Redcar & Cleveland Labour Group today (20 January 2012) expressed “delight” at the result of the Newcomen by-election, which saw Labour candidate John Hannon win a seat from the Liberal Democrats following the sad death of Cllr Glynis Abbott.
Newly-elected Labour councillor for Newcomen ward, who is a former firefighter and who used to be a Liberal Democrat, said: “When Nick Clegg sold the Liberal Democrats out to the Tories, I left the Lib Dem party”.
“The result in Newcomen shows that the people of Redcar are also leaving Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats, instead wanting elected representatives who will fight for them, rather than those who will accept blatantly unfair Tory/Lib Dem cuts.”
“And what is also shows is that the people of Redcar certainly do not want elected representatives who espouse intolerant, Islamophobic views.”
” The Redcar Labour team and I ran a very active campaign in Newcomen ward, and I look forward to continuing to work hard with my Labour colleagues and local residents to move West Redcar forward.”
” I would like to thank everyone who voted for me for their support, and assure everyone that I will work hard for Newcomen residents all-year-round, regardless of whether they vote Labour or not.”
Added Labour Leader George Dunning, “John is a very welcome addition to Labour’s team of councillors and we’ll continue to work together as a Group to move the borough forward despite difficult circumstances ”