The Labour Party candidate standing in the Bexhill Collington by-election says she wants to give “ordinary people” a voice on the local council.
Sara Watson, 48, is standing for Jeremy Corbyn’s party in the election on October 27 for the vacant seat on Rother District Council.
The former hairdresser, who has lived in the town, was selected by the Labour Party to fight the seat, which was held by independent councillor Tony Mansi.
Ms Watson, who has a 21-year-old son, said she intends to raise the profile of the Party in the town and campaign on issues that have a direct effect on people who live in Bexhill.
She said: “I’m delighted to have been selected by the Labour Party and it is a real honour to stand as a candidate.
“I believe that the things Jeremy Corbyn stands for make sense, and the more people actually listen to his arguments the more people come over to his way of thinking.
“The Labour Party stands for protecting the ordinary people and for too long issues that have a direct impact on people’s lives such as transport, housing, the NHS and local facilities have just been forgotten.
“Austerity is not working and the effects are being felt by people all across the town as they struggle to make ends meet.”
Ms Watson, who said her love of politics was forged debating issues with her Conservative-supporting family while watching BBC’s Question Time, has helped raise thousands of pounds for local charities.
She said: “I am anxious to make sure that the Council safeguards the future of all our local parks and green spaces, because children and their families should have high-quality outside space they can enjoy for free.
“The transport situation in the town is terrible; everybody can see the shambles that a privatised railway has become.
“I will fight to ensure funding for the NHS in Bexhill is maintained and that the hospital’s future is guaranteed.”
Ms Watson, who was brought up in Eastbourne, and attended Ratton School, currently works on a project to help the homeless in the local area.
She said: “I am also a passionate believer in renewable energy and believe that is the way forward for the future and that fracking should not be allowed.”
Roger McCarthy, Secretary of the Bexhill and Battle branch of the Labour Party, said: “I’m delighted that Sara is fighting this ward for us.
“She is a superb candidate, full of enthusiasm, passionate about the issues that affect local people and is a real credit to the Party.”
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