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Labour name candidates for local elections

Thursday 18 February 2021

The local Labour party has revealed the candidates it will be fielding in the forthcoming county and town council elections, due to take place in May.

Candidates (left to right): Rob Pinkham, Josh Dean and Veronica Fraser

Hertford elects two county councillors every four years, with Cllr.Bob Deering (Con) and Cllr.Andrew Stevenson (Ind) currently representing the town.

There is also a town council by-election taking place for the Bengeo Ward, following the death of Cllr.Linda Radford (Con) last year.

County Council

Rob Pinkham has been selected as Labour's candidate in Hertford, All Saints division (which is  made up of Bengeo and Kingsmead wards). Rob currently represents the Labour Party on  Hertford Town Council. He has lived in Hertford for 35 years, has served as a magistrate for 29  years and has previously worked in local government, housing and social care.  

Rob said, "There are real challenges facing us in Hertford - the Covid recovery, the climate  crisis, public health crisis and transport. What we need is change and we need committed,  competent Labour Councillors to deliver it."

Josh Dean has been selected as Labour's candidate in Hertford, St Andrews division (which is  made up of Castle and Sele wards). Josh is the Chair of Hertford & Stortford Labour Party, he  has previously campaigned on local issues like the Bircherley Green redevelopment and at age 17 he co-founded the non-profit Teen Voice UK.  

"I was born in Hertford, I went to school here and I've worked in our town centre - right in the  heart of our community. I know the issues facing people in Hertford and I'm proud to have  been selected to stand in the town I grew up in. Together, we can, and we will, pull through  this pandemic and rebuild our community." Josh said.  

Town Council

Veronica Fraser has been selected as Labour's candidate for the by-election to Hertford Town  Council in Bengeo ward. Veronica has been involved in Bengeo's Neighbourhood Plan and in  the campaign to acquire Beane Road Marsh for community enjoyment. She also volunteers as  Chair of her GP Participation Group.  

Veronica said, "I believe strongly in local government, in ensuring that council services are of a  high quality and offer both value for money and a clear benefit for the town. I believe in  actively seeking the views of those I represent and I look forward to working hard for our town." 

The elections are scheduled to take place on Thursday 6th May 2021.


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