LABOUR Party members have chosen their candidate to fight the next general election in Bognor Regis.
A packed meeting in the town last Saturday ended with Alan Butcher being chosen after a head-to-head contest.
The one-member, one-vote poll for the person to stand in the Bognor Regis and Littlehampton constituency in next May’s election put him ahead of his fellow hopeful, Jan Cosgrove.
Both made speeches to the meeting and were grilled separately on subjects such as the performance and cost of rail services through to back-door privatisation of the NHS and a flawed housing market.
Alan, 42, who lives in Littlehampton, said: “I will fight an honest but challenging campaign based on reversing the damage the Lib Dem/Conservative coalition policies have done to many people’s lives and on delivering better representation to all the communities in our constituency.”
Local Labour chairman George O’Neill said: “Both candidates impressed us with their speeches and answers.”
Born in Littlehampton, Alan has lived in the constituency all his life apart from his studies at University College London.
He has been a member of Littlehampton and Arun councils and a school governor. He fought Worthing West for Labour in 2001 and has campaigned on many issues around Littlehampton.