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Jeff Milburn to fight Jarrow for Tories

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Cllr. Jeff Milburn left, click to enlarge

Tory candidates have strong local connections.

Both South Shields and Jarrow Conservative Associations have chosen candidates with very strong local connections to contest the next general election. South Shields MP and Foreign Secretary David Miliband will face South Shields born and bred Karen Allen, and Labour’s Stephen Hepburn will face Cleadon father of four Jeff Milburn in Jarrow.

Jarrow Conservative Association held their selection meeting on Tuesday evening in Christ Church church hall in Grange Road when they unanimously decided upon South Tyneside Cllr. Jeff Milburn to contest the next election under their banner. The meeting was well attended and Jeff was delighted to see such a good mix of young and old gathered to make their decision, there has been quite a surge in membership of the Jarrow Conservative Party over the past few months, with an important influx of younger people ready to take the fight to Labour. Cllr. Milburn’s adoption was carried in part through the party’s City Seats initiative which encourages associations in the more populated area to find candidates with strong local links and connection, Jeff Milburn certainly fits that bill for Jarrow and ticks all of the boxes.

50 year old Cllr. Milburn represents the Cleadon Village & East Boldon ward and is a lifelong resident of Cleadon Village, he was educated at Cleadon and Whitburn Schools and South Tyneside College, Jeff entered the motor industry aged 19 and, after holding a number of managerial positions, has been self employed for the last 15 years. He is also a deputy chairman of Jarrow Conservative Association.

Speaking after his selection, Cllr. Milburn said:

“It is an honour to have been selected to fight the Jarrow constituency at the next general election. I will be taking the fight to Stephen Hepburn and offering the people of Jarrow a real alternative to a tired and desperate Labour party that has been taking the people of the North for granted for too long. I am looking forward to fighting a positive campaign based upon common sense and traditional north east family values.”

Cllr. Milburn has asked close friend and South Tyneside Council colleague David Potts to be his election agent, so the sitting MP Stephen Hepburn will no that he is in for a stiffer test than usual from the Tory team next year;

“We are extremely fortunate to have such an exceptional candidate for Jarrow. Jeff and I have been close friends for many years, he is a hard working family man of great integrity. Jeff wants the best for Jarrow and will be fighting his campaign on the grassroots issues that matter to local people”,
said Cllr. Potts.
Curly is quite looking forward to the fray and hopes that a little friendly rivalry between South Shields and Jarrow might stir up the passion in local Conservatives, who I hope to see match or better the national swing from Labour to Tory. I think we’ll find that strong local candidates may relate better to local issues (remember Karen Allen is South Shields born and bred and spends many weekends with her parents in her home town) in a way that those from outside the region fail to grasp. I know that many of you feel that a monkey adorned with a red rosette would win these seats for Labour, but considering that Brown’s party is about to take an absolute pasting at the polls, you would have to think long and hard about why you may not wish to give your vote to a strong local alternative candidate representing the party of change next year.

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Written by curly

September 17, 2009 at 8:07 pm

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  1. Do you remember all those unpleasant letters in the Gazette from local Conservatives when a black Tory candidate stood in Jarrow?


    September 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    • Yes, I do recall one or two Bryan, quite annoying at the time.


      September 18, 2009 at 7:34 pm

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