Local duo vie to stand for Labour at General Election

Ben Cook and Paul Kenny
Ben Cook and Paul Kenny

Two Boston candidates will bid to earn the chance to stand for the Labour Party at the 2015 General Election.

After a series of interviews at the weekend, Paul Kenny and Ben Cook were shortlisted to become the Boston and Skegness candidate.

Mr Kenny - a Boston borough councillor and former mayor - stood for the party at the last two General Elections while Mr Cook was the party’s losing candidate in a Boston Borough Council by-election in Fenside last August.

On September 21 the party will hold two hustings events – one in Skegness and another in Boston – after which votes from members will be counted to choose the winner.

Members will also be able to use a postal vote in advance of that date.

Boston borough Labour councillor Paul Gleeson feels both are strong locally-based candidates and thinks either could do well for the party in May.

He told The Standard: “We think this is a three horse race.

“If you go back to the middle of the 1990s this was a close seat for us.”

He said he expects the strong challenge of UKIP could split the Conservative vote – and believes there is a big opportunity for his party to offer an alternative to voters at the ballot box.

Coun Gleeson added: “For example, whilst we accept that there are issues arising from population change we will be having different answers to the other two.”