Stratford Labour have named their candidate for the June 9th Bishopton by-election as seasoned campaigner, Lee Rhodes.
Lee was selected by Labour party members living in Bishopton at a live zoom meeting. Members were particularly impressed by Lee’s recent work highlighting the danger of the Torys’ plans for a so called ‘Developers Charter’ that seeks to remove the chance for residents to influence major planning decisions such as the Trinity Fields development.
Lee’s hands on approach has seen him in Bishopton come rain or shine listening to residents’ issues on everything from rubbish to anti-social behaviour.
Lee, 51, is a public sector Accounting Technician specialising in local government. He lives in Stratford with his wife, Mandy, and has two children who are currently at university. Lee has always had a passion for social justice, acting previously as a workplace union representative. He wants to see our elected representatives being accountable and responsive.
Speaking earlier today, Lee said ‘It’s an honour to be selected as the Labour & Cooperative Party candidate for Bishopton. It’s a wonderful area full of hard-working families with a great sense of community but it also has problems that residents don’t feel are being addressed. I want to champion the voices of people that the other parties have too often taken for granted.’
Cat Price, Chair of Stratford Labour said ‘Lee is exactly what the people of Bishopton need so we’re delighted for him to represent Labour on June 9th. He’s an experienced and tenacious campaigner who puts the day-to-day life of residents at the heart of his priorities. He’ll work just as hard once elected as he does during the election. Between the great feedback we’re getting on the doorstep in Bishopton and the response to our online residents’ survey (https://www.stratfordlabour.org.uk/tell-us-your-priorities/) we’re feeling positive that we’ll soon see a new progressive voice on the Town Council.’