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Borough Councillor selected as Labour's parliamentary candidate for Rugby

Rugby Editorial 22nd Nov, 2023   0

AN ‘HONOURED’ Rugby man has been selected as the town’s Labour Party candidate at the next general election.

Hundreds of local party members voted to select Coun John Slinger, who currently represents New Bilton at Rugby Borough Council.

Coun Slinger, who lives in the Town Centre and works in the communications industry, has lived in Rugby for 17 years. He was previously a governor of Northlands Primary School and a trustee of Warwickshire Young Carers.

He is married to a teacher and together they have three children.

Coun Slinger said: “I’m honoured to be chosen to stand as the Labour Party candidate. I’ll be working for all of our community to fix some of the issues that the hard working people of Rugby and Bulkington are experiencing.

“When I met local members at the hustings, I spoke about my commitment to leading a campaign that reaches far and wide, one that listens to and engages with voters so that together we can tackle the challenges we face and unleash the potential of the people of our constituency.”

“My first priority is to speak to local people to hear about their concerns and their priorities. I take this responsibility very seriously and look forward to sharing Labour’s positive plan for Rugby and Bulkington. The hard work starts now.”

Speaking at the hustings event at which Coun Slinger was selected, Coun Barbara Brown – the Chair of the Rugby and Bulkington Constituency Labour Party – said: “John is a progressive, engaging and impactful Borough Councillor. I’m confident those qualities will shine through in the election campaign and secure Rugby and Bulkington a Labour seat in Parliament.”

In July, Hillmorton County Councillor Yousef Dahmash was chosen as the Conservatives’ parliamentary candidate, with current MP Mark Pawsey having decided to retire at the next General Election.

The other parties have yet to announce their candidates.

The next UK general election is scheduled to be held no later than January 28 in 2025.

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