Elec­tion can­di­date named

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

THE LABOUR party has picked its can­di­date to run for the Mac­cles­field seat in the next Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Tim Roca, 28, will bid to be­come MP for the Mac­cles­field con­stituency, held by Con­ser­va­tive David Rutley since 2010.

It’s been a Tory seat since 1918 – but Mr Roca said the tide is chang­ing.

He said: “The To­ries have taken Mac­cles­field for granted.

“There is a pro­gres­sive majority who want to see real change. The cost of liv­ing cri­sis is hit­ting peo­ple hard.

“I feel priv­i­leged to be se­lected as Labour’s can­di­date for the area I grew up in.

“Mac­cles­field has been let down both lo­cally and na­tion­ally in re­cent years, and I’m de­ter­mined to fight to put Mac­cles­field first.”

The for­mer Dis­ley Pri­mary and Poyn­ton High school pupil stud­ied his- tory at Lan­caster Univer­sity and was pres­i­dent of the Stu­dent’s Union, tak­ing a role cam­paign­ing against tu­ition fees.

Mr Roca lives in London, where he works as a univer­sity ad­min­is­tra­tor and is an of­fi­cer for Uni­son – but said he’s keen to move back to Mac­cles­field. He also sup­ports the cre­ation of a town coun­cil in Mac­cles­field and is op­posed to re­cent pri­vati­sa­tions within lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

He said: “My fam­ily is still in Mac­cles­field and I come back most week­ends. Peo­ple will see me out knock­ing on doors.

“I support Mac­cles­field’s right to have a town coun­cil and am be­hind coun Laura Jeuda’s cam­paign for Hollins View. I’m out to win this seat.”

MP David Rutley said he will de­fend his seat in the elec­tion next May.

He said: “I don’t take Mac­cles­field for granted.

“Far from it, there’s been a huge fo­cus on Mac­cles­field.

“I’ve been work­ing flat out with coun­cil­lors and res­i­dents re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sion, work­ing for our com­mu­nity.”

At the time of go­ing to press no other par­ties in Mac­cles­field had named a prospec­tive can­di­date to stand in next year’s gen­eral elec­tion.

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