Stevenage Borough Labour Councillor, Douglas Bainbridge has joined the Conservatives and will fight the elections in May 2018 as a Conservative Candidate. Doug was welcomed to the Conservative Party by Local Government Minister Marcus Jones MP, Stephen McPartland MP and Alexander Clarkson, Chairman of Stevenage Conservative Association.
Doug said, “I have never really been a socialist and it is clear the Labour Party in Stevenage are becoming more extreme as they follow Jeremy Corbyn. There is also an obsession with Stevenage Borough Council controlling the town centre regeneration, but they have no money to do it. The Council launched their plans over 22 years ago and have never got them off the ground. It is time the Labour Council stepped aside, stopped coming up with unfunded schemes and let developers work with our local Member of Parliament to get the job done.”
Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, welcomed Doug and said, “I love Stevenage, but its town centre is not fit for purpose. It needs regenerating and bringing forward into the 21st century. The latest plan fails to regenerate the town centre, as it does not include the shops in Queensway, but don’t worry it includes fancy new Council offices! They also want to knock down the Gordon Craig Theatre, build over 1,300 properties on the Leisure Park, close Lytton Way and there is even talk of moving our train station, which 35,000 commuters in the town rely on. Local people want more seats, more services and more destinations, which I am delivering and from June next year we will have direct rail links to Brighton and Gatwick. It is all there in the Local Plan for anyone to read.”
Alexander Clarkson, Chairman of Stevenage Conservative Association added, “Cllr Bainbridge is a fantastic community campaigner and someone who always puts the interests of local people first. He is a great addition to our team and we look forward to campaigning alongside him in Longmeadow. The Conservative Government has made over £30 million available to pump prime the regeneration and we need to be allowed to get on with it, instead of another pointless paper plan from Stevenage Borough Council.“
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