Brentwood Local Election – Thursday 2nd May 2024

Local Labour team puts forward a plan for
ahead of the 2024 Local Election

Labour has confirmed a ‘full slate’ of 39 candidates for the elections on 2nd May 

With local elections on 2nd May set to elect 39 councillors who will steer Brentwood Borough Council forward, the Brentwood Labour Party has confirmed it is running a full slate of 39 candidates and has developed a comprehensive local manifesto to take on the challenges ahead.

The current Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Gareth Barrett, and his brother, Cllr Dr Tim Barrett, who has led Brentwood’s Housing, Health, and Community Committee for the past year, are running for re-election in 2024. They will be joined in their ward of Brentwood South by community campaigner Elizabeth Jerrard, a software project manager, as they look to continue as Councillors for Brentwood South after a combined fifteen years of dedicated service.

In the newly expanded wards of Hutton North and Hutton South, Labour teams have already been busy meeting residents and listening to their concerns. In Hutton North, social worker Philip Holland, law student Noor Hussain and retired headteacher Neil McAree are a new team that builds on local knowledge and former local government experience. In Hutton South, experienced parish councillor Jane Winter, recent graduate Jonathan Saunders and renewable power entrepreneur Rowan Sumner make up the local team.

The Brentwood Labour Manifesto, ‘A BETTER BRENTWOOD FOR EVERYONE’, is centred around five missions for Brentwood:

  1. Working with and for you;
  2. Protecting our environment;
  3. Saving our town centres;
  4. Building better homes; and
  5. Expanding opportunities for good health.

The 24-page manifesto includes plans for a changing approach at Brentwood Borough Council, alongside clear proposals across all mission areas.

Cllr Dr Tim Barrett said: “Instead of short-term thinking, we would adopt a values-based approach alongside ambitious goals that galvanise action and are regularly reported on. Decision-making would be more informed by community engagement and putting residents first, allowing us to match the ambition and vision of our communities—leading, not dictating.

“We want to lead a proactive council that shapes new opportunities, not a council backstop that, at best, only steps in when things go wrong. It is a new, positive and ambitious mindset for the future – and you can help make this happen by supporting your Labour team on 2nd May.”

Cllr Gareth Barrett added: “This is a dynamic Labour team, with a vision for a Better Brentwood for Everyone. We have huge potential, and we know our community is ambitious.

“Yet we need to move on from a project-by-project approach to one that looks at our community as a whole, works with partners, and ensures the community stays part of the conversation. We can do this by voting Labour on 2nd May.”

Elizabeth Jerrard commented: “This is the year when everything could change. No party starts with seats in the bank or any expectations. Our full slate of 39 candidates has the potential to deliver the change we need. I encourage you to make yours a vote for change by backing Labour in Brentwood.”

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