Former teacher is Labour hope

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Newmarket Journal OCTOBER 2012''Michael Jefferys ENGANL00120120510163453

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A former Newmarket maths teacher and a Mildenhall student are among the candidates that will be fighting the West Suffolk seat in next year’s General Election.

Labour has selected Michael Jefferys and the former Newmarket College assistant principal will be bidding to take the seat from the Conservatives for the fourth time.

The 62 year old of Churchill Avenue, who has been a Newmarket town councillor for 16 years and a Forest Heath district councillor for 12 years, said economic development was needed in the area as well as measures to address the ‘housing crisis’ particularly for young people.

“We’re reaching levels of inequality not seen since the Victorian times I don’t think that’s good for our communities,” he said.

Twenty-three-year-old student Niall Pettit, is Green’s first candidate in the West Suffolk constituency. He was born and brought up in Mildenhall and was a teacher at an environmental study centre and teaching assistant at Mildenhall College Academy.

He is currently studying for a masters degree in public policy and environment at the UEA, in Norwich.

In Bury St Edmunds, Labour is fielding confectionery making consultant Bill Edwards, 63, who previously represented the party in Braintree at the last election.

“Bury is much more my sort of place. My first priority for the town is listening to what people want rather than telling them what I think they should want,” he said.

He wants to see more affordable housing, better transport and improved railway services. Mr Edwards, who has worked in research and development in the food industry, said he would try to protect the interests of the sugar industry when EU regulations come up for renegotiation in 2017.

“If elected I will work unstintingly for the people of Bury without fear or favour,” he added.

Others candidates already announced for the Bury seat are Jo Churchill (Conservative), Dr Helen Geake (Green) and John Howlett (UKIP).