Southampton city councillor Darren Paffey will stand for the Romsey and Southampton North seat

Daily Echo: Darren Paffey has been selected to fight for the Romsey and Southampton North seat in 2015 Darren Paffey has been selected to fight for the Romsey and Southampton North seat in 2015

LABOUR has chosen its candidate for the fight to become the next MP for Romsey and Southampton North.

Southampton city councillor Darren Paffey will attempt to be the constituency’s first-ever Labour MP at the 2015 General Election.

He will battle with current Conservative MP Caroline Nokes and Liberal Democrat candidate Ben Nicholls.

Daily Echo: Caroline Nokes

Caroline Nokes is the Conservative incumbant

Ms Nokes became the first-ever MP for Romsey and Southampton North in 2010 after she ousted Lib Dem Sandra Gidley, who had sat in the old Romsey constituency since 2000.

Councillor Paffey was first elected to the city council in the Peartree ward in 2011, and has been a member of the Labour party since 2007.

Born in the north east, he moved to Hampshire as a youngster and then moved to Southampton while a student.

The 36-year-old is currently a lecturer in Spanish and linguistics at the University of Southampton.

Speaking after he was selected to stand by constituency party members, he said: “It is an honour to be selected by Labour members to contest Romsey and Southampton North at the General Election.

“We have a Government with poor priorities. They stand up for the wrong people, defending bankers’ bonuses and handing out tax cuts to the very richest, while so many working families are worse off and the most vulnerable have their welfare payments slashed.

“Families are forced to pay a bedroom tax, yet big businesses are let off from paying their fair share. Voting Lib Dem or voting Conservative: it’s all the same now, and neither party seems to understand how tough things are for working people.

“I will fight to protect our NHS, and campaign on local issues like housing and fracking wells. I look forward to meeting local residents over the next year to offer Labour’s alternative and to send a message to this Government that Britain needs change.”

Sandra Smith, chair of the Romsey and Southampton North Labour party, said: “We are lucky to have such a good candidate for Romsey, Bassett and Swaythling.

“A vote for Labour will send a message that ordinary families are worse off since David Cameron became Prime Minister and things aren’t getting any easier.”

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1:44pm Sun 13 Apr 14

cliffwalker says...

I'm glad to see there will be a parliamentary candidate at the next election who seems, also, to have had a life outside politics and has done a normal job. Sometimes it can as if all the available candidates have never done anything except stand for political office and often are just the latest inheritor of a family dynasty.
I'm glad to see there will be a parliamentary candidate at the next election who seems, also, to have had a life outside politics and has done a normal job. Sometimes it can as if all the available candidates have never done anything except stand for political office and often are just the latest inheritor of a family dynasty. cliffwalker
  • Score: 8

4:36pm Sun 13 Apr 14

mickey01 says...

labour lifted the gates for all to come in to this country and i for one will never forgive them for that as they have ruined this country
labour lifted the gates for all to come in to this country and i for one will never forgive them for that as they have ruined this country mickey01
  • Score: -4

4:42pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Frank28 says...

If UKIP are fielding a candidate, then I hope he's prepared to lose his deposit. It is not unusual for freshers to contest a seat that they cannot win. The next Election will be fiercely fought, so be prepared for some dirty tricks campaigning. David Miliband cannot inspire the nation to vote Labour.
If UKIP are fielding a candidate, then I hope he's prepared to lose his deposit. It is not unusual for freshers to contest a seat that they cannot win. The next Election will be fiercely fought, so be prepared for some dirty tricks campaigning. David Miliband cannot inspire the nation to vote Labour. Frank28
  • Score: -2

5:00pm Sun 13 Apr 14

downfader says...

