Stroud CLP (re)select David Drew

November 26, 2011 9:35 am

Stroud CLP have selected former MP David Drew as their candidate for the next general election. Drew was elected as MP for the constituency in 1997, and only lost the seat by just over 1000 votes last year.

Married, with four children, Drew was born in south Gloucestershire and has lived in the town of Stonehouse for almost three decades. A Labour Party member for 40 years, in his period of service of more than a decade as a town, district and county councillor for the area where he lives he carried out thousands of pieces of casework for individuals and groups. Despite becoming an MP, Drew remained a town councillor and has served in this role for over 20 years. David is also a long-time member of the Co-operative Party.

Congratulations to David on his selection, and commiserations to the other candidates.

  • Anonymous

    Obviously a local person to the area.

  • Mike45

    Excellent . The last thing Stroud needed was some New Labour careerist clone. They would not have any chance of winning because Stroud is an independent minded place and David is the perfect choice. I am not a Labour member but I would vote for David Drew. I would not vote for some apparatchik robot.

  • jwj

    David Drew is an excellent bloke. In the same way as Gisela Stuart he has an ability to garner votes that would never EVER be labour in any other case. 

  • ThePurpleBooker

    I’m not sure. I’m concerned that the party is reselecting too many ex-MPs for their old seats, which they lost, who have already had long years of service such as David Drew, Anne Snelgrove, Bob Blizzard (but Blizzard seems to be on course to get a big majority next time). I though the other new candidates in Stroud, namely Victoria Powell and Jo McCarron were very impressive but I support the party’s candidates in these marginal seats. So let’s get David Drew back in the Commons (even though he is a tad too leftwing).

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