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Election 2017: The battle commences as Havering’s Labour candidates outline key priorities

PUBLISHED: 16:30 04 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:37 09 May 2017

Rocky Gill, the Hornchurch and Upminster Labour candidate. Picture: Ken Mears

Rocky Gill, the Hornchurch and Upminster Labour candidate. Picture: Ken Mears

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One has represented a constituency for 16 years, another is a valued NHS worker and the other comes from a working-class background.

Angelina Leatherbarrow has been chosen as Labour's election candidate for Romford. Picture: Sam Gould. Angelina Leatherbarrow has been chosen as Labour's election candidate for Romford. Picture: Sam Gould.

Together they hope to win all three seats for Labour in June’s general election, after the party completed its London parliamentary candidate selection process on Tuesday.

NHS worker Angelina Leatherbarrow was selected for Romford, Rocky Gill – who voted Leave in the EU referendum – was chosen for Hornchurch and Upminster, and Jon Cruddas will once again fight for Rainham and Dagenham, a seat he has held since 2001.

“I have a record of delivering on my promises.” Mr Cruddas said.

“In Havering my message is clear.

“Don’t let the Tories concrete over Rainham, South Hornchurch or Elm Park.

“They plan to build 30,000 new properties in the borough but where are the health, education and police services and infrastructure to go with it?

Jon Cruddas delivering a petition to No 10 Downing Street in 2014. Picture: Isabel Infantes. Jon Cruddas delivering a petition to No 10 Downing Street in 2014. Picture: Isabel Infantes.

“I will fight to make sure they don’t dump them in the south of the borough, jeopardizing the green belt and local environment that over the years I have worked with residents to protect.” Mr Cruddas added that he would fight for a better c2c service and against cuts to policing and school funding.

Outlining her key election pledges, Ms Leatherbarrow, who works as an NHS patient experience facilitator said: “Romford is ready for a change in leadership.”

Her five key pledges include fighting to keep a triple-lock on state pensions, and increasing funding for social care, the NHS and schools.

“I want to ensure that Brexit works out best for people that have got fears and concerns about it.,” she added.

“I will fight for a soft Brexit that represents everybody not just a few.”

Barking and Dagenham councillor, Rocky Gill said he plans to get Havering’s District Line stations re-zoned to Zone 5 and will work to ensure the council work hard to deter fly-tippers plaguing the area.

“I will be Hornchurch and Upminster’s voice in Westminster, not Westminster’s voice in Hornchurch and Upminster,” he said.

“I am keen to meet local residents and businesses to discuss their concerns and how I can help.”

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