Frank28 wrote:
If UKIP are fielding a candidate, then I hope he's prepared to lose his deposit. It is not unusual for freshers to contest a seat that they cannot win. The next Election will be fiercely fought, so be prepared for some dirty tricks campaigning. David Miliband cannot inspire the nation to vote Labour.
David Miliband is at International Rescue... he's a Thunderbird. You're thinking of his Brother Ed. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: If UKIP are fielding a candidate, then I hope he's prepared to lose his deposit. It is not unusual for freshers to contest a seat that they cannot win. The next Election will be fiercely fought, so be prepared for some dirty tricks campaigning. David Miliband cannot inspire the nation to vote Labour.[/p][/quote]David Miliband is at International Rescue... he's a Thunderbird. You're thinking of his Brother Ed. ;-) downfader
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5:08pm Sun 13 Apr 14

downfader says...

mickey01 wrote:
labour lifted the gates for all to come in to this country and i for one will never forgive them for that as they have ruined this country
No. The EU lifted the gates, we're merely members. It was an agreed process by all member states.

However this current ConDem government has also failed to deal with the issues of immigration, too I note. 4 years to fix it, and yet it has carried on. The truth is we need immigration but it is the pressures on schools, health care and employment its created.

Part of the problem is a generation of younger people raised not to be as hard working as their parents, not to be as competitive as their foreign rivals, and not as politically minded as an older generation who fought for the rights they are now at risk of losing.

I'm not saying Labour is perfect but I'd rather they came back and learnt from their mistakes than any of the other parties.

Perhaps those criticizing Labour should join the party and become activists to make them the party of the people once again?
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: labour lifted the gates for all to come in to this country and i for one will never forgive them for that as they have ruined this country[/p][/quote]No. The EU lifted the gates, we're merely members. It was an agreed process by all member states. However this current ConDem government has also failed to deal with the issues of immigration, too I note. 4 years to fix it, and yet it has carried on. The truth is we need immigration but it is the pressures on schools, health care and employment its created. Part of the problem is a generation of younger people raised not to be as hard working as their parents, not to be as competitive as their foreign rivals, and not as politically minded as an older generation who fought for the rights they are now at risk of losing. I'm not saying Labour is perfect but I'd rather they came back and learnt from their mistakes than any of the other parties. Perhaps those criticizing Labour should join the party and become activists to make them the party of the people once again? downfader
  • Score: -1

5:31pm Sun 13 Apr 14

upwherewebelong says...

it's interesting as the candidate barely speaks about the constituency at all just sounds like he's swallowed the Labour propaganda. Would be nice if all candidates irrespective of party allegiances spoke about the area they're standing in and why they are the best person to represent their voters. In my opinion Ed Miliband and Labour need to get over their hatred of Tories and successful wealthy people and say why they deserve our trust to be better at running the country than the Tories are
it's interesting as the candidate barely speaks about the constituency at all just sounds like he's swallowed the Labour propaganda. Would be nice if all candidates irrespective of party allegiances spoke about the area they're standing in and why they are the best person to represent their voters. In my opinion Ed Miliband and Labour need to get over their hatred of Tories and successful wealthy people and say why they deserve our trust to be better at running the country than the Tories are upwherewebelong
  • Score: 0

8:08pm Sun 13 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

mickey01 wrote:
labour lifted the gates for all to come in to this country and i for one will never forgive them for that as they have ruined this country
You shouldn't believe every thing that you read in the broadsheets, they are no more accurate than the red tops.
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: labour lifted the gates for all to come in to this country and i for one will never forgive them for that as they have ruined this country[/p][/quote]You shouldn't believe every thing that you read in the broadsheets, they are no more accurate than the red tops. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

8:18pm Sun 13 Apr 14

manic75 says...

cliffwalker wrote:
I'm glad to see there will be a parliamentary candidate at the next election who seems, also, to have had a life outside politics and has done a normal job. Sometimes it can as if all the available candidates have never done anything except stand for political office and often are just the latest inheritor of a family dynasty.
I don't classify an academic background as a normal job. Any academics I know are so removed from reality its comical. Most of all, he's Labour, so no way he gets my vote.
[quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: I'm glad to see there will be a parliamentary candidate at the next election who seems, also, to have had a life outside politics and has done a normal job. Sometimes it can as if all the available candidates have never done anything except stand for political office and often are just the latest inheritor of a family dynasty.[/p][/quote]I don't classify an academic background as a normal job. Any academics I know are so removed from reality its comical. Most of all, he's Labour, so no way he gets my vote. manic75
  • Score: 0

