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Paul Collins selected as Lib Dem PPC for Southend West

January 18, 2015 5:46 PM



Paul CollinsWell-known local campaigner Paul Collins has been selected as the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate to fight the Southend West seat at the General Election in May. Paul, who won the selection by an overwhelming share of party member votes, will be a popular choice with residents based on his strong local links and his record of effective campaigning in different parts of the town.

Paul says "I'm both delighted and proud to have been selected. The current political climate has brought a lot of uncertainty, but means there is everything to play for. "

"Like me and my family, voters across Southend West are concerned about jobs, taxation, opportunities for young people - about the NHS, pensions, the environment and local crime levels. But they deserve much better representation than they have now."

"I'm standing for election to ensure there is a candidate with Liberal values and beliefs for voters to have a choice in Southend West. At no time, in past memory, has the liberty and free will of the British people been under so much threat, not only from those who would seek to terrorise us, but also from the Conservatives or Labour in Government, who would seek to inhibit our cherished free
doms as well.
"

Paul Collins aims to build on a long tradition in Southend West, where Liberal Democrat candidates are the main challengers to the Conservatives for the parliamentary seat - no other party has come close to beating the Tories. At the last General Election in 2010, Liberal Democrat Peter Welch took more votes than all the other opposition candidates combined, including Labour.

Cllr Graham Longley, Deputy Leader of Southend Council, says:

"As Leader of the LibDems on Southend Council I was delighted to see Paul elected in Westborough Ward five years ago. He played a significant role within the LibDem Council Group and was an asset to it. He served on a range of committee, becoming the Chair of Audit.

Over his four year term he became well respected by members of the other parties and by the officers.

I have no doubt he will make a super Parliamentary candidate and has the ability to win the seat."

Peter Welch, Lib Dem candidate for Southend West in 2010, says:

"I am delighted that Southend West Liberal Democrats have selected Paul as the prospective candidate for the General Election. Paul is just the sort of person we need as an MP, and is the candidate best placed to beat Amess in May. I will be backing his campaign with enthusiasm."