The Bolton News has recently reported Cllr Anna Marie Watters has left the Labour Party citing the direction of the local Labour Party and in particular the councillor contract. There is no doubt that a number of sitting Labour councillors have voiced opposition to the contract. But what is it and what does it mean?
The contract has been developed by the local Labour Party based on the Chorley model and has been agreed by Labour Party officials in the North West Region. It requires candidates to engage with their communities in a range of ways including ‘door knocking’ all year round. It is not a left v right issue it’s about doing what elected representatives should do, listen to their constituents and represent their views.
Local Labour suffered their worst defeat in the May elections last year, the Party has listened and the contract is part of the changes which need to happen if we are to regain power in the town. I want to be part of that change and that’s why I have been happy to sign the contract
Prospective Labour Party candidate Breightmet Ward