The Government have announced that the Police & Crime commissioner elections and DCC elections will go ahead in May 2021; Hardyal Dhindsa will be re-standing as the P and CC for Labour and Cllr Peter O’Brien, the district councillor for Hathersage & Eyam, will be the candidate for the Bakewell division of DCC; this includes Bakewell, Bradwell, Hathersage and Eyam, & Litton and Longstone wards.
Peter’s “Pen Portrait”
“Bakewell is currently represented by Judith Twigg, Conservative, who is standing down. Judith has been in post for many years, and it is time for a change. As the Lib Dems and Green Party have agreed not to stand, it will be a straight contest between us and the Tories.
Peter is from Grindleford, where he has lived for over 20 years. A long-standing member of the Labour Party, he is a Parish Councillor, School Governor and a member of Hope Valley Climate Action. In retirement he is a volunteer driver with Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport, where he is also a Trustee. In May 2019, Peter won the DDDC seat of Hathersage and Eyam from the Tories, the first time it has ever been held by Labour.
Peter has campaigned for more affordable housing for local families for many years, both to rent and to buy. He is also active in trying to maintain our network of bus services, and more recently has played a leading role in tackling climate change, including committing the District Council to become a carbon neutral authority by 2030. He has led the campaign to ban disposable BBQs in vulnerable moorland areas, an initiative which continues to be opposed by local Conservatives. In Bakewell itself, he has been actively engaged in making the proposed new “health hub” at Newholme hospital a reality. Very recently Peter succeeded in persuading the Council to change their rules on the Covid 19 Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, meaning more working people can benefit from £500 payments when self-isolating.
Bakewell will be a hard seat for Labour to win, but it is not an impossible task – particularly with the support of the Lib Dems and the Greens. We will succeed by working together over the next couple of months, with our unique brand of enthusiasm, energy, passion and commitment. Everyone has their part to play! “
Our branch covers 4 District Council wards, but only the Bakewell ward falls in the county seat. We will therefore be asking members, whichever ward they live in, to only campaign in Bakewell to give us the best chance of a Labour victory.
We need all sorts of help to get the word out about Peter and his campaign. Firstly, we need to have a few volunteers to sit on Peter’s campaign team, please let me know if you can.
We don’t yet know exactly what format the campaign will take because of Covid restrictions but want to be as prepared as possible. We will need offers of help; including writing envelopes, making phone calls, sharing social media posts and putting up posters. If allowed we will also need to go leafleting. One person calling up one friend or putting up one poster is making a positive contribution. Whatever you can do, however small, is very welcome. Please do get in touch with me. Thank you.
Have you applied for a postal vote? Who knows where we will be with Coronavirus in May? Postal voters are likely to determine the outcome of the election. The link (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote) to apply to vote by post. Download an application form, and encourage your family and friends to apply, too!