LABOUR is ready to fight for every vote in Southend West and Leigh, announcing a former mayor as the man it hopes will succeed Conservative Anna Firth.

David Burton-Sampson has been selected as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Southend West and Leigh, the party announced on Friday.

An active member of the Labour Party, David is a school governor, former Basildon councillor, and ex-Basildon mayor.

He says he is keen to champion and support those suffering from the housing crisis, long NHS waiting lists, and the explosive rise in the cost of living.

Echo: Battle - David Burton-Sampson is going up against Conservative Anna FirthBattle - David Burton-Sampson is going up against Conservative Anna Firth (Image: PA IMAGES)


David said: “I’m delighted to be chosen to stand for Labour in Southend West and Leigh. I have lived in Essex since 1999 and I adore being part of the vibrant Southend coastal community.

“I also, however, see the challenges faced by the local community after 14 years of a disastrous Tory government.

“I am passionate about making a difference to people’s lives and I commit now to fight for the residents of Southend and Leigh, ensuring they have the opportunities to access the services and support they need to live a healthier, happier, and fairer life.

“Only a Labour government can deliver the change that Southend West and Leigh needs: getting the NHS back on its feet and taking back our streets by tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.

“I will give voice to the hard-working people of this community and fight to make sure that jobs and opportunities are brought back to Southend West and Leigh.”