Brighton Labour candidate speaks out after controversial selection

Posted On 31 Oct 2014 at 11:23 am

A Brighton Labour candidate has spoken out after he was chosen to stand in place of a deselected councillor.

NHS manager and physiotherapist Daniel Yates, 41, was picked for Moulsecoomb and Bevendean – one of Labour’s safest seats on Brighton and Hove City Council.

He will replace Councillor Leigh Farrow, 59, on the party’s slate when the local elections take place in May next year.

Mr Yates, who was the only candidate at the selection meeting last Saturday (25 October), told the Brighton and Hove Independent: “I’ve spent the last few years enjoying politics from the sidelines.

Daniel Yates“Yes, I have been an activist but I haven’t been standing for election or trying to persuade people of my abilities and experience.

“I had thought those days were well behind me. After all, I had spent many happy years in my twenties and thirties as a local councillor and parliamentary candidate.

“But a few chance conversations in August changed my mind and made be start thinking seriously about throwing my hat in the ring.

“Little did I realise how this single act would impact on people’s opinions of me and their assumptions of both me and my motives.”

Just two members of the local branch took part in the selection meeting which was also attended by six members of the Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party executive.

Mr Yates said: “The suggestion I’ve been ‘parachuted’ into the ward doesn’t stack up. Nor was I approached to put myself forward by some shadowy insiders.

“Being the only candidate at a selection meeting doesn’t make it any less intimidating.

“Having to endure my speech and answers to their questions probably wasn’t easy on the Labour Party members who attended either.

BHIndy generic cover“I simply thought that I should take the brave step of putting across Labour’s case for the future of our city directly and was willing to take responsibility for making sure that if successful those policies are put into action.

“In a city where recycling rates are falling under an environmentally friendly administration, where privatisation is increasingly being suggested and used as the first line of attack on costs (rather than the last option) and where important long-term decisions are being evaded to leave for the next city administration I want to offer a better vision.

“Better access to housing, a focus on delivering the basic council services effectively, a new school to meet the challenges of population changes, balanced and sustainable transport policies that don’t leave residents feeling that their wards have been ignored. These are just some of the policies I’d like to see every resident benefiting from.

“Despite all the speculation and discontent, I’m still incredibly excited to have been chosen.

“Labour have a fantastic team and fantastic message to share about the future direction our city can take.”

  1. rolivan Reply

    You may not have been parachuted in however do you really have a real grasp of the wants and needs of the Constituents in that part of the City they are very different from Hove Actually?

  2. Hjarrs Reply

    What a shambles! And it doesn’t surprise me that there was no contest, it probably didn’t have to be fixed, as is usually the case, as Labour is hollowed out and collapsing across the country.

    Labour have acted disgracefully in the council, putting self interest before the City. If Daniel thinks he will be in the party of power soon, then he better start sharpening the axe and working out what he will be cutting as LibLabCon are all signed up to continuing “austerity” cuts. And Labour will be privatising, make no mistake, we all know that.

  3. feline1 Reply

    Ah, I didn’t realise it he’d been parachuted in to replace the members’ own candidate. Ah well, such is “democracy”.

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