Roger Pepworth will be Labour’s candidate for the upcoming Dunstable Town Council by-election in Manshead ward brought about by Desmond Moffatt’s ejection for non-attendance.
Roger, the Chair of Dunstable Branch Labour Party, was unanimously selected to fight the election by a meeting of the branch held at the Beecroft Centre on 28th November.
A retired head teacher of 13 years and long-time local resident, Roger has previously served as Councillor for Manshead ward, narrowly missing out on re-election in 2015. He also served 4 years as Chair of Governors at the ward's St Augustine's Primary School.
Roger says, “I’m keen to get back on the job, so I can work for the people of the ward in which I live, to offer a real and positive alternative to the complacent, smug and failing council that we now have, and to try to bring life back into our once-thriving market town.”
Constituency Labour Party Secretary Phil Crooks welcomed Roger’s selection: “That this by-election is taking place at all is an indictment of Tory neglect of the people of Manshead ward. The cost of staging it shows up Tory claims to represent good value for local voters’ money as the empty rhetoric they are. Manshead deserves a town councillor like Roger, committed to fighting for their interests every day instead of ignoring them.”