Labour man, 24, to fight for MP Baron’s seat

Southend Standard: Labour man, 24, to fight for MP Baron’s seat Labour man, 24, to fight for MP Baron’s seat

LABOUR has chosen outspoken young Basildon councillor Gavin Callaghan to challenge Tory MP John Baron at the next general election.

Mr Callaghan, 24, who became a Pitsea North West councillor last year, has been selected as the man the party hopes will unseat Mr Baron, whohas been a localMP for 12 years.

Since entering the council chamber in May 2012, Mr Callaghan has been involved in several bitter disputes with Tory councillors, notably mayor Mo Larkin, often over comments posted on the social networking website, Twitter.

After being chosen to fight for Labour at the general election, Mr Callaghan promised he would stand up for local residents and hold Mr Baron to account in the months leading up to the election, likely to be inMay 2015.

Mr Callaghan, who has lived in Basildon since 2004, said: “Over the next 500 days, I will be speaking up for the vulnerable and squeezed middle families who have been abandoned by this Government through its failed economic plan which has resulted in a cost-of-living crisis.

“I will also be ensuring John Baron is held to account for the pain that his Government’s policies have caused thousands of people in this constituency over the past three-and-ahalf years.

“I will continue to be a highly-visible local Labour politician and ensure in May 2015, Labour has a strong vote across this constituency.”

As well as fiercely criticising the Tories who run the council, Mr Callaghan has been a high-profile campaigner on issues, including improving fire safety on the Felmores estate, in Pitsea, and pushing for a notorious bail hostel, which houses sex offenders, to be moved away from homes and school.

Fellow Labour councillor John Scarola praised his selection, saying: “As a local councillor, Gavin has shown he can effectively take on the Tories on a wide range of local, regional, and national issues. He will work tirelessly to increase the Labour vote and provide an effective voice for Laindon residents.”

Mr Baron’s Basildon and Billericay seat is generally regarded as a safe one. Boundary changes mean he now represents a rather different part of the borough than he did when he was first elected to replace Teresa Gorman in 2001, but on each occasions he has stood, he has managed to increase his share of the poll. His present majority is 12,398.

Mr Callaghan’s selection follows Labour’s choice a few months ago of Brentwood Labour party leader Mike Le-Surf, challenge Tory Stephen Metcalfe in the area’s other seat, South Basildon and East Thurrock.

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4:43pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Mikkel1 says...

ALL Candidates promise things to get elected, then turn their cheek once in power.

As for John Baron, I often wonder if he is the same one I knew when I lived in Laindon? No comment if he is.
ALL Candidates promise things to get elected, then turn their cheek once in power. As for John Baron, I often wonder if he is the same one I knew when I lived in Laindon? No comment if he is. Mikkel1

5:00pm Wed 18 Dec 13

bazza 1 says...

Don't bother mate. UKIP will be getting the seat next time around.
Don't bother mate. UKIP will be getting the seat next time around. bazza 1

5:03pm Wed 18 Dec 13

billericay boy says...

He looks like a doggie second hand car sales man, I think he will fit in fine with the labour villains, sell ya promises from liars just like the rest of them.
He looks like a doggie second hand car sales man, I think he will fit in fine with the labour villains, sell ya promises from liars just like the rest of them. billericay boy

5:58pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Lastlaugh,,. says...

Baron and the £80,000...
Baron and the £80,000... Lastlaugh,,.

6:42pm Wed 18 Dec 13

jolllyboy says...

UKIP hopefully will see all the others off purely because we have had enough of the rest. Most of us will hold our nerve at the last knocking so dont think we wont.
UKIP hopefully will see all the others off purely because we have had enough of the rest. Most of us will hold our nerve at the last knocking so dont think we wont. jolllyboy

7:26pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Discouraged says...

We need an Independent thinker who will pay his or her own way to bring hope after two boys in a hotel room, ten years of her age and £87.000 thankyou very much.
We need an Independent thinker who will pay his or her own way to bring hope after two boys in a hotel room, ten years of her age and £87.000 thankyou very much. Discouraged

8:20pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Ed Woods says...

Does he smile or is he trying to be the next Jack Dee?
Does he smile or is he trying to be the next Jack Dee? Ed Woods

9:19pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

This year an MP, next year a salesman for ....
This year an MP, next year a salesman for .... Nowthatsworthknowing

8:19am Thu 19 Dec 13

profondo asbo says...

not only did they scrape the bottom of the barrel they also scraped the underside of the barrel to unearth this slug.
not only did they scrape the bottom of the barrel they also scraped the underside of the barrel to unearth this slug. profondo asbo

11:05am Thu 19 Dec 13

eurodoomed says...

What is he going to campaign on? Labour's economic record? The EU? Education? Immigration? Welfare? The reason for Labour getting us into Iraq?
No chance, laddie.
What is he going to campaign on? Labour's economic record? The EU? Education? Immigration? Welfare? The reason for Labour getting us into Iraq? No chance, laddie. eurodoomed

1:40pm Thu 19 Dec 13

eurodoomed says...

I should also have referred to Labour's appalling record on the NHS, where it has become impossible to see a GP ouit of hours, despite their eye-watering pay rises, their lie about a referendum on the Lisbon treaty, and the general Balls-up (or Brown-up) they made of everything over 13 miserable years, which has left us all far worse off. They haven't even had the decency to apologise, and instead, are threatening to do it all over again if the British electorate are daft enough to elect them, or their Lib Dem allies allow them to creep in through the back door.
I should also have referred to Labour's appalling record on the NHS, where it has become impossible to see a GP ouit of hours, despite their eye-watering pay rises, their lie about a referendum on the Lisbon treaty, and the general Balls-up (or Brown-up) they made of everything over 13 miserable years, which has left us all far worse off. They haven't even had the decency to apologise, and instead, are threatening to do it all over again if the British electorate are daft enough to elect them, or their Lib Dem allies allow them to creep in through the back door. eurodoomed

7:34pm Thu 19 Dec 13

ShipShape says...

He looks like a nice young man.

Pity he's gone into politics rather than the much more wholesome trade of Loan Sharking.
He looks like a nice young man. Pity he's gone into politics rather than the much more wholesome trade of Loan Sharking. ShipShape

9:03pm Thu 19 Dec 13

profondo asbo says...

got slug pellets?
got slug pellets? profondo asbo

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