Councillor named as Labour candidate

John Ferrett
John Ferrett

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LABOUR’s parliamentary candidate for the north of Portsmouth has been named.

Cllr John Ferrett, leader of the local Labour group, has been selected to compete against current MP Penny Mordaunt, who represents the Conservative Party.

Cllr Ferrett is also a negotiations officer for trade union Prospect, representing members working in both the public and private sectors, including managers, engineers and specialists for BAE Systems at Portsmouth naval base.

Cllr Ferrett said: ‘I am delighted to have been selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth North. I’m really looking forward to getting on with the job of winning the seat back for Labour in 2015. Although we have a huge task ahead in overturning the majority that Penny Mordaunt holds, our performance in recent elections in Portsmouth North shows that the gap has closed considerably. I hope to continue to close that gap by showing voters they are better off with Labour, and better off without the divisive policies of the Tories.’

Cllr Ferrett is a member of the city council’s planning committee and Labour spokesperson for community safety and the environment.