Newly elected officers of a revived Labour Party in Uckfield and surrounding villages are, from the left, Will Ball, Angie Airlie and Gareth Looker.

Labour Party membership grows in Uckfield

The number of Labour Party members in the Uckfield area has grown by more than 200 per cent in the past year.

And, at a meeting at Uckfield Civic Centre on Thursday, a committee of officers was formally elected to help the local branch of Wealden Constituency Labour Party become an effective campaigning force in the town and outlying villages.

The committee includes local residents Gareth Looker, chair; Angie Airlie, vice-chair; Will Ball, treasurer, and Liz Maudslay, secretary.

Local issues where Labour can help residents and businesses were also identified at the meeting. Categories nominated for attention included, housing, poverty and welfare, and infrastructure, including transport, road and rail, telecommunications and broadband.

Chair Gareth Looker said: “In many respects Uckfield can be seen as a rural idyll with a thriving business community. But although the town is centrally located in East Sussex we seem to be on the fringes in terms of planning for future prosperity.

“And let’s not forget that even in a successful town like Uckfield there is a need for a foodbank to help many families, and that 24% of households in Uckfield live below the poverty line. Uckfield Labour wants to ensure everyone has an equal share in the success of the town.”

Labour Party branches have also been reinstated in Hailsham, Crowborough and Forest Row.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Uckfield Branch, or Wealden Constituency Labour Party is cordially invited to get in touch by calling Gareth Looker on 01825 769697.

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