Members of the Labour Party in Southend have selected Donna Richardson to contest St Luke's ward at the council elections in May 2016.
Donna lives in the ward and was a keen activist and campaigner at the 2015 elections. Since becoming involved in community politics at those elections she has been
Donna said, "I am over the moon to have been selected. To represent St Luke's Ward, you need to know, understand and love where you live, which I do. I am here for the residents of St Luke's and the town, to be their voice and to move the Labour party forward. This is why I wanted to stand as candidate, and why I hope St Luke's residents will place their confidence in me to be their councillor."
Cllr Ian Gilbert, the leader of the Labour Group, Deputy Leader of the Council, and a St Luke's resident, said, "Donna's enthusiasm and passion on local issues have been clear to anyone who has spoken to her. I am delighted to have her as our candidate, and she would be a decided improvement over the current lacklustre representation that St Luke's residents have in the council chamber."