Labour announce candidate for Mid Bedfordshire by-election

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Alistair Strathern Labour's Candidate for Mid Beds MP. Image: The Labour Party
Alistair Strathern. the new MP for Mid Bedforshire. Image: The Labour Party

A former teacher who grew up in Bedfordshire and has maintained strong links in the community has been selected to stand as Labour’s candidate for the Mid Bedfordshire by-election.

Alistair Strathern, who is a councillor in Waltham Forest, is a climate expert for a financial regulator and a former teacher. He has served as a councillor and has a track record of delivering for his residents – from fixing up housing to delivering new youth centres and free breakfast provisions.

Alistair has already been out on the doorstep speaking to voters this week and is excited to make the case for a full-time, hard-working Labour MP for Mid Bedfordshire.

Speaking after his selection, Alistair Strathern said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Mid Bedfordshire by-election.

“Bedfordshire’s towns and villages are where I grew up, where I first found work, and where my parents and many of my friends have built their lives.

“People here have been completely overlooked by a Tory government too busy fighting amongst themselves to address the issues that really matter. Under the Tories, we face a cost of living crisis, a collapse in rural policing, spiralling mortgage costs, and thousands of people in Mid Beds waiting for over a month for a GP appointment.

“The people of Mid Bedfordshire deserve better. They deserve a full-time, hard-working MP who puts their needs first, and that’s exactly what I will be offering them in this by-election.”

There is still no word yet on when Nadine Dorries will actually resign after saying she would do so with immediate effect on 9 June 2023.