‘I will stand up for the many, not the few in North Norfolk and will be a strong voice on Europe’ - Labour’s general election candidate for North Norfolk, Stephen Burke
PUBLISHED: 16:38 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:53 03 May 2017
The Labour Party has named Stephen Burke as its candidate for North Norfolk at the June 8 general election.
He is chairman of North Norfolk Labour Party which has more than trebled its membership in the last two years.
He said: “I will stand up for the many, not the few in North Norfolk and will be a strong voice on Europe.
“The choice at this election is clear. I am the only candidate who campaigned week in, week out to remain in Europe. Labour in North Norfolk was strongly opposed to Brexit. We are the only party who can get the best deal for Britain, for the many, not the few.”
Mr Burke is on the governing body of the NHS in North Norfolk and on the board of Victory Housing Trust, Age UK Norfolk, North Norfolk Community Transport and Norfolk Family Mediation Service.
He lives with his wife, Denise in Happisburgh, and they recently became grandparents.
He has been chief executive of two national care charities and now runs the Good Care Guide and the think tank United for All Ages.
He said: “The Tories backed by the LibDems have been cutting our local NHS, schools, police, care and council services since 2010. Now the Tories are threatening the state pension. Only Labour can oppose the Tories locally and nationally.
“North Norfolk is a great place to live but not everyone is able to make the most of it.
“Labour will invest in affordable homes and better transport, and make work pay with a minimum wage of £10 an hour.
“We need investment in coastal defences, renewable energy, broadband and mobile coverage to support jobs, businesses and make everyday life easier. Labour would invest in all our communities.
“Local people don’t trust the Tories and they have been let down by the LibDems. It’s time for a change in North Norfolk.
“I ask voters to judge our MP on his actions, not his words – he regularly says one thing and does another, as he did on Europe when he abstained in the Parliamentary vote on the key Article 50 Bill.”
At the 2015 general election, Labour almost doubled its share of the vote in North Norfolk compared to 2010.