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BIG TURNOUT FOR LAUNCH OF JAGTAR SINGH DHINDSA’S MAYORAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN
Over 100 supporters turned out at the West Herts Sports Club on a Friday evening to hear guest speaker Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow International Trade Secretary and launch Labour’s campaign to elect Jagtar Singh Dhindsa as the next Mayor of Watford.
Jagtar Singh Dhindsa said,
“After 16 years of Lib Dem rule it’s time for change in Watford. Dorothy Thornhill has squandered money on vanity projects and broken her promise to reduce Council tax to the County average. Watford’s hard-pressed residents still pay the highest tax in the County but have suffered cuts in services year after year. The Lib Dems have just put the tax up by a further 3% whilst sitting on £25 million of reserves. It's a disgrace.”
Labour candidate pointed to massive cuts to grants to Watford's voluntary sector, the closure of supervised play facilities and the reduction in the number of street sweepers as examples of cuts. Jagtar said, "Every £1 given to the voluntary sector is worth £5 in added value to our community. I will reverse these cuts." He went onto highlight his key pledges including
Barry Gardiner, MP for Brent North said, "We should not forget that the Liberal Democrats voted through all the Conservative's policies in government for 5 years and their austerity policies have caused terrible inequality in our society. Watford is a key seat for Labour at the next General Election. The Tory majority was cut to just 2,000 by Labour's Chris Ostrowski last June. Jagtar is a highly experienced councillor and an ideal mayoral candidate. This May's mayoral election is a real opportunity to sweep the Lib Dems aside and at the same time build a stepping stone to a Labour victory, whenever the Tories are forced to go to the country again - which may be soon!"
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Jagtar Singh Dhindsa selected as Labour's mayoral candidate
Watford Labour Party members have selected their candidate to fight the Watford mayoral election in May 2018. Vicarage ward councillor and chair of Watford Borough Council, Jagtar Singh-Dhindsa will contest the election.
Councillor Singh-Dhindsa said: “I am delighted that Watford Labour Party members have chosen me to represent them in the mayoral election next year. I will be a unity candidate to represent not just Labour in Watford, but all residents, to make our town a better place to live for everyone – for the many, not the few.
“I want Watford to become and fairer and more just town. It can only be done by stopping austerity from being imposed on its beleaguered residents. I also want a clean, vibrant, diverse and family-friendly town that offers job opportunities, good housing and first-class retail, leisure and sports facilities for its residents, business community and visitors.”
Councillor Singh-Dhindsa, who first became a councillor in 1994, has identified his campaign priorities as:
Mike Jackson, chair of Watford Labour Party, said: “We are delighted to have a candidate of Jagtar’s character and experience standing as our mayoral candidate. He will truly be a mayor to represent all of Watford. Our town faces many challenging issues and we’re confident that Labour values will bring a better deal to our residents and community.”