TUSC party candidate to stand in election

Election candidate Ray Smith
Election candidate Ray Smith

A former Wyre councillor from Fleetwood has entered the fray of the parliamentary contest for the port’s constituency.

Ray Smith, of Hatfield Avenue, Fleetwood, has confirmed he is the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) parliamentary candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood.

Mr Smith has experience of contesting local council seats for TUSC in recent years, unsuccessfully fighting both Lancashire County Council and Fleetwood Town Council vacancies.

Now he will contest the marginal parliamentary seat as a prospective MP against Conservative incumbent Eric Ollerenshaw, Labour’s Cat Smith, Liberal Democrat Robin Long, the Green’s Chris Coates and UKIP representative 
Matthew Atkins.

The poll takes place on Thursday, May 7.

Mr Smith, 56, said: “It is a bigger pond than the council elections, but the principles are still the same.

“I believe passionately there is another way forward and that the cutbacks to key services which are still ongoing are hugely damaging.

“In order to repay the deficit we need to invest in the economy and jobs, not destroy jobs with savage cutbacks.”

Other areas of the manifesto include protecting workers’ rights, calling for an end to zero hour contracts and the controversial Bedroom Tax, opposing fracking and privatisation of public services.

Mr Smith was formerly a governor at Fleetwood High School and Charles Saer Primary and served as a Labour councillor in Wyre for Bailey ward from 1995-99.