valley need a dedicated county councillor who will speak up for them.

“If elected my priority will be to work alongside you to campaign on the issues that matter the most to you and deliver positive change.”

Wendy, who sits on Dursley Town Council and chairs the Cam & Dursley Transportation Group, will stand in the Dursley division, which includes Coaley, Frocester, Nympsfield and Uley. For the last fifteen years Wendy has worked in data management, first for the Environment Agency and now for an international aid project.

She said: “I’m thrilled to be standing. I love living in Dursley, walking my dog in the surrounding countryside and shopping in our town centre. My values and priorities include equality, community, social justice, protecting our planet, better social care and investing in local services, such as transport. And that’s why I wish to represent my home town at the county council.”

A spokesperson for Cam, Dursley and Berkeley Labour Party said: “We’re really pleased to have two such knowledgeable, capable and principled women to represent us in the elections.

“Ten years of Conservative austerity has left our county council worse off than ever before, with millions of pounds of cuts to social care for elderly and vulnerable adults, children’s services, roads and schools.

“Ordinary people are paying the price for these cuts in their day-to-day lives and only a Labour council, with the help of experienced people such as Natalie and Wendy, will make the changes we all need.”

Natalie Bennett
Wendy Thomas