10:34pm Sun 13 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Still don't understand why Bassett and Swaythling are in this constituency, we are in Southampton, not Romsey, and it is so lop sided no Labour candidate stands a chance of getting elected.
Still don't understand why Bassett and Swaythling are in this constituency, we are in Southampton, not Romsey, and it is so lop sided no Labour candidate stands a chance of getting elected. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

11:39pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

upwherewebelong wrote:
it's interesting as the candidate barely speaks about the constituency at all just sounds like he's swallowed the Labour propaganda. Would be nice if all candidates irrespective of party allegiances spoke about the area they're standing in and why they are the best person to represent their voters. In my opinion Ed Miliband and Labour need to get over their hatred of Tories and successful wealthy people and say why they deserve our trust to be better at running the country than the Tories are
Unfortunately the NuLabourites can't tell you how they will be better than the Tories, because they have betrayed all the real Labour values and adopted virtually all the Tory policies.

13 years under Blair and Brown proves that fact.

They may contest elections under brand name Labour Party, because many people will vote not on the basis of policies but because of traditional loyalty to that brand, although it has become de facto unofficial right wing of the Conservative Party
[quote][p][bold]upwherewebelong[/bold] wrote: it's interesting as the candidate barely speaks about the constituency at all just sounds like he's swallowed the Labour propaganda. Would be nice if all candidates irrespective of party allegiances spoke about the area they're standing in and why they are the best person to represent their voters. In my opinion Ed Miliband and Labour need to get over their hatred of Tories and successful wealthy people and say why they deserve our trust to be better at running the country than the Tories are[/p][/quote]Unfortunately the NuLabourites can't tell you how they will be better than the Tories, because they have betrayed all the real Labour values and adopted virtually all the Tory policies. 13 years under Blair and Brown proves that fact. They may contest elections under brand name Labour Party, because many people will vote not on the basis of policies but because of traditional loyalty to that brand, although it has become de facto unofficial right wing of the Conservative Party Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: -2

12:04am Mon 14 Apr 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
upwherewebelong wrote:
it's interesting as the candidate barely speaks about the constituency at all just sounds like he's swallowed the Labour propaganda. Would be nice if all candidates irrespective of party allegiances spoke about the area they're standing in and why they are the best person to represent their voters. In my opinion Ed Miliband and Labour need to get over their hatred of Tories and successful wealthy people and say why they deserve our trust to be better at running the country than the Tories are
Unfortunately the NuLabourites can't tell you how they will be better than the Tories, because they have betrayed all the real Labour values and adopted virtually all the Tory policies.

13 years under Blair and Brown proves that fact.

They may contest elections under brand name Labour Party, because many people will vote not on the basis of policies but because of traditional loyalty to that brand, although it has become de facto unofficial right wing of the Conservative Party
I know it's late Paramjit. But I think you need to have a closer look at that last sentence and then make a correcting post. Unless you've gone totally, barking mad.
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]upwherewebelong[/bold] wrote: it's interesting as the candidate barely speaks about the constituency at all just sounds like he's swallowed the Labour propaganda. Would be nice if all candidates irrespective of party allegiances spoke about the area they're standing in and why they are the best person to represent their voters. In my opinion Ed Miliband and Labour need to get over their hatred of Tories and successful wealthy people and say why they deserve our trust to be better at running the country than the Tories are[/p][/quote]Unfortunately the NuLabourites can't tell you how they will be better than the Tories, because they have betrayed all the real Labour values and adopted virtually all the Tory policies. 13 years under Blair and Brown proves that fact. They may contest elections under brand name Labour Party, because many people will vote not on the basis of policies but because of traditional loyalty to that brand, although it has become de facto unofficial right wing of the Conservative Party[/p][/quote]I know it's late Paramjit. But I think you need to have a closer look at that last sentence and then make a correcting post. Unless you've gone totally, barking mad. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 2

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