An Eastbourne teacher and Labour activist has been selected as the party’s candidate for Eastbourne and Willingdon in next May’s General Election.
Jake Lambert, 25, was selected on Saturday to lead Labour’s fight to win the parliamentary seat. If elected, he would become the youngest MP in Parliament.
Mr Lambert, who grew up in Hampden Park and lives in Old Town with his partner Louise, is a teacher .
He has previously worked in the local hospitality and retail sectors as well as being involved with an Eastbourne-based peace project in Israel-Palestine. He also previously stood for the Labour Party in previous council elections in Ratton.
“I’m proud to have been chosen by local members to lead our local and general election campaigns and to build on the work Labour activists have been doing in our community,” he said this week.
“Under Stephen Lloyd and the Tories, people in Eastbourne have seen falling living standards, our hospital services lost and working people being forced to resort to food banks.
“I will offer a positive vision for our town and protect the local services we rely on.”
Mr Lambert also pledged to focus his campaign on protecting the NHS.
He said, “It was Labour that built our NHS, a Labour Health Secretary that saved our local hospital in 2008 and only a Labour government can rescue the NHS after 2015.”
A spokesperson for Eastbourne Labour Party said, “We are delighted to announce, following a competitive selection process, Jake has been selected to fight Eastbourne and Willingdon for Labour in 2015. As chair of Eastbourne Labour, and as an officer of Eastbourne Trades Council, he has shown his commitment to building a better future for our town and its people.”
Mr Lambert will go up against Lib Dem MP Stephen Lloyd, Conservative Caroline Ansell and UKIP’s Nigel Jones.