Eltham MP Clive Efford has welcomed the selection of local resident Simon Peirce as Labour's candidate in the Eltham North by-election on November 10. "I have known Simon for many years and I know he will be a strong voice for Eltham North" said Clive.
Speaking after the being selected, Simon said "Living locally with my wife I know that Eltham is a great place to live. However, I want to make it even better by building on the fantastic work already undertaken by the Labour councillors for Eltham North."
"As a regular commuter I know that the rail service from Eltham is simply unacceptable. That is why I will do all that I can to work with the Council to support Labour's campaign for Southeastern to be stripped of the franchise to run local trains when it is up for renewal next year and for it to be given to Sadiq Khan and TfL. I will also be supporting Clive's campaign for longer trains. It makes no sense for millions to be spent on lengthening station platforms if there are no carriages to lengthen the trains."
Simon is also extremely concerned about our local NHS. "The recent decision to privatise local orthopedic services makes no sense and I will be supporting the Council's demands that the plans be scrapped. Such a move - using the new laws introduced in 2012 by the Tory/Lid Dem coalition - will take money out of the NHS and will threaten the viability of other vital services such as our A&E departments."
Simon is also looking forward to working to ensure that the new cinema opens on schedule. The council has invested £14 million to bring a new 6-screen cinema to Eltham High Street, which will also bring Nandos and Pizza Express restaurants to our town centre. Money is also being spent on refurbishing the High Street. "Investment like this is crucial if we are going to continue to attract businesses to Eltham to ensure our Town Centre has a rosy future," explained Simon.
Simon will also ensure that the views of local people are listened to when the new parking regulations are reviewed in the next few months.
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