Deputy York Council Leader to Stand as Euro-MP Candidate
5:48pm 9th April 2013
York Council's Deputy Leader Tracey Simpson-Laing has been selected as a Labour candidate for next year's European elections.
She's described the selection as a "huge honour" on Twitter.
In the European elections, parties select a list of candidates and people vote for the party as a whole and not the individual.
Tracey Simpson-Laing has come up with five policies for her European manifesto:
1. Help Yorkshire and the Humber get access to European Funds for jobs and growth
2. Be a positive advocate for the region in Europe and ensure we are noticed
3. Stand up for European employment rights, whilst the Tories try to roll back the state
4. Listen to ordinary people struggling under this colaition Government
5. Be your local voice in Europe by regularly attending CLP and Council Group meetings
York Council leader James Alexander has given his backing saying:
"Tracey is such a hard worker, she's a politician who's pounding the streets door knocking and really engaging with people. I treat this news with some ambivilence, it's really good news that she's a candidate for the European Parliament, I know she'll do a fantastic job as an MEP but obviously I'm sad at the prospect of possibly losing my deputy. But I wish her the best of luck, I am rooting for her to be a Labour MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber"
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