Labour chooses candidate for Middlesbrough mayor

Darlington and Stockton Times: Coun Dave Budd who has been chosen as Labour's candidate for Middlesbrough mayor Coun Dave Budd who has been chosen as Labour's candidate for Middlesbrough mayor

THE Labour Party has selected its candidate to fight in next year’s mayoral election in Middlesbrough.

Current mayor Ray Mallon, an Independent, has been in the role since 2002, but will not stand in the May, 2015 election.

Labour's candidate will be Dave Budd, who is currently deputy mayor and a leading councillor on Middlesbrough council.

Other candidates who have declared so far are philanthropist Andy Preston and the Green Party’s David Masterman.

Voters opted to keep the elected mayor system in a referendum in September. Labour councillors campaigned for the role to be abolished.

Cllr Budd, a councillor for 20 years, was chosen by Labour Party members from a shortlist of three. Other candidates were Tracy Harvey and Charlie Rooney.

He said: “I am now planning to work hard to convince the people of Middlesbrough that I am the right person to fight for jobs, regeneration and education and to combat inequality in our town.”

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6:22pm Mon 12 May 14

English lad says...

It doesn't matter what his name is or what he stands for because the red Rose he wears will get him in as the electorate will vote for him because their dad did, grandad did and great grandad did and that's why the north east is Knackered!
It doesn't matter what his name is or what he stands for because the red Rose he wears will get him in as the electorate will vote for him because their dad did, grandad did and great grandad did and that's why the north east is Knackered! English lad
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6:43pm Mon 12 May 14

Ron Carter-Bonsteel says...

Good luck to Dave but he will have to show this town he is capable as any mayoral candidate. I want someone who does not hide away from the severe problems we have in this town as we have too many of them now hiding in the town hall as they do in the government Westminster bubble.
This town deserves a lot more than it has had in the past and the people deserve to have their voices heard.
Good luck to Dave but he will have to show this town he is capable as any mayoral candidate. I want someone who does not hide away from the severe problems we have in this town as we have too many of them now hiding in the town hall as they do in the government Westminster bubble. This town deserves a lot more than it has had in the past and the people deserve to have their voices heard. Ron Carter-Bonsteel
  • Score: 4

8:27pm Mon 12 May 14

bambara says...

English lad wrote:
It doesn't matter what his name is or what he stands for because the red Rose he wears will get him in as the electorate will vote for him because their dad did, grandad did and great grandad did and that's why the north east is Knackered!
What a load of party political garbage.

The North East is struggling because the Tory party and Mad Maggie in particular destroyed the entire industrial base of the area.
The northeast was built on an economy of coal mining, steel making, ship building, and heavy industry.
Then the Tories came along and closed it all down. It isn't profitable so shut it all. The people are not important, only money is important.
They did that all in one go without any plan or much (any) interest in how the people of the area would be impacted or how the economy of the area could be rebuilt.
Sociopathic policies brought to the ordinary people by the nasty party.

So yes my dad voted Labour, and yes my Grandad voted Labour, and yes I will vote Labour.
Not because I believe Labour are perfect, but because I have seen the alternatives and I KNOW from experience they are a thousand times worse.
[quote][p][bold]English lad[/bold] wrote: It doesn't matter what his name is or what he stands for because the red Rose he wears will get him in as the electorate will vote for him because their dad did, grandad did and great grandad did and that's why the north east is Knackered![/p][/quote]What a load of party political garbage. The North East is struggling because the Tory party and Mad Maggie in particular destroyed the entire industrial base of the area. The northeast was built on an economy of coal mining, steel making, ship building, and heavy industry. Then the Tories came along and closed it all down. It isn't profitable so shut it all. The people are not important, only money is important. They did that all in one go without any plan or much (any) interest in how the people of the area would be impacted or how the economy of the area could be rebuilt. Sociopathic policies brought to the ordinary people by the nasty party. So yes my dad voted Labour, and yes my Grandad voted Labour, and yes I will vote Labour. Not because I believe Labour are perfect, but because I have seen the alternatives and I KNOW from experience they are a thousand times worse. bambara
  • Score: 3

10:52am Tue 13 May 14

Smig62 says...

English lad wrote:
It doesn't matter what his name is or what he stands for because the red Rose he wears will get him in as the electorate will vote for him because their dad did, grandad did and great grandad did and that's why the north east is Knackered!
Rubbish.
Middlesbrough has only ever elected an Independent mayor.
In every election the Labour candidate was rejected.
[quote][p][bold]English lad[/bold] wrote: It doesn't matter what his name is or what he stands for because the red Rose he wears will get him in as the electorate will vote for him because their dad did, grandad did and great grandad did and that's why the north east is Knackered![/p][/quote]Rubbish. Middlesbrough has only ever elected an Independent mayor. In every election the Labour candidate was rejected. Smig62
  • Score: -2

1:31pm Wed 14 May 14

Claude Ted says...

This town unfortunately hasn't moved an inch under a Labour dominated council & the last mayor was clearly supported by Labour councillors although he wasn't their official candidate.
Needless to say all the last mayor gave us was wastelands where he demolished houses & came with a sullied reputation.
Labour councillors dominated the police authority & look what happened as a result of their incompetence.
We need someone regardless of political affiliations that will actually have the best interests of the town & it's people at heart.
We need someone qualified from outside the political or public sector spheres that understands the realities of moving the Middlesbrough economy forward.
This town unfortunately hasn't moved an inch under a Labour dominated council & the last mayor was clearly supported by Labour councillors although he wasn't their official candidate. Needless to say all the last mayor gave us was wastelands where he demolished houses & came with a sullied reputation. Labour councillors dominated the police authority & look what happened as a result of their incompetence. We need someone regardless of political affiliations that will actually have the best interests of the town & it's people at heart. We need someone qualified from outside the political or public sector spheres that understands the realities of moving the Middlesbrough economy forward. Claude Ted
  • Score: 4

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