Photo: David Ward MP, Jeanette Sunderland and police – Flickr.
Bradford Liberal Democrats have selected Jeanette Sunderland to be their candidate in the Bradford West by-election on 29 March.
The writ was moved yesterday for the by-election after Marsha Singh resigned, for health reasons.
Born and bred in Bradford, Jeanette has been a local councillor for 18 years. In that time she has built up a reputation for being a strong voice for Bradford, and is currently leader of the Lib Dem group on Bradford Council.
Following the announcement of her selection, Jeanette commented:
I am delighted to have been selected by local party members to fight this by-election for the Liberal Democrats.
For nearly forty years Bradford West has had Labour MPs who have failed to deliver fairer taxes for local people, failed to close the gap in health inequality in our city and failed to improve our city centre. I think Bradford deserves better. For too long local people have been neglected, by a Labour party that takes them for granted.
Labour held all three Bradford seats for over 20 years but their monopoly was broken in 2010, when Liberal Democrat David Ward stormed to victory in the neighbouring Bradford East constituency. Since then David has been raising the profile of Bradford in Westminster. David said:
I worked with Jeanette on Bradford Council for 16 years and I know there is no-one better at fighting for Bradford. Bradford needs another strong and independent-minded campaigner speaking up for our city in Parliament.
This by-election in Bradford West gives people a clear choice. Either they’ll get another Labour MP, who’ll take the area for granted, or they can back Jeanette and have a strong, local, positive voice, fighting for them at Westminster.