LABOUR’S general election candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock in 2015, Mike Le-Surf has thrown down the gauntlet to current MP Stephen Metcalfe by challenging him to a series of election debates in the coming year across the constituency.
Since his selection last June, Mr. Le-Surf has been meeting residents in the constituency regularly and understands that those who are expressing disillusionment with politics in general do not get the opportunity to engage with their local representatives and candidates as often as they would like.
Mr. Le-Surf has contacted Mr. Metcalfe and challenged him to debate on various topics through 2014 at venues across the constituency that he hopes will be organised by the local press, radio stations and community groups.
Mr. Le-Surf said: “We have to start doing things differently. There is currently a disconnect between many local people and those who are supposed to represent them in parliament. Politicians have to be accessible to the communities they represent. I have a different approach to politics and would welcome the opportunity to debate with Mr. Metcalfe to highlight the differences between the current Tory-led government which is relentlessly pushing hard working residents towards disaster and a Labour government that would address the needs and wishes of local people.
A good MP has to be a good listener so it would be great to take part in a debate in every area of the constituency and give as many people as possible the change to discuss issues that they care about. As an Essex born resident who has the best interests of constituency residents at heart I hope there will cross-party support for this initiative.”
Residents can contact Mike Le-Surf with their views on this topic by email at firstname.lastname@example.org phone 07958 015048 or on twitter @Mike4SBET #bringiton