Labour Party announces all 10 county council candidates for Lincoln next year
The Labour Party has sent a strong message to rivals by announcing all ten candidates who will stand in Lincoln at next year's county council election - seven months before voters go to the polls.
The party, which has only five seats on the local authority following a demoralising defeat in 2009, has already begun campaigning.
Caroline Flint, Labour's shadow secretary for energy and climate change, attended a party meeting at Grafton House in Lincoln on Saturday, November 3, and urged party members to learn from recent election defeats.
The Member of Parliament for Don Valley said: "This has to be the earliest launch of county council candidates in the entire country.
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"It's about campaigning every day, year in, year out.
"We lost heavily in terms of Lincolnshire County Council in 2009 and the general election in 2010 - we have to learn from our mistakes and show we mean business this time.
"This is why we have set our stall out early. Getting candidates elected and people interested in local government is very important.
"Sometimes as a party we have failed to even get somebody to stand for a seat. I really hope this is not the case for our party in Lincolnshire, next year. We need to earn people's support once again. After big losses, this is a chance to put the wrongs, right."
The Labour Party aims to overturn a huge majority currently being enjoyed by the Conservative Party.
The Tories hold 62 seats in the County Hall chamber.
The Lincolnshire Independents hold six seats, while the Liberal Democrats and Labour both have four. Also attending the meeting were Lucy Rigby, the party's prospective MP for Lincoln, Lincolnshire Police and Crime and Commissioner candidate Paul Gleeson and Labour's county council leader Rob Parker.
Mr Parker has challenged his party to sweep the voting in Lincoln by winning all 10 county council seats on offer.
He said: "In 1993 we won every seat in Lincoln on the county council.
"In 1997, we won every seat, in 2001 we won every seat and in 2005 we won every seat.
"In 2009 we won three seats. There has to be a reason for that. We have the potential to win all ten seats in Lincoln.
"I have made it clear this is our aim and maybe that is an over ambitious aim but I don't think it is - given our record."
Talking about the meeting, Mr Parker added: "It has been really successful and we'd like to do something similar in other parts of Lincolnshire.
LABOUR'S 10 COUNTY COUNCIL CANDIDATES FOR 2013
Lincoln North: Judy Renshaw.
Lincoln West: Robert Parker.
Lincoln Glebe: Neil Murray.
Lincoln East: Robin Renshaw.
Lincoln Bracebridge: Sue Burke
Lincoln Moorland: Geoff Ellis.
Lincoln Park: Nev Jackson.
Lincoln Boultham: Kev Clarke.
Lincoln Hartsholme: Gary Newson.
Lincoln Birchwood: Rosie Kirk.