“I’m overjoyed at the prospect of representing Labour in the area that I have lived my entire life.” Eli Aldridge, 2017 parliamentary candidate for Westmorland & Lonsdale
Eli Aldridge, 2017 parliamentary candidate for Westmorland & Lonsdale

Eli Aldridge was the Labour candidate for the parliamentary seat of Westmorland & Lonsdale for the 2017 General Election.

Eli, who at 18 was one of the youngest candidates in the 2017 General Election, said, “Labour has a strong record in Cumbria. The County Council, which is Labour-led, has implemented a lot of initiatives that have positively affected the lives of many in Westmorland & Lonsdale – despite a programme of austerity imposed by a Tory Government. I believe that a Labour Government would strengthen our community and work for the many not the few.”

Born at Westmorland General Hospital on Christmas Day, Eli was studying towards his A-Levels at Queen Katherine School in Kendal in the run up to the 2017 General Election. As the Youth Officer for Labour within Westmorland & Lonsdale, Eli campaigned locally on many important issues and is particularly passionate about local health provision.

“Under the Conservatives the NHS in Cumbria has faced severe cuts. Labour recognises the importance of integrating Health & Social Care to ensure our loved ones receive the best possible care. Furthermore, I will campaign on behalf of our amazing NHS staff to ensure they are paid a fair and equitable rate.” said Eli.

Paul Braithwaite, Chair of South Lakes Labour and former South Lakeland District Councillor, said “I’m thrilled that Eli was selected as the Labour candidate here in Westmorland & Lonsdale. As a local he understands the issues of the area and offers a true alternative to the career politicians that will be representing the Liberal Democrats and Conservative Party.”

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