Members of the Labour Party in Southend have selected Matt Dent to contest Blenheim Park ward at the council elections in May 2016.
Matt contested the ward in 2015, and saw in increase in Labour's share of the vote, despite a less than idea result nationally for the Labour Party. More recently, Matt has been campaigning in the community, in particular playing an instrumental role behind the scenes in the administration's decision to defer plans to build a pavilion in Blenheim Park.
Matt said, "I am delighted to have again been chosen by Blenheim Park Labour members as their candidate. I am very proud of the campaign we ran in May, and the role it played within the general election campaign in Southend West. I look forward to continuing to speak to residents about the issues that matter to them."
Cllr Julian Ware-Lane, a Blenheim Park resident and Labour's candidate for Southend West at the 2015 general election, said, "I have seen first-hand just how hard Matt works and can attest that he will be a tremendous champion for the ward."
Matt added, "Through Labour's involvement in the joint administration, we have shown what a difference our policies can make to the town. From saving care homes to fighting fuel poverty with the Southend Energy Company, it is clear that Labour is the party with residents' concerns and interests at heart."