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Gloucester Labour choose Sophy Gardner for Parliamentary Candidate

by Barry

Yesterday, after Speeches, Questions and Answers, and a nervous wait for the result, Sophy Gardner was selected by Gloucester Labour Party as our candidate to fight the 2015 general election.

There was a great turn out to the hustings, which saw David Purchase, Sophy Gardner and Keir Dhillon put though their paces by the membership.  We had opening statements from them all followed by just over an hour of Questions, ranging from Iraq, to Gloucester Tigers via the military covenant and their private members bill.  All candidates gave good answers and the audience were certainly appreciative of the passion showed by all three.

After the vote was counted, it was announced that Sophy had won.  I think for the first time ever, I jumped to my feet to applaud I was so pleased.

Sophy gave a great thank you speech, and for me the two main stand out point for me were, firstly that in all her time in the RAF, she had moved from place to place, but finally she had somewhere to call home, and secondly that no matter who voted for who, that is in the past.  We have a common aim that can only be achieved with unity of purpose.


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Joe K April 21, 2013 - 1:06 pm

If Sophy Gardner was the best choice, does that mean that the others have been hawking themselves around even more constituencies looking for a seat to contest? Because I’m fairly sure David Purchase hasn’t?

I know I said I’d consider supporting Labour again if Parmjit Dhanda wasn’t PPC, but with the local party appearing to parachute in yet another candidate, I really would like to know who else put their names forward, so that we the voters can know who the party rejected in favour of this wunderkind…

Barry April 22, 2013 - 7:39 am

Joe – I don’t think it has really got anything to do with how much anyone has applied for other seats in the past. You will see that most candidates anywhere have applied for at least one seat in the past, even if just to understand the process (though your right, David has not applied anywhere else before). Also, just because someone is local, it doesn’t mean that they have all the skills that we as members feel are needed to lead the local party as well as win the General Election.

I would recommend that you wait until you meet Sophy before making your decision about if to support her, and the Party, or not.


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