A Labour Councillor representing the Pitshanger ward in Ealing has made it to a longlist for being selected to be Labour candidate MP for Northampton South at the next general election.
Having been elected as a Labour councillor for Pitshanger in May 2022, Ben Wesson is wooing local Labour members in the Northampton South constituency to become the parliamentary candidate for the party when the next election is announced.
In a recent tweet and video on 31 January 2023, Councillor Wesson said: “Really pleased to announce that I’m on the longlist for selection in Northampton South. I’m Northampton-made and will work tirelessly to deliver a Labour victory for our town.”
If Councillor Wesson does well, he would then be shortlisted for local Labour members to vote for.
Really pleased to announce that I’m on the longlist for selection in Northampton South.
— Ben Wesson (@benwesson) January 31, 2023
Since January, Councillor Wesson has been on a campaign to get selected.
Through Twitter on January 10 2023, Councillor Wesson revealed: “I am Northampton-made. I studied here, hot my first job here, and bought my first home here. Now I want to take on the Tory MP & get the Labour government Northampton needs.”
Councillor Wesson becomes the latest Ealing Labour councillor to express their interest in standing to become an MP since being elected in May 2022. In October 2022, South Acton Councillor Callum Anderson sought to become the Labour candidate for Stevenage but didn’t make the shortlist.
If Councillor Wesson makes it from the longlist, he will be then be challenging other candidates on a Northampton South Labour shortlist when local Labour members will then vote for their candidate.
I’m standing to fight & win the next election as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Northampton South.
I am Northampton-made. I studied here, got my first job here, and bought my first home here. Now I want to take on the Tory MP & get the Labour government Northampton needs. pic.twitter.com/qHg9otiTY5
— Ben Wesson (@benwesson) January 10, 2023
In a campaign video, Councillor Wesson said: “As most you know, Northampton is where I studied, hot my first job and bought my first home. I’m Northampton-made and woyld be honoured to represent out town. I’m proud of Northampton, but the Tories are holding it back.”
He added: “After over a decade of austerity, our public services, like Northampton General Hospital are at breaking point. Our public spaces, like the market square are crying out for vision and investment.
“We know all too well what a different Labour can make in government and that’s why I’m standing, to revive our services, our public spaces and our economy.”
“All of us in Northampton South and across the UK deserve better.
“I won a council seat that, until recently, was safe for the Tories. Door by door, street by street, we listened to local people and won their support and I’m ready to do it all over again.”
In his campaign, Councillor Wesson has been getting endorsements from both local and national Labour politicians.
Ealing Labour Councillor and Deputy Leader of Ealing Council & Cabinet Member for Climate Action Deidre Costigan said on Twitter: Delighted @benwesson is standing to be the next Labour MP for Northampton South. Northampton made and an active trade unionist, I know he’ll knock on every door to win for Labour and to make Northampton better.”
EALING.NEWS has reached out to Ben Wesson to ask for an interview about his campaign.